Published On: Thu, Oct 10th, 2019

Japanese Grand Prix could be cancelled tomorrow as Typhoon Hagibis threatens race – FIA | F1 | Sport

Typhoon Hagibis is expected to bring strong and severe winds of up to 170mph and very heavy rain when it makes landfall on Saturday.

The storm, which has been classified as ‘violent’ by Japanese meteorologists, could end up causing Saturday’s qualifying session to be cancelled.

The Suzuka Circuit, where the Japanese Grand Prix is being held, is located on the southern coast of Japan and the worst conditions could see the region hit with gusts of up to 140mph, along with torrential rain and a risk of flash flooding.

If F1 qualifying is delayed or postponed on Saturday one option that is available would be to host a Super Sunday, which would see the drivers take part in a shoot-out on the morning of the grand prix.

F1’s governing body the FIA have been in talks with officials from the Suzuka Circuit and a decision is expected to be announced later today.

The FIA said in statement: “As normal we continually monitor the weather at Formula One events and are working with the circuit organisation, the Japanese Automobile Federation and Formula One to react as necessary should any timetable changes be required.

“This is not the first time that inclement weather has been a possibility at the Japanese Grand Prix.

“So the procedures here are well practiced.”

Severe weather has caused problems at the Japanese Grand Prix before although it is still a relatively rare occurrence.

Back in 2004 Typhoon Ma-on saw qualifying move to the Sunday during the race weekend and the same occurred in 2010 due to torrential weather.

As F1 prepares for free practice on Thursday and Friday Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton knows a good result on Sunday will put him one step closer to a sixth world championship.

The 34-year-old currently leads the driver standings with 322 points and his closest rival is team-mate closest rival is currently Valtteri Bottas, who is 73 points behind.

Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc is 107 points off Hamilton in third, with Red Bull’s Max Verstappen 110 points off the lead and Vettel a further 18 points back.

The Suzuka circuit has been a good track for Mercedes in recent years with the German works team having won the last five races – Ferrari last won back in 2004 when Michael Schumacher took the chequered flag.

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