Japanese GP qualifying moved to Sunday

Qualifying for the Japanese Grand Prix has been moved to Sunday morning with Typhoon Hagibis due to hit the area on Saturday.

Formula 1 bosses confirmed on Thursday that they were closely monitoring the typhoon and made the decision on Friday to move qualifying from Saturday afternoon to Sunday morning.

A joint statement released by F1 and the FIA said: “As a result of the predicted impact of Typhoon Hagibis on the 2019 FIA Formula 1 Japanese Grand Prix, 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 interests of safety for the spectators, competitors, and everyone at the Suzuka Circuit.”

The revised schedule means that qualifying will now take place at 10am local time, just four hours before the Grand Prix starts.

Although F1 bosses believe that the revised timetable should be able to go ahead as planned, they have confirmed that it is subject to change should the bad weather go on into Sunday.

If qualifying were to be cancelled altogether, the grid for the race would be decided on the fastest times from Free Practice Two which took place earlier today.

Based on those times, it would mean that the Mercedes of Valterri Bottas would take pole position, ahead of Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen.