F1 bosses closely monitoring Typhoon Hagibis
Formula 1 bosses are closely monitoring Typhoon Hagibis as it makes its way to Japan, and are making every effort to minimise disruption to the Grand Prix.
The typhoon is due to make landfall on the country on Saturday, with current forecasts suggesting it could bring with it 100 mph winds and flooding in coastal areas.
The Rugby World Cup, which is taking place in Japan, has already cancelled a number of matches in anticipation of the typhoon and the FIA and Formula 1 bosses are closely monitoring the situation in order to decide if any changes need to be made for the Grand Prix this weekend.
A joint statement released by the FIA and Formula 1 said: “The FIA, Formula 1, Suzuka Circuit and the Japanese Automobile Federation are closely monitoring Typhoon Hagibis and its potential impact on the 2019 FIA Formula One Japanese Grand Prix.
“Every effort is being made to minimise disruption to the Formula 1 timetable, however the safety of the fans, competitors and everyone at the Suzuka Circuit remains the top priority.
“All parties will continue to monitor the situation and provide further updates in due course.”
Typhoon Hagibis is currently intensifying in the Pacific Ocean, generating winds of 150 mph and gusts reaching 195 mph.
It is due to have its greatest impact on Suzuka on Saturday before heading north towards the country’s capital, Tokyo.
The last time the Japanese Grand Prix was affected by a typhoon was in 2014, when qualifying had to be re-scheduled for Sunday morning.