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Summary

  1. Second practice cancelled - lightning threat to circuit marshals
  2. Heavy rain and storms expected all weekend as a result of Hurricane Patricia
  3. Rosberg fastest in first practice, Hamilton 5th
  4. Hamilton could win title in Austin

Live Reporting

By Chris Osborne

All times stated are UK

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If you've been with us for the duration of the two hours of what should have been FP2, then you've essentially read the words of a man talking about rain and James Marsden (Google him). And for that, you should be congratulated.

For more serious musings on the consequences of today's washed out practice session, read the thoughts of Andrew Benson right here.

If there is a final practice tomorrow, we will bring it to you from 15:30 BST tomorrow, so please come back and join us.

What did we learn today : everything is big in Texas, even the rain.... 🌧☔️🌧 #USGP #r8main 🇺🇸😂

So, cancelling FP2 was definitely the right call. I'm looking at a live feed of the track in Austin. A terrifying darkness and shroud of rain has sunk over the Circuit of the Americas. All you can see is a flicker of an F1 logo in the distance, and nothing else. The sound is just a continuous howl of wind.

I feel like I'm writing the first page of one of those terrible novels you see advertised at train stations. But the conditions really are horrible in Texas.

I wonder if our boss at BBC Sport Towers has seen this? Can I go home yet gaffer?

When the boss tells you to take the afternoon off... ;) #F1 #USGP #FP2

When the boss tells you to take the afternoon off... ;) #F1 #USGP #FP2

Sing us a song, you're the piano man

Lewis Hamilton
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Did you know that Lewis Hamilton likes to tickle the ivories (or an elephant friendly ivory-substitute)?

Well, if you'd read the world champion's latest BBC column, you would have known this already.

Check it out here.

Austin crowd
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It's just gone 3pm local time in Austin, and there will be plenty of soggy, disappointed F1 fans leaving a very soggy Circuit of the Americas.

Nico Rosberg's Mastermind subject? Stating the bleeding obvious.

not much racing possible at the moment in Austin… #live #noPractise #F1 @circuitamericas @MercedesAMGF1 #USGP
not much racing possible at the moment in Austin… #live #noPractise #F1 @circuitamericas @MercedesAMGF1 #USGP

not much racing possible at the moment in Austin… #live #noPractise #F1 @circuitamericas @MercedesAMGF1 #USGP

BREAKING: #FP2 Cancelled due to heavy rain in Austin #USGP #F1

BREAKING: #FP2 Cancelled due to heavy rain in Austin #USGP #F1

P2 Cancelled

Confirmation that there will be no more practice today. The reason is that the medical helicopter will not be allowed to take off for the next two hours, presumably because of the storm.

Marden
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I'm determined to turn this into a discussion of James Marsden's oeuvre. (See previous updates if you're confused).

#bbcf1 my wife has just reminded me that I've seen James Marsden many many times when she has watched the film 27 Dresses... #F1isRandomNow

F1 friends

It seems Force India, Mercedes and Lotus are in the cool gang in the paddock. Why no invite for the other teams? 

Since we can't race cars, we think some other competition should be in order. @Lotus_F1Team, @MercedesAMGF1, you in?

Since we can't race cars, we think some other competition should be in order. @Lotus_F1Team, @MercedesAMGF1, you in?

With all this rain falling, it would be remiss of me not to use the opportunity to show you another picture of Daniel Ricciardo preparing food for punters. 

Enjoy.

Ricciardo
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How Hamilton can win title

While we wait for action, take a look at how Lewis Hamilton can become world champion this weekend. Assuming he doesn't get swept out into the Gulf of Mexico.

Title permutations
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There are a few more people taking their seats in the grandstand, which could be false optimism.

A race control car is testing out the track - but it's still lashing it down.

Also, there's a guy out there holding a shovel, getting absolutely soaked. Maybe he's there to sort out some of the divots in the track?

Wonder if it's got a Renault engine...

With track time looking limited, it could be time to unleash this classic... 😉 #USGP☔️🇺🇸 #F1

With track time looking limited, it could be time to unleash this classic... 😉 #USGP☔️🇺🇸 #F1

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And people like to complain about the rain over here in the UK! #bbcf1

#bbcf1 this is doing wonders for the image of the sport in America. 90 minutes of watching an empty track....

Dedication is tuning in for FP2 and instead listening to @f1_vettel and @LeeMcKenzieTV flirting! #bbcf1 #USGP

What if it rains forever?

A few of you asking about what happens if we don't get any qualifying for you. Jennie Gow has your answer...

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Vettel
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There's some awkward banter about phone numbers going on between Seb Vettel and the BBC's Lee McKenzie down in the Ferrari garage. Get a room already.

On the rain, VetteI says: "If it's like this we can't run today. I hope tomorrow's better but the forecast doesn't look any good. It's a shame for the people in the grandstands."

Former driver and Top Gear presenter Tiff Needell is enjoying the coverage...

Listen to the BBC team talk about everything except the action on the track by clicking the Live Coverage button on this page.

Interesting to hear @benedwardstv on #bbcF1 talking about how rain often sorts the men from the boys. So less grip highlights best drivers!!

Oh, it really is awful in Austin. The rain is slapping down with the ferocity of a big fella dive-bombing into a swimming pool. That sounds like thunder rolling in the background.

The Texan rain is unrelenting... #FP2 #USGP #F1
The Texan rain is unrelenting... #FP2 #USGP #F1
The Texan rain is unrelenting... #FP2 #USGP #F1

The Texan rain is unrelenting... #FP2 #USGP #F1

While the start of FP2 is delayed, feel free to discuss the merits of the acting work of James Marsden. Apparently he was in Saved by the Bell too!

(I'm definitely not filling time).

#bbcf1 James Marsden was also in Superman Returns as Lois' boyfriend, which was why he was killed off in X-Men 3.

Green blobs bad. Red blobs more bad.

#F1 #BBCF1 #USGP #FP2 The @UBIMET radar says it all: more showers incoming. Teams were warned it would deteriorate!

#F1 #BBCF1 #USGP #FP2 The @UBIMET radar says it all: more showers incoming. Teams were warned it would deteriorate!

Christian Horner says Renault's "preference" is to run upgraded engine in Brazil “They want to do a bit more reliability work”

Horner
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Red Bull team principal Christian Horner talking to BBC Sport: "There's a lot more rain due. If we can run we will get out there because it could be like this on Sunday."

Horner completely straight-bats questions about rumours linking them with an engine deal with Honda next year.

"When there's something to tell, you'll be the first to know."

He also told Sky Sports they'd be the first to know, so he's fibbing to someone.

You can listen to commentary by clicking the Live Coverage button on this page.

FP2 highlights

It actually looks like the rain has slowed some what - but the clouds on the horizon are big and nasty looking.

So, while we wait for FP2 to start, why not take a look at the highlights (or should that be highlight?) from FP2.

You can do so right here.

Marvel men

Jenson Button is doing some schmoozing.

Here he is with James Marsden.

I wasn't sure who he was either - until I realised he's Cyclops from X-Men. One of the most underused characters of the franchise in my opinion.

A-list spot: star of X-Men and many mega movies, actor James Marsden meets JB outside our garage in Austin. #USGP

A-list spot: star of X-Men and many mega movies, actor James Marsden meets JB outside our garage in Austin. #USGP

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Most of us love it when it gets wet and wild - particularly during a race. Tell us about your favourite rain-hit GPs using #bbcf1 on Twitter.

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Rosberg
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There are currently yellow school buses going up the home straight every few minutes. It's a bit like a scene from a Hollywood disaster movie when they use all the school buses to evacuate a city. With this storm approaching, it might not be far from the truth.

Kimi v Valtteri

Andrew Benson

Chief F1 writer in Austin

“The controversy over the collision between Kimi Raikkonen and Valtteri Bottas in Russia two weeks ago was still rumbling as the F1 circus pitched camp in Texas.

"Raikkonen was not shifting from his opinion that he had done nothing especially wrong - ‘I would still do it tomorrow again’ - nor Bottas from his opinion that Raikkonen was over-ambitious.

"Raikkonen, who had successfully pulled the same move earlier in the race, was asked whether he had not realised that Bottas would close the door if he tried it again. ‘I saw it in the end,’ he said, ‘but obviously once you’ve decided to go there…. I tried to brake and turn as much as I could but there’s no way to avoid it. Maybe he didn't expect it or didn't see me. I tried to slow down and turn in but y’know, in the end if there’s no space, there’s no space. We’re going to collide.

"'It’s unfortunate, but that’s racing. We are here to race. It is pointless to cry afterwards. I’m sure that people like it more than just following each other’.”

Bored, Lewis?

This is how dull FP1 was...

Hamilton took to Snapchat in an attempt to amuse himself (and his many, many followers), saying he was "sooo bored". We'll give him that. It wasn't the most riveting of sessions.

Lewis Snapchat
Lewis Hamilton
Rosberg
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Here's a quick reminder of what happened in the first session. Nico Rosberg was top of the pile, followed by Daniil Kyvat, Sebastian Vettel, Carlos Sainz and Lewis Hamilton.

Rosberg has to beat Hamilton on Sunday to stay in the title race. The German was on pole in this GP last year - but surrendered first place to his team-mate.

A Question of Ricci

Question of Sport
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Daniel Ricciardo is a talented gentleman. Not only is he currently getting ready for FP2, he's also on BBC One featuring in A Question of Sport.

If you fancy giving it a watch, head over to BBC One right now. (But also stay here).

Get indoors

Those thunderstorms are so close, Circuit of the Americas are warning people to take cover. I'm looking at pictures of the track - it's end-of-the-world rain. Ark-building conditions. So just like living in Manchester, really.

Lightning has been spotted in the area around #COTA. Please seek shelter indoors, in vehicles or in tents. #USGP #F1

Did we mention the rain?

There wasn't much to get excited about in that first session. Will FP2 be any better? A lot will depend on the weather - there are storms lingering in the Austin area. In fact, in the last 20 minutes or so, the heavens have absolutely opened over the Circuit of the Americas.

Jenson Button has the proof...

It's a little bit wet here in Austin! 😱

It's a little bit wet here in Austin! 😱

Rosberg fastest in wet practice

Rosberg
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That's it for FP1 then. Why don't we all go dry off? Have a hot bath, maybe? I might.

We'll be back here at 19:30 BST to bring you the second practice session - there's a concern the rain will make a return too.

Until then, read Andrew Benson's report on the day's action so far. See you on the flip side (as they may say in the USA).

PROVISIONAL CLASSIFICATION (END OF FP1): Rosberg leads the Red Bulls in Texas #USGP #FP1

PROVISIONAL CLASSIFICATION (END OF FP1): Rosberg leads the Red Bulls in Texas #USGP #FP1

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