Anyone who joined F1 Fanatic Live to watch the World Endurance Championship’s Six Hours of Fuji today was in for a disappointment. The race was red-flagged three times and only 16 laps were completed, all behind the Safety Car.
This tends to happen rather a lot at Fuji, to the point where you have to wonder if they’re just chosen a poor part of the country to build a track in. Two of F1′s four races there were badly affected by rain in 1976 and 2007 – almost half of the latter was spent behind the Safety Car.
A swathe of entrants retired from the 1985 World Sportscar Championship (fore-runner of WEC) round after a typhoon hit the track. Formula Nippon abandoned races there in 1998 and 2006.
After the latest rain-hit race you have to ask whether they need to change the time of year they race there or whether the weather is just too unreliable to hold on a race in that part of the world. This could easily have been a title-deciding race ruined by yet another Fuji rainstorm.