Friday at Suzuka was a very wet affair and although Michael Schumacher put his Ferrari at the top of the times in both practice sessions, there was little to be seen in the way of track action. With Typhoon Ma-on rapidly approaching Japan, the FIA...
Friday at Suzuka was a very wet affair and although Michael Schumacher put his Ferrari at the top of the times in both practice sessions, there was little to be seen in the way of track action. With Typhoon Ma-on rapidly approaching Japan, the FIA has taken the decision to cancel Saturday's practice and qualifying sessions.
The Japanese government issued a warning on the weather conditions that have been generated by the typhoon and have not only recommended that all on-track activities be suspended but that the teams and officials clear out of the local hotels.
"Acting on the advice of the local Japanese Authorities, given the extreme weather forecast, circuit officials have proposed the closure of the Suzuka Circuit on Saturday 9th October, 2004," said a statement from the FIA.
"The Stewards of the Meeting in accordance with Article 141 of the 2004 FIA International Sporting Code have accepted their proposal and have cancelled all sessions scheduled to take place on that date."
Schumacher was relieved that he isn't fighting for the title at Suzuka: "We are lucky the championship is already decided because imagine you have to fight and you have to think about the conditions," he commented. "That would be very tense. As it is now, it's fairly relaxing. I can take it as it comes."
Pre-qualifying will take place Sunday morning followed by qualifying. The race will remain as scheduled.
Sunday, October 10 revised schedule (Japanese local time):
9.00-9.45 a.m. - Pre-qualifying session
10.00-11.00 a.m. - Qualifying session
2.30 p.m. - Grand Prix of Japan (53 laps)