Formula 1 has confirmed that it has taken the decision to scrap Saturday’s track running at Suzuka with the ever-growing threat of Typhoon Hagabis.
On Friday morning, race officials announced a revised schedule for this weekend’s Japanese Grand Prix that will see qualifying now run on Sunday morning.
This has resulted in the session commencing at 1000 JST, with the race going ahead as planned at 1410 local time, but the third practice session will not be rescheduled.
It will mark the fifth time in F1 history that both qualifying and the race will be run on the same day.
The first occurrence was at Suzuka in 2004, with events repeated six years later at the Japanese circuit. Australia 2013 and Austin 2015 also saw their schedules rearranged due to bad weather.
A statement read: “As a result of the predicted impact of Typhoon Hagibis on the Formula One Japanese Grand Prix 2019, 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 interest of safety for the spectators, competitors and everyone at the Suzuka Circuit.”
In the event that qualifying cannot take place on Sunday morning, the grid will be decided from times set in FP2.
Valtteri Bottas was fastest with team-mate Lewis Hamilton completing a Mercedes one-two, leading Max Verstappen in third who edged both Ferrari’s.