Formula 3 has moved its first race of the weekend forward to today in response to the forecast of heavy rain on Saturday at Sochi Autodrom.
The opening sprint race runs for a maximum of 40 minutes, leaving a narrow window for it to be completed before sundown in Sochi, which is at 18:15.
F3 confirmed the change had been made due to “an uncertain weather forecast” for Saturday.
The accommodate the change, Formula 2’s qualifying session has been moved forwards from 16:25 to 16:20 local time.
The support races have already been affected by heavy rain in the region. The paddock area for the junior series were partially flooded on Wednesday while team were setting up. Mechanics were seen wading through inches of standing water after rainfall on Tuesday in the marquee garages that F2 and F3 use on race weekends without permanent support paddock facilities.
F3 is set to conclude its season in Sochi, the final weekend having been moved forward from the US Grand Prix already. Dennis Hauger and Jack Doohan remain in contention for the title.
Revised Sochi support race and F1 schedule
|Formula 3||Race one||17:25|
|Formula 2||Race one||10:30|
|Formula 1||Practice three||12:00|
|Formula 3||Race two||13:40|
|Formula 2||Race two||16:45|
|Formula 3||Race three||09:55|
|Formula 2||Race three||11:20|
|Formula 1||Russian Grand Prix||15:00|
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