I’ve arrived at Suzuka after a long trip, and as has happened in years past, the running of this year's Japanese GP is once again under threat from a typhoon.
Meteorological outlets have confirmed that the super typhoon is expected to hit the mainland over the weekend bringing us high winds and heavy rain.
With qualifying taking place Saturday and the race itself Sunday, both look to be in jeopardy of cancellation to keep everyone safe.
Although it is not certain exactly what time and where it will make landfall, recent weather forecasts are predicting Suzuka will be affected by the worst on Saturday. Weakening is expected prior to reaching Japan; however, the extreme weather is still a threat, with expected winds of 140mph or higher, making it unlikely that the Japanese GP will take place over the weekend.
The Japanese GP has experienced extreme weather multiple times in the past. In 2004 qualifying was moved to Sunday due to typhoon Ma-on. In 2010 qualifying was also moved to Sunday due to a washout on Saturday. In 2014 Jules Bianchi (Godfather of current Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc) was in a tragic crash due to heavy rain from Typhoon Panphone. Bianchi was the first Formula One driver to pass away as a result of an F1 race in over 21 years when Senna passed. Both accidents were a terrible shock for everybody.
With that said, I know the FIA has made big strides in protecting drivers, and though I would love to get home and see my beloved dog Troll, I trust that the FIA are taking all measures to insure the drivers stay safe and postpone the race if needed.
I am told the FIA is monitoring the weather closely and working with the Japanese Automobile Federation as well as F1 to do what's needed if any changes become necessary.
I hope all in the monsters path stay safe and follow all important storm updates.