Russian Grand Prix FP3 abandoned as rain wreaks havoc with fears qualifying could follow

“If qualifying isn’t able to happen today, as we’ve seen a few times before in the past, then we will redo a programme and hold qualifying on Sunday morning.”

With the forecast remaining unchanged since Friday morning, teams were aware schedules may be disrupted on Saturday, with Lewis Hamilton adamant Mercedes had done all their checks to preempt such a scenario.

“Yes, I think we definitely ticked off as much as we could through the sessions, very clean sessions, no issues,” said Hamilton.

“We made the changes we wanted, the car’s probably not perfect but we’ll work on it tonight.

“Set-up, me and Valtteri are quite different on set-up deliberately – we’ve gone in different ways to try and see which is best, so tonight we’ll probably try and understand, study those and figure out how to come back to the right path.” 

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