Japanese Grand Prix schedule latest as Typhoon Hagibis forces F1 chiefs to make changes

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Typhoon Hagibis remains a category 5 Super Typhoon and could cause havoc at the Suzuka Circuit this weekend as it is predicted to bring with it winds of up to 110mph and flooding rainfall.

The Super Typhoon is currently expected to reach Japan on Saturday, which is the same day as when F1 qualifying normally takes place.

However, Formula one chiefs have now decided that all all activities scheduled to take place on Saturday have been cancelled and qualifying will now take place before the race on Sunday.

The FIA made the announcement in a statement, it said: “As a result of the predicted impact of Typhoon Hagibis on the 2019 FIA Formula 1 Japanese Grand Prix, 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 interests of safety for the spectators, competitors, and everyone at the Suzuka Circuit.”

Qualifying is now scheduled to take place at 2am (BST) on Sunday, with the race then expected to begin four hours later at 6.10am (BST).

However, these times could still change as organisers continue to monitor the approaching storm.

Severe weather has previously caused problems at the Japanese Grand Prix, although it is still a relatively rare occurrence at the Suzuka track.

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