The threat of Typhoon Hagibis has forced Formula One to postpone qualifying for the 2019 Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka to Sunday.
Qualifying for the 2019 Japanese Grand Prix has been postpone until 10am local time (2:00am BST) on Sunday morning, due to increasing concern regarding Typhoon Hagibis which is set to make landfall in Japan on Saturday.
A short statement was released saying; “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,”
“The FIA and Formula 1 support this decision in the interest of safety for the spectators, competitors and everyone at the Suzuka Circuit.”
Rain however is forecast to linger around until mid Sunday morning before abating around the time when qualifying is expected to get underway, although FP2 times will be used to set the grid if we don’t get in a qualifying session pre race on Sunday.
Should that be the case then Valtteri Bottas will start the race on pole from Lewis Hamilton in a Mercedes front row lockout, whilst Max Verstappen, Charles Leclerc and Sebastian Vettel complete the top five on the grid.
The last time that a F1 Qualifying session got rained off was in 2015 at the US GP, which was instead ran on a Sunday morning but abandoned after Q2 due to worsening conditions.