Alonso: Race could be brought forward

Date published: October 4 2014

Fernando Alonso has revealed that there is a chance that the Japanese GP could be brought forward due to the threat of Typhoon Phanfone.

The typhoon is expected to hit Suzuka on Sunday afternoon at about the same time when the race is set to get underway.

However, officials are considering whether or not to bring the traditional 3pm local starting time forward to avoid the chaos.

Alonso admits there is “a bit of tension” in the paddock due to the weather forecasts.

“Unfortunately, the typhoon expected tomorrow is creating a bit of tension, because over the past two days, we haven’t done any wet running and having to do the opening lap of the race itself in the rain always complicates matters,” he said.

“Currently, we don’t know how much rain we can expect, so all we can do is prepare for a difficult race, because Suzuka is a circuit where, even in the dry, incidents can occur and it’s easy to make mistakes. I think that later today, the race director might take a decision regarding this, with the possibility of bringing the race forward.”

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