The much-expected heavy rain has paid a visit to the Suzuka circuit and looks set to disrupt proceedings for this afternoon’s qualifying session, with all forecasts predicting the conditions will deteriorate in the coming hours.
The wet conditions were so difficult for this morning’s third and final practice session that just two drivers – Jaime Alguersuari and Timo Glock – were brave enough to complete timed laps of the 5-kilometre circuit. The Toro Rosso posted the quicker of the timed laps – a 1m55.902s – to outpace Glock by almost 12 seconds.
The lack of lap times by any other driver mean the results from this session are completely meaningless, but all 24 drivers attempted at least one exploratory lap, with many declaring the conditions dangerous and undriveable.
As was the case for the 2004 Japanese Grand Prix, we could be faced with the prospect of qualifying being delayed on safety grounds, and perhaps rescheduled to tomorrow morning if conditions to not improve.