Typhoon Phanfone is now a category four and is following a path that will hit the Japanese mainland hard. The predicted route has the most severe weather hitting Suzuka on Monday, but they will still be slammed by the rain and wind from the storm on Sunday.
There are also concerns from the teams about getting out of Suzuka following the race.
With winds topping 130mph and the typhoon strengthening from a Cat. 1 to a Cat. 4 in a single day, this could be a potentially dangerous situation for everyone at the race track.
Getting the race in is important, but getting everyone from the drivers to the fans safely out is of paramount importance. The last time a GP was started earlier than planned was the Dutch GP in 1970, which was going to overlap the World Cup. An F1 race hasn’t been run on Saturday since the 1985 edition of the South African GP.
The FIA needs to make a decision quickly, but it’s a gamble no matter what they choose to do.