The field lapped the Fuji Speedway for half an hour behind the safety car in pouring rain before the race was finally started.
But some drivers including Nick Heidfeld say it was too wet to race.
When the race finally got going the conditions scarcely seemed any better than when the cars first left the grid.
But crucially there weren’t any deep pools of standing water such as those at the first turn when it rained heavily at the Nurburgring this year.
Should the race go on regardless of how wet it gets? How can the race directors judge when conditions are safe enough?
Photo: GEPA / Franz Pammer
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