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By Andrew Benson
Chief F1 author at Suzuka
Formula 1 has postponed a decision on whether to cancel Japanese Grand Prix qualifying as a result of Typhoon Hagibis until Friday.
In which Suzuka is located the storm is expected to make landfall on Saturday over the south shore of Honshu island.
A statement from F1 bosses said:Every effort has been made to minimise disruption to the F1 program.
However, the security of lovers, competitors and everybody in the Suzuka circuit remains the top priority
Governing body the FIA and F1 stated that it wasclosely monitoring Typhoon Hagibis and its possible effect on the Japanese Grand Prix.
The effects of the tropical storm, stated to be the biggest of the season, has already resulted in the cancellation of two matches at the Rugby World Cup.
F1 organisers are currently waiting to check before choosing whether to cancel qualifying on Saturday, whether the storm continues on its current track.
That decision is expected to come before the conclusion of Friday and will be right down to local authorities, whose obligation it is to choose whether to close the circuit and advise people to stay inside to reduce the threat in the storm to life.
If police dont take that act, F1 will almost surely attempt to run Saturdays programme, which has final practice in 12:00 local time (02:00 BST) and qualifying at 15:00.
Wind speeds are forecast to be 160km/h on Saturday afternoon.
Ferrari motorist Charles Leclerc explained:It is pretty apparent if the typhoon is going to come here, theres absolutely not any way we could drive.
Qualifying in Japan has needed to be postponed because at 2010 and 2004. In both situations, it was run on Sunday prior to the race at the day.
A tropical storm influenced the US Grand Prix at 2015. There, Friday second clinic was cancelled. After the public were advised to not arrive at the trail for their own safety saturday morning practice went with no audiences, before being postponed until Sunday and so qualifying was subject into a succession of flaws.
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