Lewis Hamilton says he is relishing thedistinct obstacle of taking on Western GP qualifying and the race on the same day, as Formula 1 frees for a super Sunday in Suzuka.
Saturdays track activity has been cancelled because of Typhoon Hagibis and, weather permitting, qualifying will now happen at 2am UK time (10am neighborhood ) on Sunday, four hours prior to the scheduled launch to the race.
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Drivers will consequently have to quickly switch their mentality from an extreme qualifying shootout before a race about one of F1s most iconic, unforgiving and demanding tracks.
Im definitely down for that, said Hamilton, who holds a dominating 73-point lead in his quest to get a momentous sixth world championship.
It is cool when its another format in certain ways.
It is a different mentality you enter into, and youll find two distinct mindsets, two distinct rhythms.
Ordinarily you have time after qualifying to then calm down and chill then blend it up into the following day. But in case you have to get it done on the exact same day, its a different challenge and I like this.
Japanese GP qualifying and then race are live and exclusive on Sky Sports F1, although therell also be programmes – between the sessions – like also an #AskCrofty using Damon Hill and the Paddock Walkabout.
Sunday signifies qualifying and the race has conducted when Hamilton qualified behind Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg to the front row.
Even though there are winds and heavy rain in the region, Suzuka – far – appears to have prevented the brunt of the super typhoon and there are no incidents .
The storm is forecast to pass through quickly, with the weather forecast predicting a dry, sunny Sunday.
The present timetable is subject to change, and the grid will be dictated by the results in Fridays Practice two when qualifying cant take place.
Valtteri Bottas will start on pole before Hamilton, if that is the situation.
Sunday
1.30am: Japanese GP Qualifying build-up (simulcast on Sky Sports Main Event)
2am: JAPANESE GP QUALIFYING (simulcast on Sky Sports Main Event)
3.30am: Paddock Walkabout (simulcast on Sky Sports Main Event)
4.10m: #Ask Crofty: Damon Hill Special
4.30am: Western GP Pit Lane Live (simulcast on Sky Sports Main Event)
5.30am: Western GP On The Grid (simulcast on Sky Sports Main Event)
6.10m: THE GRAND PRIX LIVE! (simulcast on Sky Sports Main Event)
8am: Japanese GP Paddock Live (simulcast on Sky Sports Main Event)
9am: Japanese GP Laptop (simulcast on Sky Sports Main Event)
9.30am: Western GP replay (simulcast on Sky Sports Main Event)
12pm: Western GP highlights
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