HScott teams get cozy

Ryan graduate Marcos Castro is at Texas Motor Speedway with HScott Motorsports and Michael Annett’s No. 46 Chevrolet, but the team’s hauler burned before it made it to Fort Worth.
An HScott employee just told me at the No. 51 hauler that both teams are sharing that truck this weekend. Annett’s backup hauler is making its way west with the car that will be raced next week in Arizona.

I predict intermediate tyres

Rain has really slowed to something less than a sprinkle. It’s 69 minutes till race time.

Q2 update/Q3 canceled

Perez off track., Raikkonen off track. Hamilton spins. Vettel spins. All continue on their way.

Rain picks up.

9:52 a.m. — Start of Q3 set for 9:58.
9:53 — Intermediate tires not allowed.
9:56 — Q3 delayed until 10:05.
10:02 — Q3 canceled.

Rosberg wins pole for the U.S. Grand Prix. Hamilton second, Ricciardo third, Kvyat fourth, Vettel fifth.

Ricciardo was fastest in Q1, followed by Rosberg and Hamilton.

Running in the rain

Back here at Circuit of the Americas, qualifying is underway for today’s U.S. Grand Prix. It’s raining lightly, and the cars are slipping around the course. Good stuff.

Eliminated after Q1 were Ericsson, Nasr, Rossi, Stevens and Sainz. So, both Saubers, both Manors and Sainz’s Toro Rosso.

Qualifying postponed

After a rain delay of 3 hours, F1 qualifying has been postponed until 9 a.m. Sunday.

The race is scheduled to start at 2 p.m. Sunday, with the NBC broadcast beginning on Fort Worth’s KXAS-TV (Channel 5) at 1:30.

One last attempt

Race officials will decide by 4 p.m. whether qualifying will have to be postponed until Sunday morning.

I wish I could blame all these songs about rain

Gary Allan is not from Texas, but he is from California, which is where American F1 driver Alexander Rossi is from.

At 2:55 p.m., qualifying delayed another 30 minutes, to 3:30.

When the cloud is rolling over, thunder’s striking me

Clint Black is from Texas.

Qualifying delayed another 30 minutes, to 3 p.m.

Crews getting a little crazy

I’m not sure how much of this NBCSN is airing, but these globetrotting pit crews are getting little loopy with the rain delay. Some of them are being pulled around pit lane on a box as if it were a rowboat.

Also, qualifying has been delayed another 30 minutes, to 2:30.

Parts of track look like the Comal River

At 1:20 p.m., qualifying was delayed another 30 minutes, to 2 p.m.

F1 at COTA is about to have another conflict with NASCAR, as NBCSN is scheduled to air Sprint Cup qualifying at 3 p.m.

Last year, this F1 race in Austin was scheduled for the same day as the Cup race in Fort Worth, which is a Chase race and was one of the best of the year. The chatter I’m hearing is that there were a lot of empty seats in the COTA media center last year.