Why rain should not stop play in Formula 1

Why rain should not stop play in Formula 1

The postponement of qualifying for the Australian Grand Prix last weekend showed that Formula 1 needs to change its regulations to adapt to wet tracks, argues Dieter Rencken

A glance at Formula 1's record books shows that rain has regularly stopped or delayed races, with, in fact, the third world championship round of the inaugural season in 1950 having been halted at two-thirds distance due to a storm.

To be fair, though, the race was the Indianapolis 500 at the Brickyard, which until 1960 formed an anomalous part of the world championship. Ovals and rain have never been easy bedfellows.

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