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Russian Grand Prix 2021, F1 qualifying: live updates from a damp Sochi 

Qualifying is due to begin at 1pm and it may well begin at that time if the weather eases, but there could be a significant amount of waiting. That said, it is unlikely to extend much beyond 3pm BST as the sun sets at just after 4pm BST. F1 has stated that its main intention is to get qualifying done today, though, hence why practice was cancelled quite decisively. Again, making the decision to do something is only part of the equation today…

So, then, what if qualifying cannot be completed on Saturday? There should be a suitable – and dry – slot on Sunday morning where it can be run, as happened in the 2019 Japanese Grand Prix which had Saturday cancelled due to Typhoon Hagibis. Wet qualifying is usually a thrill, though, so it would be a shame to lose it. 

In any case, whatever will happen will happen and we will be here to provide updates throughout. If that means merely FIA/F1 and weather news then so be it. But fingers crossed for some on-track action today. 

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