Japanese GP qualifying postponed

Qualifying for the Japanese Grand Prix will not take place today after hours of heavy rain made it impossible for the session to be run.

The session is now expected to take place at 10am local time tomorrow morning to set the grid for the race, which will start just four hours after the postponed session is scheduled to end.

This is the second time in five races at Suzuka that qualifying has been postponed to Sunday. In 2004 the approaching typhoon Ma-on led the race organisers to hold qualifying on Sunday instead of Saturday.

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103 comments on Japanese GP qualifying postponed

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  1. damonsmedley (@damonsmedley) said on 9th October 2010, 7:21

    Any word on who will be doing what as far as coverage in different countries? I have a feeling us Australians will be missing out…

  2. Something that u cant see often :)

  3. No Quarter (@no-quarter) said on 9th October 2010, 7:25

    I think this is a record of sorts for suzuka, for being the only circuit in F1 to have quali postponed twice to sunday?

  4. BasCB said on 9th October 2010, 7:26

    Vettel said on German Sky Sport, that they only know, that it will be tomorrow! But as it will rain in the morning and only dry afterward the time is not defintely confirmed.
    According to Sky, Horner confirmed them, that the FIA will definitely confirm the startTIME of qualifying to them by MAIL!

  5. Wouldn’t the race be starting around 4 hours after quali, not 6?

    Race is scheduled for 1500 (3pm), quali would finish around 1100.

  6. George Suddaby said on 9th October 2010, 7:32

    Oh my. Another early morning then :\ a bit peeved really that i woke up for nothing >:/ ah well. ill get over it ;)

  7. f1yankee said on 9th October 2010, 7:38

    10am jst is 9pm eastern us. speed will not be showing qualifying live, but tape-delayed until 11pm edt. race coverage is live starting at 12:30am edt.

  8. David Smith said on 9th October 2010, 7:39

    Not even worth getting up to watch Lee Mckenzie Present the show :)

    • Prisoner Monkeys (@prisoner-monkeys) said on 9th October 2010, 8:39

      Impossible to say anything conclusively – it’s only two frames playing back and forth. For all we know, the car hit a bump, which vibrated through the front wing, causing it to ‘flex’.

    • Patrickl said on 9th October 2010, 9:04

      Isn’t that an older animation though?

    • Martin_B said on 9th October 2010, 9:14

      In the first one, the nose doesn’t physically move. It’s just the changing reflections that give that impression.

    • MercedesBeenz PKA ExParot said on 9th October 2010, 11:21

      Thank you No Quarter. This really does make a mockery of the FIA regulation; no wonder the Red Bulls have been cleaning up in qualifying and sort of puts Vettels weird accidents in perspective, especially Turkey and Belgium!

      I can’t believe they’re getting away with this. Last year the FIA revised the rules in Brawns favour over the D/Difuser and now this!
      :(

    • I really, honestly don’t understand why people continuously keep crying about Red Bull’s front wing endplates (and no, I don’t support Red Bull nor either of their drivers).

      The rules regarding flexing, just like any of the other rules, are both set and enforced by artificially created circumstances and tests. Flexing of the front wing endplates is both defined and tested in a way that Red Bull manages to design and have their car pass in something that is legit according to the FIA’s demands regarding ‘flexing’.

      Saying the FIA is doing a bad job enforcing their rules based on blurry video footage and your personal interpretation of the rules (not the actual parameters by which these rules are governed) reminds me of all the conspiracy theories regarding the moon landing.

      It is absolutely no different from last years double diffusers being ‘against the spirit of the rules’. You’re confusing your interpretation (or ‘spirit’) with the actual rules and system by which they are governed. And the FIA would only make a mockery out of itself if they change rules to fit some kind of dogmatic idea of ‘spirit’. These people are highly talented and experienced engineers, it is their very job to do the best possible job within on one side the undeniable laws of physics, and on the other the artificially created means to level out the field.

      Toyota was moved to the back of the grid last year not because they broke ‘the spirit’ or camera’s catching their rear wings flexing, but because they didn’t pass the test designed to verify legality.

      I support a driver from another team, but I blame the team he drives for for not building a fast enough car to catch the vastly superior Red Bull, which the ever increasing magnifying glass has yet to rule illegal.

  9. Alex Bkk (@alex-bkk) said on 9th October 2010, 7:44

    This Tweet a few minutes ago from Slater.

    steveslaterF1 Steve Slater
    Yes we will be showing qualifying live!!

    So I guess Star will be broadcasting Q.

  10. Adrian said on 9th October 2010, 8:01

    How many hours difference is Suzuka from the UK? What time will that make quali our time?

    My rough guess says 2am…is this right??

  11. ciaran said on 9th October 2010, 8:19

    So lucky for me,I slept in!

  12. David Smith said on 9th October 2010, 8:26

    Am I right in that qualy will be 2am BST with the race starting at 7am BST? Just glad i am off work Monday HUGE lie in I think.
    Keith any pictures of the boat race? LOL

  13. Younger Hamilton said on 9th October 2010, 8:32

    I woke up late for Quali thank god it rained but unfortunately i’ve got to stay up until 2am to see quali then sleep and wake up again for the race at 5am

  14. sabatino said on 9th October 2010, 8:34

    Probability of precipitation is only at 30-40% for 9-12 am of tomorrow . I think both qualy and race will be on dry track !

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