BREAKING: Japanese F1 Qualifying Cancelled on Saturday
Typhoon Hagibis has already been responsible for the cancellation of two games that were taking part in the Rugby World Cup; which, as you know, is currently taking place in Japan.
As the heavy rain and strong winds continue to follow over Japan, we have had the FIA confirm that all racing activity will be cancelled on Saturday. Formula 4 races were also cancelled in order to allow for F1 to be more flexible with when they can time their sessions.
As a result of this, it is unlikely that FP3 will take place as it usually occurs on Saturday morning. However, the qualifying will be postponed back to Sunday morning, which is a much safer option.
The FP1 results showed the Mercedes of Bottas in first, his teammate in second, and Max Verstappen in third. BBC claim that this could be the provisional race order if the conditions are too wet on Sunday morning.
Don't worry too much about the lack of running though. We have seen sessions cancelled in the past - USA 2018 being a great example. The races where the teams don't really know what the best strategy is turn out to be the best! In the USA last year, Kimi Raikonnen took his most recent win, and the top 3 were only separated by a couple of seconds...
At the end of the day, we really don't want to see a repeat of what happened in Japan 2014 - the race which sadly resulted in the death of emerging talent, Jules Bianchi. Jules was driving for Manor and already had contact with Ferrari - it was likely he would have had a drive with them in the future. As a result of the accident, Formula One safety has evolved a lot; but that still doesn't make up for the upsetting death of a great driver. The FIA have made the best decision to just wait and see what happens. The safety of the drivers, marshals, fans and everyone else at the event is the most imporant. Let's hope that the race is able to continue on Sunday, and look forward to more on-track action!
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