Torrential rain washes out FP2 at Austin

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AUSTIN, Texas – It’s never a good story when you, as a reporter, have completed as many laps in a session as the entire field of 20 drivers and cars competing in the United States Grand Prix at Circuit of The Americas in Austin.

Yet that’s the situation I, and anyone else in the media centre here, finds themselves in following torrential rain that has washed out second free practice today.

The session was canceled just before 3 p.m. CT and local time.

At 1:45 p.m. local time, the FIA indicated the “Risk of rain for this session is 100%.”

Just six minutes later, at 1:51 p.m., this graphic flashed: “Start of P2 will be delayed indefinately. Marshals unable to work due to the proximity of lightning.”

The rain wasn’t too bad just before the start of the session but within five minutes, it turned to absolute buckets of rain coming down on the circuit.

At 2:56 p.m. CT and local time, this graphic confirmed the session was canceled:

“P2 is cancelled. No medical helicopter operations for the next 2 hours.”

Ever competitive though, teams kept posting on Twitter. Here’s some of the highlights from the non-session:

Heck, we even entered the party for a bit.