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

  1. And1star said on 9th October 2010, 10:41

    Any knows when the race will start on TV? I’m from Belgium.

  2. Harv's said on 9th October 2010, 11:14

    well done! An exciting race has just been turned into a boring sebastian led red bull 1 -2, i was looking forward to a good race, but i think thats out the window now!

  3. Does anyone know if Star Sports is provoding the quali. coverage and if yes, at wat time ?
    I tried logging onto Espnstar.com but there is no info.

    • wasiF1 (@wasif1) said on 9th October 2010, 15:32

      I have no information but they did tell us that they will show quali live but their tv schedule page isn’t showing any sign of that.

      • Yes. They are set to show the repeat telecast of Quali at 3:30 AM on 10th oct.

        But the quali is scheduled at 6:30 AM India time. I will wake up at 6:30 and check if its showing live. Otherwse, I ll directly watch the race :(

  4. sato113 (@sato113) said on 9th October 2010, 14:23

    how come this didn’t happen in brazil 2009 qualy?

  5. What happens if its too much rain tommorow? GP cancelled?

    • matt88 said on 9th October 2010, 15:20

      Some time ago (probably 2009) in MotoGp, the Qatar race was postponed on Monday due to heavy rain. i don’t know whether this is possible in F1, that time it was a gentlemen’s agreement between teams, circuit owners and Dorna.

  6. Marcello said on 9th October 2010, 15:13

    I woke up at 5 this morning only to tune into a bunch of wussies winging about some rain. These guy r supposed to be the best in the world and capable of driving in all conditions. Sure we all want a safe race but please come on!!! Credit only to Sebastian Buemi who was the only one of two drivers along with Alguesuari to brave the conditions. In an interview with the BBC Buemi actually said that up to 90mph it was safe and drivable. Y is it that these drivers either race at 200mph or dont race at all? Times have obviously changed for the worse since Nurburgring 2007. Im really gutted because we could have seen a REAL mixed up grid for tomorrow, instead now if tomorrow id dry (and the indications are that they will be) it will be a boring redbull domination. I feel sorry for the Japanese fans that couldn’t afford a Sunday race ticket and bought a saturday qualy ticket hoping to see some action but now they havent seen anything at all…i wonder if they’ll get a refund or something. I didnt mind waking up at 5 (i’m a hardcore F1 fan and have been so for years). Tomorrow I will have to make an extra effort tho…BBC are screening qualifying live at 1:50 am and the buildup of the race is at 5. I’ll be there religiously as usual!!!

    • Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 9th October 2010, 15:39

      Credit only to Sebastian Buemi who was the only one of two drivers along with Alguesuari to brave the conditions.

      Both McLarens and Kubica also went out around the same time. Probably some others too.

  7. wasiF1 (@wasif1) said on 9th October 2010, 15:15

    I still remember that in 2004 I woke up to watch the quali only to find out that they were showing replay of some old race in that year.I thought myself that may be I missed it or today it wasn’t schedule as in those days I was now were near to internet.6 years later something similar happened. For Bangladeshi viewer if there are any, it will take place 7 am in the morning, but can anyone from India confirmed that whether Star Sports will show it live as tv listing page says NO.

  8. Marcello said on 9th October 2010, 15:17

    Antifia if qualy is aborted tomorrow (highly unlikely), current rules state that number 1 and number 2 cars will start at front (button and hamilton i think), however hamilton has changed his gearbox and incurred a 5 place penalty

  9. DaveW said on 9th October 2010, 15:18

    The forecast is for 100 to 60 percent rain through the morning. Considering the track will already be soaked, the car number scenario could be in the cards for startig position.

    This estimation will be key to the set up. If you expect another wash-out you do a full-dry set up. If qualifying does go through it will be a tough call. In Hamiltons position now he may want to go for the dry set up.

  10. Daniel said on 9th October 2010, 15:27

    I believe if no qualifying is possible before the race then the cars will line up in numerical order. So:

    1. Button (by virtue of being WC)
    2. Schumacher (who had the foresight to get Rosberg to give him the number)
    3. Rosberg (who like Shumacher signed for last years winning constructor Brawn, well kind of)
    4. Vettel
    5. Webber (both of which helped Red Bull achieve that position (though ahead of McLaren) that gave them these numbers.
    6. Massa (who drove for Ferrari last year and hence got the lower number)
    7. 2. Hamilton (by virtue of happening to be Button’s teammate and having a 5 place gearbox penalty)
    8. Alonso (if he’d stayed with Renault he’d be 11th).
    9. Barrichello
    10. Hulkenberg
    etc.

    Ok, so given that this is the rule. It does makes some kind of sense for constructors to get the numbers in order, it also seems fair that only the WC gets No. 1.* But why does the WC’s team-mate automatically get No. 2? I’ve never thought that was fair.

    (*If the WC doesn’t compete the winning constructor gets 0 and 2)

    • The Last Pope said on 9th October 2010, 19:47

      Although the teams number 1 driver in that situation gets 2 and the number 2 driver get the 0. I wonder whether the grid would go 2,0,3,4,5 and so on?

      • Daniel said on 10th October 2010, 2:28

        I just think they should reserve 1 for the WC and then start the numbering for the constructors from 2 & 3, 4 & 5, etc. until you get to the team with the WC and then they would be 1 & 6 for example, and the next team would be 7 & 8.

  11. Adrian said on 9th October 2010, 17:00

    I’m almost hoping that quali doesn’t go ahead and that we do get the numerical order grid. Would make for a cracking race – especially if the track is still damp!!

  12. Alexi (@) said on 9th October 2010, 20:04

    Chances of rain at the qualifying are of 50%, at the race 40% with strong gusting. Track almost surely damp during the whole Sunday. Looking good for your wishes so far Adrian!

    • The Last Pope said on 9th October 2010, 20:24

      Thats the chances of there being any rain during the sessions, not the chances of another complete washout, which is far lower than 50%.

      • Alexi (@) said on 9th October 2010, 21:41

        I know lol. But chances are the soil and the drainage system is saturated already so any rain is enough to stop the whole thing.

  13. Randy said on 9th October 2010, 21:18

    In Canada the qualy is on live TSN2 at 7:00 pm MST.
    Taped on Speed Channel at 10:00 pm MST

    • Q could go at 11:30pm EST SAT. , race at 2am EST Sunday morning…but you maybe right i’ll try 9pm EST TSN2.

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