With winds exceeding 150mph (242kph), Phanfone is no joke as it heads for the Japan mainland.
Bernie Ecclestone has released what seem like very naive or perhaps ignorant statements regarding the typhoon known as Phanfone, saying 'if it rains, the teams will race.
This typhoon has intensified to winds reaching 150mph and the eye will reach Suzuka at midnight before the GP. Will Buxton was quoted as saying, "we may be qualifying for a race that will not happen."
The race will take place in the midst of a torrential downpour and howling winds that are capable of taking down trees ... Something many inside the sport think will be impossible to do. Going beyond that, this storm is going nowhere fast.
Looking beyond Suzuka
With the Russian Grand Prix in Sochi just one week away, the teams need to leave Japan as soon as possible. I'm no expert but I doubt plans fly in 150mph winds. In fact, it may not be until Monday afternoon, or perhaps even early Tuesday morning when everyoe can get out of the country.
The logisitical nightmare this will create is unfathomable.