Formula 1 Team gave mixed reactions related to Hurricane Hagibis that will hit Japan on Saturday (11/12/2019). The typhoon, which is predicted to be one of the most ferocious, has made the qualifying session change its schedule to Sunday (11/13) morning local time.
Japan Automobile Federation (JAF) has decided to cancel all activities scheduled to take place on Saturday (12/10). Including two Rugby World Cup matches.
Talking about that decision, the Formula 1 team gave a variety of reactions. Alfa Romeo’s team leader, Frederic Vasseur, said the decision taken by the FIA and JAF was the right thing. This is more about prevention for the safety of the racers and spectators.
“I think it’s safety first and maybe it doesn’t make sense to ask the audience to come to the track and then be in a big mess. In terms of schedules and programs for the team, we thought about this last night,” Vasseur was quoted as saying by Crash, Friday (10) / 11).
In line with Vasseur, Head of the Formula One (F1) Scuderia Ferrari team Mattia Binotto, said this was very embarrassing for fans, but it was a very respectable decision. He said safety is the first thing.
“In terms of the program, it’s certainly much more intense now. We certainly missed a session, namely FP3. Qualification might occur on Sunday morning. But that means that today will be much more intense. Finally, we have more tires to use – “It comes from FP3. We need to set the car for qualifications,” Binotto said.
“There is only one fewer session. Things are more complicated but of course, it is a big challenge, but I am pretty sure it must be a good show and spectacle on Sunday.”
Elsewhere, Renault boss Cyril Abiteboul believes this incident gives F1 an opportunity to assess potential future changes with the current weekend format. “That has happened before and it will happen in the future. There is enough time on Sunday to do qualifications and races. I think maybe it will give us an impression of Formula E, maybe a little, so it’s not a bad thing,” he concluded.