Formula 1
Friday, Oct 11 02:45pm
AUTHOR: Simon Chapman

Saturday at Suzuka cancelled, Formula 1 qualifying on Sunday

Inclement weather set to hit Suzuka Circuit has forced Formula 1 organisers to make an early call to postpone Qualifying at the Japanese Grand Prix.


Typhoon Hagibis is expected to make landfall on the archipelago this Saturday. Qualifying will instead take place on Sunday morning at 10:00 am local time (2:00 pm NZST).


It is hoped the worst of the weather will have cleared by then and the Grand Prix will also be able to be run uninterrupted at 2:10 pm local time (6:10 pm NZST).


There will be just two practice sessions prior to Qualifying, both of which will take place on Friday. The track will be closed and no other support classes will race either.


“As a result of the predicted impact of Typhoon Hagibis on the Formula One Japanese Grand Prix 2019, Mobilityland and the Japanese Automobile Federation (JAF) have decided to cancel all activities scheduled to take place on Saturday, 12 October,” a statement read.


“The FIA and Formula 1 support this decision in the interest of safety for the spectators, competitors and everyone at the Suzuka Circuit.”


It’s not the first time Qualifying has been postponed to Sunday morning at the Japanese Grand Prix. In 2004 and 2010 organisers were forced to delay the session due to similar circumstances.