FIA announces another qualifying delay

F1's governing body has delayed the start of Suzuka qualifying for a further 30 minutes. Jenson Button during Saturday morning practice. Photo by xpb.cc. "No surprise there," said Lotus' Mike Gascoyne on Twitter, after the safety car...

F1's governing body has delayed the start of Suzuka qualifying for a further 30 minutes.

Jenson Button during Saturday morning practice.
Photo by xpb.cc.

"No surprise there," said Lotus' Mike Gascoyne on Twitter, after the safety car did another circuit inspection.

The FIA's Charlie Whiting had already imposed a half-hour delay at 2pm, given the appalling track conditions.

"I imagine qualifying will be tomorrow morning. That's the likely scenario," Mercedes' Ross Brawn said on BBC television.

The FIA's next announcement will be at 1450.

"Under these conditions there can be no qualifying," said Alex Wurz, who is on the FIA's stewards panel in Japan this weekend.

Note: Practice 3 was ran in the wet conditions but only two actual times were recorded due to the flooded track.

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Jenson Button , Alexander Wurz , Ross Brawn , Mike Gascoyne
Teams Mercedes