Formula 1 monitoring Typhoon Hagibis ahead of Japanese GP

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F1 attempting to minimise disruption amid issues about Super Typhoon Hagibis, however Suzuka’s Saturday timetable might change

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Formula 1 officers say they’re “closely monitoring” Typhoon Hagibis and its potential influence on the Japanese GP, with modifications to the weekend’s timetable a risk.

The tremendous hurricane is ready to hit Japan’s east coast on Saturday and two Rugby World Cup matches on that day – England vs France and New Zealand vs Italy – have been cancelled because the nation braces itself for excessive winds and heavy rain.

When’s the Japanese GP on Sky?

Final follow and qualifying for the Japanese GP are resulting from happen on Saturday in Suzuka, and F1 says it’s attempting to “minimise disruption” to the schedule amid issues in regards to the storm.

“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,” an F1 assertion learn.

“Every effort is being made to minimise disruption to the Formula 1 timetable, nonetheless the protection of the followers, opponents and everybody on the Suzuka Circuit stays the highest precedence.

“All events will proceed to observe the scenario and supply additional updates sooner or later.”

No provision has but been set within the occasion of the hurricane inflicting disruption, however one potential alteration to the F1 timetable can be transferring qualifying to Sunday morning earlier than the race.

Qualifying has been postponed till the Sunday twice earlier than in Japan resulting from typhoons, in 2004 and 2010.

Suzuka is additional south than Tokyo and Toyota – the place the cancelled Rugby World Cup matches have been resulting from happen – however present forecasts predict poor climate on Saturday earlier than an enchancment on Sunday.

Sky F1’s present Japanese GP schedule

Thursday, October 10
6am: Drivers’ Press Conference
9am: Welcome to the Weekend

Friday, October 11
1.45am: Japanese GP Practice One build-up
2am: Japanese GP Practice One
5.45am: Japanese GP Practice Two build-up (simulcast on Sky Sports Main Event)
6am: Japanese GP Practice Two (simulcast on Sky Sports Main Event)
8.30am: Japanese GP Story So Far (simulcast on Sky Sports Main Event)

Saturday, October 12
3.45am: Japanese GP Practice Three build-up (simulcast on Sky Sports Main Event)
4am: Japanese GP Practice Three (simulcast on Sky Sports Main Event)
5.10am: Japanese GP Paddock Walkabout (simulcast on Sky Sports Main Event)
6am: Japanese GP Qualifying build-up (simulcast on Sky Sports Main Event)
7am: Japanese GP Qualifying (simulcast on Sky Sports Main Event)
8.30am: The F1 Show (simulcast on Sky Sports Main Event)
10am, 1.30pm & 5pm: Japanese GP Qualifying highlights

Sunday, October 13
4.30am: Japanese GP Pit Lane Live
5.30am: Japanese GP On The Grid (simulcast on Sky Sports Main Event)
6.10am: THE JAPANESE GRAND PRIX LIVE! (simulcast on Sky Sports Main Event)
8am: Japanese GP Paddock Live (simulcast on Sky Sports Main Event)
9am: Japanese GP Notebook (simulcast on Sky Sports Main Event)
9.30am: Japanese GP replay (simulcast on Sky Sports Main Event)
12pm: Japanese GP highlights

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