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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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  1. Post update

    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.

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    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.

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

  6. Sing us a song, you're the piano man

    Lewis Hamilton

    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.

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    Austin crowd

    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.

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

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  10. 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.

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    Marden

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

  12. F1 friends

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

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    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
  14. 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
  15. Post update

    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?

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

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    Vettel

    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."

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    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.

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    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.

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    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).

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    Green blobs bad. Red blobs more bad.

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    Horner

    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.

  26. 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.

  27. Practice delayed

  28. 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.

  29. Get Involved

    #bbcf1

    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.

    Malaysian grand prix 2009
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    Rosberg

    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.

  31. 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’.”

  32. 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
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    Rosberg

    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.

  34. A Question of Ricci

    Question of Sport

    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).

  35. 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.

  36. 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...

  37. Rosberg fastest in wet practice

    Rosberg

    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).

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    So Nico Rosberg was quickest in FP1, setting a lap time of 1:53.989. There's just over a two-second gap to Daniil Kyvat and his Red Bull team-mate Daniel Ricciardo is in third.

    Carlos Sainz is fourth, Lewis Hamilton fifth.

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  41. Chequered flag

    That's that then. Not the most exciting or revealing practice session ever. In fact, it might be the least exciting or revealing practice session ever.

    What we have learned is that the track is a bit bumpy. There's no change to the top five.

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    Speaking of Fernando Alonso, he's decided to liven things up by going off the track. It's no catastrophe, as there's plenty of run off and he's back on his way.

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    Three minutes of the session left and basically nobody can be bothered. Most of the drivers have gone back to their luxury cabins to enjoy a cup of herbal tea. Alonso and Bottas are out there.

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    The Red Bull's of Daniil Kyvat and Daniel Ricciardo are second and third respectively. So to celebrate, here's a picture of Ricciardo serving food to a very happy customer.

    Ricciardo
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    Jenson Button and Fernando Alonso are putting the McLaren to the test - but the results aren't scintillating at the moment. Alonso is 2.850secs behind Nico Rosberg, down in ninth. Button is almost another second further back in 13th.

  48. Get Involved

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    Do you like it wet? Tell us about your favourite rain-affected GPs using #bbcf1 on Twitter

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    Rosberg

    Nico Rosberg is out of the car and looking pretty chilled, leaning against a railing and taking in the times on a TV screen. We're unlikely to see the German out again in this session.

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    Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen and Sauber reserve driver Raffaele Marciello are the only men on the track right now, as we close in on the final 15 minutes of FP1. Raikkonen is more than two seconds behind leader Nico Rosberg after the first sector.

  51. 'McLaren can win next year'

    Andrew Benson

    Chief F1 writer in Austin

    “There’s nothing like a bit of pressure to focus the mind, and that is exactly what Fernando Alonso has put on McLaren and Honda with his comments on Thursday.

    "What step do you need to make to say that next year is the right direction? ‘Two and a half seconds,’ Alonso said. ‘If we improve two and a half seconds we will win next year.’

    "Is that realistic? ‘Yeah, I think so.’ The bold words were straightforward enough - we have good plans, Honda is optimistic about the progress they can make with the engine.

    "But the underlying message was very clear - a reminder that Alonso went to McLaren to win, that his patience is not infinite, and that they need to get their act together. Fast.”    

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    Vettel

    The temperature has climbed slightly in Austin - which means the track is getting stickier. It also means we might see a bit more pace in the second session.

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    Nico Rosberg leads Daniil Kyvat by 1.235secs at the top of the board. The top five remains the same, with Daniel Ricciardo, Carlos Sainz and Lewis Hamilton in there.

    Daniil Kvyat
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    Here's our brilliant weather dude Ian Fergusson with the latest for the weekend:

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    So, 19 of the 20 drivers have registered a lap. The only man to not do so is Pastor Maldonado. The Venezuelan has been sat in the garage staring at his motionless car for most of qualifying - which some of the other drivers might be thankful for.

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    Well done Valtteri, well done, sir.

  57. Get Involved

    #bbcf1

    We're asking for your favourite wet race memories, plus your own experiences with rain-soaked roads...

  58. Tyre dilemma

    As is the way in the southern echelons of America, what was once a wet track has now dried up nicely. That will cause a few decisions around tyres though. Some started on wets, some on intermediates - neither might not be useful at the moment.

    Sebastian Vettel
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    And in further troubling Lotus news, Romain Grosjean is heard on the radio asking if the vibrating he feels when he brakes is "normal"?

    I'd say only if your brakes are made of strong cheese, Romain.

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    Lots of tinkering going on with Pastor Maldonado's Lotus. It may be gearbox related - if that gets changed he'll incur a penalty. I'm not sure Lotus can afford many gearboxes...

  62. How they stand

    There are 45 minutes of first practice remaining - here are the top five:

    1. Nico Rosberg

    2. Daniil Kyvat

    3. Daniel Ricciardo

    4. Carlos Sainz

    5. Lewis Hamilton

  63. Red Bull stick with engine

    Andrew Benson

    Chief F1 writer in Austin

    “For some reason, Red Bull have been a bit coy about which spec of Renault engine they will run here this weekend. Renault have brought an upgrade, using 11 of their 12 remaining tokens, but the team claim it is worth about only 0.15secs a lap and therefore, as Daniel Ricciardo said on Thursday, ‘probably not worth’ the grid penalty, especially on the track on which they expect to be most competitive of the remaining four.

    "BBC Sport can reveal that Red Bull will run the old spec on Friday and almost certainly for the rest of the weekend, although that has not been officially confirmed by the team yet.”     

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    Nico Rosberg has shed another second off his leading time, as he registers a 1:53.989. 

  65. Get Involved

    #bbcf1

    We're wet and wild in Austin, Texas this weekend. We want your memories of F1 in the rain - use #bbcf1 on Twitter to get involved.

  66. Bottas bump

    Valtteri Bottas almost takes out his whole Williams team with a slight misjudgment. The Finn overshoots the mark as he comes into the pits and causes a few engineers to wake up as they dive out the way. "Sorry for that," Bottas says on the radio as he sheepishly makes his way back on to the track.

    Bottas bump
  67. Hamilton off the mark

    Lewis Hamilton is on the board and is fourth, 0.591secs behind team-mate Nico Rosberg. Between them are Daniil Kyvat and Daniel Ricciardo.

    Lewis Hamilton
  68. Ferrari brakes broken?

    Ferrari have told Kimi Raikkonen to take it easy on the brakes. "We might have a problem," they tell the Finn - if only this race was in Houston...

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    It's a proud day for Alexander Rossi as he he takes to the track in his home GP. The Manor driver has the slowest lap of the nine drivers to register a time so far - but he's done it in this awesome-cool star-spangled car.

  70. 'I hope he annihilates me'

    Andrew Benson

    Chief F1 writer in Austin

    “As expected, Fernando Alonso will have exclusive use of an upgraded Honda engine here in America this weekend - the one he used in Friday practice in Russia, where he took the grid penalty for it. But don’t get your hopes up - insiders say the improvement is marginal at best.

    "‘From the cockpit it is difficult to feel this kind of difference,’ Alonso said, ‘but the data shows the improvement on the engine is as expected. This is good news because there is a little bit of a different concept on how the engine is built'.

    “Production schedules mean that Jenson Button will not get his version of the engine until a subsequent race (Honda has not confirmed which one as yet). ‘I’m hoping it’s a really good upgrade,’ he said. ‘I hope he’s really quick and annihilates me all weekend! It’s unusual to say that.’ It was a clever and cute thing to say in the circumstances.”

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    Nico Rosberg has registered the quickest lap at 1:55.102 as a few times start to appear on the board. Five other drivers have completed a lap as the track looks to dry off a tad - Kimi Raikkonen, Jenson Button, Marcus Ericsson, Sebastian Vettel and Raffaele Marciello.

    Nico Rosberg
  73. Get Involved

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    Rain can mean many things. Drama, excitement or, if it's really bad, total boredom.

    Do you prefer grands prix when it's wet and wild? Or do you like a fair fight on a dry track?

    What are your most memorable races in the rain?

    What are the worst driving conditions you've ever had to deal with (feel free to send us a photo)?

    Get in touch on any of these using #bbcf1 on Twitter.

  74. Post update

    Only Marcus Ericsson has registered a complete lap (2:01.702) - he mentioned that the home straight has a few unexpected bumps. Felipe Massa has complained of the odd river here and there on the track.

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    Mercedes may be eyeing up a run out - and it will be with the intermediates.

  76. Red Bull and Honda?

    Andrew Benson

    Chief F1 writer in Austin

    “The latest development in the increasingly ridiculous saga over Red Bull’s future engine supply is that the former champions have now approached Honda about next year.

    "It’s somewhat ironic that a team who claimed they would pull out of F1 if they did not get a competitive engine is now going cap in hand to troubled Honda. But leaving that aside for now, the reality is that McLaren have a contractual veto over any decision of Honda to supply a second team and it is highly unlikely they would want Red Bull to have one.

    "Insiders say the most likely resolution for 2016 is that Red Bull use an unbranded Renault engine. Beyond that, sources say Red Bull is recruiting a lot of engine engineers with a view to building at least part of their own engine in the future. Some believe they are planning to buy an internal combustion engine from Renault - or Cosworth - and put their own hybrid system around it.”

  77. Maldonado out of gear

    Pastor Maldonado's Lotus has barely got on the track and it's having problems. He tells his team there is something wrong with the gear box and he'll be heading back to the pits to get it looked at, which is a shame, as I was looking forward to what the eccentric Venezuelan might get up to in the wet.

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    Ericsson is joined on track by both of the Ferraris, who will be keen to give that new engine a run out. And now the numbers on the circuit are starting to swell.

    "It's not too bad," Ericsson says of the track on the team radio.

  79. Go! Go! Go!

    Or more like, wet, wet wet.

    FP1 is under way and it's started with the thrilling drama of Sauber's Marcus Ericsson out on the track. 

  80. History repeating itself for Vettel

    An interesting side note: Sebastian Vettel suffered a penalty at the US GP last year for exceeding power unit changes.

    Sebastian Vettel
  81. Post update

    Andrew Benson

    Chief F1 writer in Austin

    “Lewis Hamilton’s path to tying up a third world title this weekend with three races to go has been eased considerably by Ferrari’s decision to fit a new engine to Sebastian Vettel’s car.

    "Kimi Raikkonen, by the way, will also have a new engine. It is the Ferrari drivers’ fifth power-unit this season - one more than allowed - so that triggers an automatic 10-place grid penalty. Hamilton needs to beat Vettel by nine points to extend his margin sufficiently for the Ferrari man not to be able to catch him for the rest of the season. What that means mathematically is that if Hamilton wins the race and Vettel is lower than second, the title is Hamilton’s.

    “For Nico Rosberg, meanwhile, it is even simpler. Such is the margin between himself and his team-mate and the performance of their car that, realistically, he has to beat Hamilton to keep the championship alive. ‘I've got nothing to lose,’ he said. ‘I want to win. I have the opportunity to win and it's a great target to have. I'm focused. That's it. I'm still aiming for first (in the championship) and that's what I'm thinking about. Even if I know it's difficult and I need a lot of luck.’”

  82. Vettel penalty

    To make things even better for Hamilton, Sebastian Vettel has been handed a 10-place grid penalty this weekend.

    The Ferrari driver is set to exceed the number of permitted engines this season.

    It's already looking like Hamilton's weekend...

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  84. How can Hamilton do it?

    Lewis Hamilton

    Lewis Hamilton could be a three-time world champion come Sunday.

    Here's how:

    Hamilton needs to outscore Sebastian Vettel by nine points and his team-mate Nico Rosberg by two points. Simple really.

  85. 'It looks like Texas could be underwater'

    Andrew Benson

    Chief F1 writer in Austin

    “Lewis Hamilton could well clinch a third world title in Austin on Sunday, but let’s not get ahead of ourselves just yet. Before then, there is the small matter of a grand prix weekend to be get through, and if that does not sound that unusual a challenge, you have not seen the weather forecast.

    "Jenson Button described it as ‘mental’, which seemed a pretty accurate way of describing forecasts of Biblical levels of rain, with suggestions that isolated areas of the Austin environs could receive as much as eight or 10 inches of rain a day - yes, a day - on Friday or Saturday. ‘It looks like the whole of Texas is going to be underwater!’ Button added.”

  86. The schedule

    So, weather permitting, here's how the synchronised swimming/driving schedule looks throughout the weekend:

    Today

    First practice: 16:00-17:30 BSTSecond practice: 20:00-21:30 BST

    Saturday

    Third practice: 16:00-17:00 BSTQualifying: 19:00020:00 BST

    Sunday

    Race: 19:00 GMT (don't forget the clocks go back in the UK on Sunday morning)

  87. 'An eventful weekend'

    Andrew Benson

    Chief F1 writer in Austin

    “It has rained overnight but the precipitation had stopped by the morning. But there has already been one heavy downpour this morning and if the thunderstorms due later on Friday are as heavy as predicted, there will be no chance of the drivers running on track in those sorts of conditions.

    "But even in more normal wet weather, it could mean an eventful weekend. ‘This track has so much elevation, so you’re going to get pools of water on it,’ Jenson Button said, before mentioning the problems experienced during a torrential downpour during last year’s World Endurance Championship race at the Circuit of the Americas.

    "‘They had the WEC race here last year which was very wet, hopefully they learnt from that. Those cars are a lot heavier, so it will be worse for us.’”

  88. But here's some positive news...

  89. Trouble in Texas?

    Here's a snapshot of today's weather in Austin. The good news is, at 19:00 BST (13:00 local time), the little rain-drop icon disappears. The bad news is, it's replaced with a little lightning icon. It could be a day of waiting...

    Weather
  90. A wet weekend in Texas

    Hi folks. Welcome to the first day of practice at the US Grand Prix - a weekend where Lewis Hamilton can secure his third drivers' championship and seal his name among the immortals.

    Plenty of racing before that of course. So prepare to get all star-spangly as we hope to beat the rain in Austin, Texas.

    US GP