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Japanese GP | F1 VS Hagibis: how the Circus is coping with a typhoon

Typhoon Hagibis hit the Japan ahead of the F1 weekend at Suzuka: war defences have been established for preventing any damages to the circuit facilities, in order to have everything ready for a busy Sunday

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Japanese GP | F1 VS Hagibis: how the Circus is coping with a typhoon
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As a few times have occurred, but all historical, F1 will end up having both qualifying and race in the same day: it happened in Suzuka on 2004 and 2010, in Melbourne for the 2013 edition opener round and, ultimately, at Austin in 2015.

Japanese are famous for coping extremely well with earthquakes, typhoons and tsunamis, being all their lifelong threatened by such massive atmospheric events; but F1 is hit from such a power of events for the very first time, putting under severe test all its countermeasures.

Charles Leclerc claims he did not expect the gap between Mercedes and Ferrari following the first two free practices in Suzuka.

Since the track activity was over on Friday, teams and F1 personnel started the plan of actions in order to minimise the risks and the damages to structures and equipment: firstly, pit walls and pit stop tower were dismounted and recovered in the garages preventing them to been destroyed by wind storm of 200 kph.

Moreover, all the garages’ doors were closed with sand bags for avoiding water to enter inside: even all the equipment left inside was lifted a few centimetres; obviously all the technological stuff was set apart safely in the offices of the pit building. Even the tended hospitality were evacuated from all the furniture inside.

Yet, the typhoon and its consequences could mean a good boost for the audiences, since probably nothing would be more exciting on tomorrow’s race: Mercedes could clinch the 6th consecutive title. Something that only Ferrari and Michael Schumacher set the record of.

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