The qualifying session for the Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka will take place tomorrow (Sunday) morning due to bad weather. As those who tuned in just now to watch might know, torrential rain showed no signs of clearing even as the safety car explored the track periodically to see if it was safe to proceed.
It wasn’t, and with weather forecasts showing no signs of the rain abating, plus the fact that it was getting dark, race stewards made the decision to end the day at 3.18 pm local time (Malaysia is one hour behind Japan time).
So it will be qualifying before the race tomorrow. The session will start at 10.00 am local time (9.00 am Malaysian time), five hours before the race.
It was reported that the final practice session earlier in the day had been a near washout, and only two drivers – Jaime Alguersuari and Timo Glock – recorded times.