TOKYO, NETRALNEWS.COM - Typhoon Hagibis, which is heading to Japan, is closely being monitored ahead of the Japanese Grand Prix race at the Suzuka Circuit this weekend.
The FIA international automotive federation issued a statement on Thursday that FIA, Formula 1, the Japan Automobile Federation, and Suzuka Circuit organizers are closely monitoring Typhoon Hagibis and its potential impact on the Japanese GP.
"Every effort is being made to minimize disruptions to the Formula schedule, but the safety of the audience, competitors and everyone in the Suzuka Circuit remains a top priority," the FIA statement said.
Forecasts say Hagibis will land on the coasts of Japan and Tokyo, which is located 300 km west of Suzuka on Saturday when the final free training session and qualifications are held.
in 2014, the Japanese GP was also affected by bad weather, when a typhoon brought heavy rainfall during the race.
French rider Jules Bianchi crashed at the 2014 Japan GP after a typhoon brought rain to the Suzuka track and reduced the level of visibility on the field.
Bianchi, who was injured in the accident, died the following year.
In 2004 and 2010, the qualifying session was postponed and held Sunday morning due to bad weather.