Formula 1 will stage qualifying and the race at an entirely Sunday of Suzuka activity on precisely the same day for only the fifth time in the sports history.
Together with F1s employees hunkered down in hotels on Saturday as Typhoon Hagibis ready to make landfall on the Western world, together with heavy rain and powerful winds brought to the region around Suzuka, the plan is for actions to restart on Sunday with an infrequent qualifying-race double header.
Continue reading to all the latest schedule info and form guide that is on-track after Friday practice.
The postponed qualifying hour can begin with the usual knockout battle for pole position on Sunday morning at 2am UK time.
The race schedule stays unchanged, with lights out at 6.10am UK time.
Sky Sports F1 will stay live from 1.30am onwards, when the channels qualifying build-up begins, all of the way through the UK nighttime and night for all the action and reaction until 9.30am, once the first race replay begins.
All the live programs are being simulcast on Sky Sports Main Event – and therefore so are available to see for Sky F1 clients.
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The Suzuka formbook going into qualifying will be based on the evidence of Fridays two practice sessions, with Practice Three and not rescheduled.
Charles Leclerc, and principally ferrari, have slipped every qualifying hour but the Scuderias chances of a fifth pole place – a feat they havent achieved since 2001 – seem after Mercedes dominated ambitious.
The world champions, the winners of five Japanese GPs from the hybrid era, finished one-two in the practice sessions, finishing Friday using a lap-time benefit of about 0.3 seconds.
Valtteri Bottas edged Lewis Hamilton at P2 out, together with Red Bull Verstappen and that order would set the grid werent licensed to not take place if circumstances were deemed dangerous during Sunday morning.
Mercedes was really quick every time they went out on course, said Sebastian Vettel, fifth-fastest for Ferrari in P2.
Plusit looked a little more comfy for Red Bull too here. So itll be tight and I expect them both to be very powerful on Sunday morning also.
Sky F1s Karun Chandhok said:That is really a Mercedes track. Any radius corners where you have got to keep the front-end in, the Mercedes works better.
We have found it in China, Silverstone and this can be another one of these circuits.
The Japanese GP could watch Mercedes equal Ferrari record of six successive Constructors Championship successes.
Mercedes must outscore Ferrari, next in the standings to secure another groups crown, this time with four races to spare. A Silver Arrows one-two would be sufficient to retain the title for the Brackley team.
However, Hamilton cannot clinch his Drivers Championship.
The entire world winner can, however, knock all drivers however Bottas out of mathematical contention heading to the race at Mexico. If Hamilton finishes Sunday even more apparent of the very first driver or 104 points the drivers title is guaranteed to head to one of both Mercedes drivers.
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