Japanese Grand Prix – Formula 1 has confirmed that Saturday’s running at Suzuka will not go ahead. Qualifying has been rescheduled for Sunday.
As a result on the incoming typhoon that will hit Japan on Saturday, Formula 1 has moved to cancel all Saturday running at Suzuka. Typhoon Hagibis is a major storm event that will batter the country throughout Saturday and, as a result, F1 has rejigged the schedule to ensure the safety of everyone at Suzuka.
The FIA and Formula 1 support this decision in the interest of safety for the spectators, competitors and everyone at the Suzuka Circuit. As a result, below is the updated schedule based on the current weather predictions:
Third practice (FP3) will not be going ahead at all, while qualifying has been pushed back to take place on Sunday morning at 10am local time. The race is scheduled for 14:10 local time, as originally planned.
This isn’t the first time this has happened at Suzuka – it also happened under similar circumstances in both 2004 and 2010.