Formula One appeared to avoid a major incident when the roof of at least one grandstand collapsed in high winds during qualifying for the Sao Paulo Grand Prix on Friday.
Conditions at Interlagos went from cloudy to dark and stormy in a matter of minutes on Saturday afternoon, right in the middle of the Q3 session — the final of the three sections of qualifying.
That’s the F1 prompt Cut the session short.
An F1 spokesman said there were no serious injuries, although it was later unclear whether anyone required medical attention.
Although not captured by the F1 world television feed, it soon emerged that the weather had wreaked havoc around the Intergos circuit.
Various videos of the roof being torn off and blown into the air circulated on social media, although it was clear how many grandstands were affected.
F1 photographer Andy Hone, who was trackside when it happened, tweeted: “What a horrible 10 minutes on track! In the last corner a grandstand roof collapsed and debris fell and almost beheaded!”
Hon shared two photos of a damaged roof.
— Andy Hone (@AndyHone) November 3, 2023
F1 is not expecting similar weather conditions for the remaining two days of track action, which will ease the fear of a repeat for fans attending the rest of the weekend.