Welcome to FOX SPORTS’ live coverage of the Japanese Grand Prix at the Suzuka Circuit.
The typhoon causing chaos across Japan and cancelling a number of Rugby World Cup matches also hit Suzuka, causing Saturday’s qualifying session to be postponed to just hours before the official race.
Mercedes can clinch the constructors’ championship this weekend, while Lewis Hamilton can knock all of his rivals out of title contention – except for teammate Valtteri Bottas, who will still be in with a chance come the end of the race.
With 104 points still on offer in the four races after Japan, Leclerc will need to outscore Hamilton by four points and Max Verstappen will need to take seven points out of the Englishman, while Sebastian Vettel requires a 25-point swing in Sunday’s race.
But Bottas would still be in the hunt even if he retired and Hamilton took the maximum 26 points for win and fastest lap.
With seven more wins than any other driver in 2019, Hamilton is already guaranteed to win on countback were he to end the season tied on points with anyone.
To become champion at the Mexican GP on October 27, Hamilton needs to finish that weekend 78 points clear of his nearest challenger.
So that means he must increase his current 73-point advantage by five points or more over the course of Japan and Mexico. Seventy-eight points would be enough after Mexico to do it because, as mentioned, he wins any tie-breaker.
Track schedule (AEDT):
Qualifying: 12pm – 1pm
Japanese Grand Prix: 4.10pm
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