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Formula 1 Its Own Worst Enemy with 2015 United States GP Qualifying Cancellation

The signs, literally, were there. "ATTENTION," shouted the big screens at the Circuit of the Americas on Friday afternoon, minutes after the second free-practice session ahead of the United States Grand Prix had been cancelled due to torrential rain. "STORMS ARE STILL IN THE AREA." And sure enough, 24 hours later, the dark-grey skies hanging over Austin, Texas, had shown no signs of shifting. Formula One had been here before, of course: In 2004 and 2010, qualifying for the Japanese GP was moved from Saturday to Sunday as a result of heavy rain, and the same occurred as recently as the first round of the 2013 campaign in Australia. On each occasion, the sport had wandered blindly into the eye of the storm, its organisers unable—or jus...

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