Typhoon-hit Japan GP qualifiers now on Sunday
Suzuka: The Japanese Grand Prix’s entire Saturday track programme, including qualifying, has been cancelled as “violent” Typhoon Hagibis bears down on the Suzuka circuit, race organisers announced on Friday. Qualifying will be rescheduled to 10am (0100 GMT) Sunday, with fitting in Japan from an upgrade package to their W10 cars, were almost a second quicker than the Ferraris of Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc, who were third and fourth on the timing sheets. The Red Bulls of Max Verstappen and Alex Albon came next on a condensed racing weekend.
Formula One team boss fined for calling steward ‘stupid’:
Outspoken Haas Formula One team principal Guenther Steiner was on Friday fined 7,500 euros ($8,250) and warned about his future behaviour for calling a race steward “stupid” and “idiotic” at the end of the Russian Grand Prix two weeks ago.
Steiner was hauled in front of a hearing at the Japanese Grand Prix on Friday where stewards ruled he had caused “moral injury to FIA officials”.
Steiner launched his tirade over team radio after Kevin Magnussen was given a five-second time penalty for rejoining the track incorrectly after going off at turn two during the Sochi race.