Weather Threatens Japanese GP

Formula One moves from the night lights of downtown Singapore to the twists of rural Suzuka, with the weather likely to play a part in proceedings in Japan. A typhoon is due to make it’s way over Suzuka on either Sunday or Monday and will bring with it heavy winds and rain.

It is not the first time the sport has faced the threat of event disruption. The 2004 Japanese Grand Prix was in jeopardy as torrential rain and fierce winds from a potential hit from Typhoon Ma-on meant qualifying was postponed from Saturday to Sunday morning. The typhoon passed quickly and the sessions of qualifying and the race took place on a bone-dry day.

The direction of the typhoon which could strike this weekend, named Typhoon Phanfone, is not clear and for this reason the FIA do not have any clear contingency plan in the event of a cancellation. They are, however, keeping a close eye on the situation as it develops.

Jenson Button has said he hopes the weekend will pass by safely, but conceded that a wet weekend was likely.

“I hope that we can race on Sunday, that’s the first thing, I think,” he said. “With a typhoon coming this way it’s always very tricky. Hopefully it will miss us.

“It’s going to be a mixed weekend in terms of weather; tomorrow there’s a good chance of rain as well.

“I think it’s really just thinking on your feet and staying on top of all the different weather forecasts.”

If the event can not take place, the 2014 Japanese Grand Prix will simply not take place and there will instead be just eighteen rounds of the world championship contested, instead of the original eighteen.


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