“With FP3, we could start the session and then red flag it immediately — let the clock run down and let’s judge what the weather is like at that point in time. Alternatively, if we can see that it’s just going to be torrential for the entire session, we will just abandon FP3 and aim for qualifying.
“The determining factor this afternoon will be the light. Sunset locally is about 6.15pm but with weather conditions like this obviously light diminishes far earlier. So that will ultimately be our cutoff point.
“If qualifying isn’t able to happen today, as we’ve seen a few times before in the past, we will hold qualifying on Sunday morning.”
The F2 and F3 programme is set to fit in around the grand prix sessions, with the potential for a busy Sunday schedule if rain effectivewly closes the track for most of the day.
“Formula 1 will take priority,” said Masi. “We will aim to start all sessions [and] get everything ready from an operational perspective then judge the conditions at the time.
“We’ll just sort of look at the day ahead and just take it step by step.”