Japanese Grand Prix – Suzuka’s ‘Super Sunday’ of Formula 1 gets underway in just two hours time, with the circuit being hastily reassembled.
The Suzuka Circuit is set to hold a ‘Super Sunday’ of motorsport today, after all Saturday action was cancelled in light of the Typhoon Hagibis passing over the circuit. The entire circuit was deconstructed of all infrastructure, with the teams and officials battening down the hatches to wait out the storm.
With the typhoon now passed over Suzuka, the rebuild began in earnest at 5am local time as the curfew over the circuit was lifted. Pit garages are being rebuilt, while timing equipment is being refitted. The starting grid lights are being put back in place, advertising hoardings remounted, and broadcast equipment and cameras being put in position around the circuit.
With the weather much improved, the schedule at Suzuka is a hectic one to ensure qualifying and the race happen on time. Qualifying will take place at 10am local time (2am for Ireland and the UK), while the race itself will happen just three hours after pole position is decided at 14:10pm local time (06:10am for Ireland and the UK).
In the off-chance that qualifying at Suzuka still doesn’t go ahead, for whatever reason, the grid order will be decided from the second practice FP2 classification. This would mean Valtteri Bottas would start from pole position, with Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton alongside him on the front row.