Sebastian Vettel urged the Japanese Grand Prix organisers to keep to ensure fans are given adequate warning if Saturday’s track action is to be cancelled.The arrival of Super Typhoon Hagibis on Saturday is expected to bring strong winds and heavy rain which could prevent practice and qualifying from taking place.
Vettel said the sport should try to warn fans in advance if Saturday’s sessions are likely to be cancelled.
“I don’t think anybody wants to put anybody’s life in danger. So I think we need to keep things a bit on the ground. Obviously there is a forecast but how many times forecasts have changed, I don’t know.
“Currently it’s a hundred percent so it’s quite clear. But I think we will see what happens throughout the weekend. It’s the same thing if we have a lot of rain in other places then obviously there’s the red flag and maybe the light might never switch to green.
“So obviously it would make sense if by tomorrow night, I believe, if there’s more evidence to give a proposal or take an action for Saturday. [I’m] thinking especially not for us – for us it’s nice and easy and cosy in the garage, we’re sheltered – but for all the people to see around the track on the grandstands et cetera, I think it’s not so nice if you sit there and 80kph of wind blasting in your face and the rain comes sideways.”
Pierre Gasly, who experienced a double race cancellation due to a typhoon at Suzuka in a 2017 Super Formula round, echoed Vettel’s comments.
“Of course there is our safety which is important but also if it’s as they say like a 150kph winds, a typhoon and people trying to come to the track, you don’t want anything bad to happen. So I think that for everyone their earlier they can tell us the better it is. But it’s not an easy decision.”
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