Thursday, Oct 10 02:26pm
AUTHOR: Simon Chapman

Formula 1 organisers monitoring Super Typhoon Hagibis

As Super Typhoon Hagibis approaches Japan, organisers of Formula 1 have confirmed they’re monitoring the situation.


Already there are concerns some matches in the Rugby World Cup will be cancelled and now there are fears it could impact the Japanese Grand Prix.


“The FIA, Formula 1, Suzuka Circuit and the Japanese Automobile Federation are closely monitoring Typhoon Hagibis and its potential impact on the 2019 FIA Formula 1 Japanese Grand Prix,” a statement read.


“Every effort is being made to minimise disruption to the Formula 1 timetable, however the safety of the fans, competitors and everyone at the Suzuka Circuit remains the top priority. All parties will continue to monitor the situation and provide further updates in due course.”


Super Typhoon Hagibis nearly reached Category 5 status this week with winds constantly reaching 240 kph (150 mph) for at least 36 hours.


As of Tuesday, the maximum sustained wind speed near its centre stood at 55 meters per second (198 kph), with maximum wind gust speeds of 75 m/s (270 kph).


It is expected the typhoon will make landfall in Japan by Sunday with Category 2 or Category 1 status. However, there is an element of uncertainty with the projected spread of early computer models providing a large window.


Early indications are that the typhoon will hit Tokyo and nearby Yokohama. The Japanese Grand Prix takes place at Suzuka, 300 km west of the capital.


If the typhoon were to hit on Saturday there is a possibility Qualifying could be postponed to Sunday morning.