Japanese Grand Prix: Typhoon qualifying decision delayed until Friday

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By Andrew Benson
Chief F1 writer at Suzuka
Formula 1 has postponed a decision on whether to cancel Japanese Grand Prix qualifying before Friday as a consequence of Typhoon Hagibis.
By which Suzuka is located the storm is forecast to make landfall on Saturday around the south east shore of Honshu island.
An announcement from F1 bosses said:Every attempt has been made to minimise disruption to the F1 program.
However, the safety of lovers, competitors and everybody in the Suzuka circuit is still the top priority
Governing body that the FIA and F1 said that it wasclosely monitoring Typhoon Hagibis and its possible effect on the Japanese Grand Prix.
The effect of the tropical storm, said to be the biggest of the year, has already resulted in the rescue of two matches in the Rugby World Cup.
F1 organisers are currently waiting to see before making a decision whether to cancel qualifying on Saturday whether the storm continues.
That decision is expected to come before the conclusion of Friday and will primarily be right down to Japanese regional governments, whose obligation it is to determine whether to close the circuit and also advise people to remain inside to reduce the threat by the storm to life.
If police do not take that action, F1 will almost certainly attempt to conduct Saturdays programme, that includes final clinic in 12:00 local time (02:00 BST) and qualifying at 15:00.
Wind speeds are predicted to be 160km/h on Saturday afternoon.
Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc said:It is pretty apparent if the typhoon is going to come here, theres no way we can drive.
Founded in Japan has needed to be postponed because of the threat of a typhoon, at 2004 and 2010. In both circumstances, it was conducted on Sunday afternoon, prior to the race in the day.
A tropical storm affected the US Grand Prix at 2015. There, Friday second practice was cancelled. After the people were advised not to arrive at the trail for their safety, saturday morning clinic went with no audiences, and so qualifying was subject into a set of delays.
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