US GP FP3 to go ahead as planned despite torrential rain

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The FIA has confirmed that the final free practice session for the United States Grand Prix will go ahead as planned in spite of heavy rain and flood warnings in Austin.

A series of storms have hit Austin and the surrounding area as part of a weather front stemming from Hurricane Patricia, which hit the west coast of Mexico on Friday.

Heavy rain on Friday caused the second Formula 1 practice session to be cancelled, but conditions have not eased overnight, prompting officials to issue flood warnings and urge against travelling on the roads.

The FIA has monitored the situation throughout the day, offering regular updates on the weather conditions in Austin amid talk of a possible change to the weekend schedule.

COTA confirmed earlier this morning that the gates at the track would remain closed to fans until midday.

However, following a final check of the track at 9:30am CT, race control confirmed that FP3 would go ahead as planned, starting at 10am CT.

Drivers were told that full wet tires must be used until further notice due to the track conditions, but it is likely that there will be cars on track as the result from FP3 could form the grid if qualifying is unable to go ahead.

You can watch FP3 live on Live Extra, or via live stream at f1stream.nbcsports.com.