Due to the suspension on Saturday’s second and third Formula 1 qualifying sessions, the Australian Grand Prix Corporation has been forced to reshuffle its programmed schedule of events for today.
With the remainder of qualifying set to kick off at local time, organisers have arranged to have spectator gates open from 10:00am, while ticket offices will open half an hour earlier.
The changes come after the FIA Race Stewards opted to suspend proceedings in qualifying upon the advice of the sport’s governing body’s medical and safety delegate, Charlie Whiting.
“The stewards are the only people who can make any change to the timetable so we suggested to them that we postponed until tomorrow morning,” Whiting is quoted as saying in a press release issued by the Australian Grand Prix Corporation.
“It was the only sensible thing to do and it put a lot of people out of their misery in very difficult conditions. And with such a late start time for the race, there is plenty of scope here for that to happen.”
“We always look forward to the start of a new season. Melbourne inevitably puts on a good show, and it’s always a great place to start the season. Invariably we have good weather – although not always!” he laughed.
The decision to suspend proceedings today would not have been easy, amidst the other tasks he has to fulfill in what is expected to be a busy period of scrutineering.
“The first race of the year is inevitably busier than most, and there are a lot more things to check this weekend that you don’t have the time to check on beforehand.
“We work fairly long hours – we’re either at the track or asleep – so you don’t have time to reflect on the races or take them in. I usually have a queue of people waiting to see me!”