The F1 qualifying session for tomorrow’s Japanese Grand Prix was a wash-out with teams forced to abandon the track due to heavy rain.
Hirohide Hamashima, head of motorsport tyres development for Bridgestone, admitted it was a frustrating day. He said: “There was very little track action due to the extreme weather with continual heavy rain throughout the afternoon.
“We saw some very limited running in the morning however qualifying was first delayed and then postponed due to the amount of water on track. Every driver did complete at least an installation lap, and all reported aquaplaning due to the number of deep puddles and amount of water streaming across the track.
“The decision to postpone qualifying was the correct one as it was too wet, even for our wet weather Formula 1 tyre.”
He confirmed that tomorrow would be a challenging day for the teams. He said: “We will have to look to the skies. If there is no rain we will face a clean track from the rain, but without the benefit of laid rubber so it will be an evolving track surface.
“If there is rain I hope it will not be as hard as today. Our wet tyre can displace 61 litres per second of water when fitted to an F1 car travelling at 300kph, but this afternoon there was too much water even for these tyres.”
Alex Kapadia, Operations Team