The 2016 Bahrain V-Prix has been delayed until Monday 31st October after a severe sandstorm struck the area meaning the race could not be run.
Forecasts late on Friday evening were the first indication there may well be a sandstorm in the vicinity come race day, but it was widely expected to be far enough from the circuit.
This morning this proved not to be the case, and race officials were left with no choice but the postpone the race by one day until tomorrow. "It's disappointing, obviously," commented series CEO Nic Morley, "but naturally it is impossible to race in these conditions."
"Thankfully everything is expected to clear up tomorrow and we look forward to a very exciting race."
For today the drivers are enjoying themselves in the hotel and interacting with fans before the re-scheduled race tomorrow, for which championship leader Adrien Simon will start on pole position.