Fans attending the Brazil Grand Prix qualifying and practice rounds had complicated moments during the first day of activity due to relentless winds and rain that showered the race.
During the practice and qualifying race, rain and strong winds caused the detachment of one of the roofs in the grandstands of the Jos Carlos Pace circuit.
The incident, in which no injuries were reported, occurred in the area on turn 15 of the Interlagos track. Afterward, the rain forced Qualy 3 to be suspended even with minutes left to run while attendees had to look for shelter and protection.
All of the racing activity and excitement will resume at Interlagos on Saturday with the Sprint Shootout at 9:00 a.m. 2:30 p.m. ET, meanwhile, the Sprint Race will be held on Sunday at 1:00 p.m.
Max Verstappen earns Pole Position during Qualifying Round
Formula One champion Max Verstappen of Red Bull began the Brazilian Grand Prix in pole position, with his teammate Srgio Perez lagging in 9th position at Interlagos after Friday’s qualifying.
Verstappen clocked 1 minute, 10.727 seconds in qualifying, which was cut short due to rain.
Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc will start in second position, with a lap 0.294 seconds behind Verstappen’s.
Two Aston Martins will be in the second row with Lance Stroll and Fernando Alonso, respectively.
Perez, who is still fighting for the runner-up position in the drivers’ championship with Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton, will see his rival start from 5th place on Sunday.
Verstappen has won a record 16 of 19 races so far this season, including four in a row. That includes the first two stops in a monthslong tour of the Americas. Verstappen won the U.S. Grand Prix in Austin, Texas, two weeks ago, then last Sunday at Mexico City.