With no action on Saturday, owing to Typhoon Hagibis, drivers need to do something other than sit and twiddle their thumbs. While on one hand, Max Verstappen, Carlos Sainz and Lando Norris have an important FIFA tournament, other drivers have different plans. One of them is Lewis Hamilton, who revealed some exciting plans for Saturday.
In fact, the British driver was much happier about this Friday format, as they now have more than two sets of tyres per session.
Lewis Hamilton said, “But because we are obviously missing tomorrow we’ve brought all the tyres that we would have had for tomorrow, the two sets that we would have had for the session [FP3] into today, so that’s an interesting learning [experience]. Maybe they need to bring us more tyres in the race weekend so we can do three runs.”
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Speaking to the media, he revealed his plans for Saturday, in the wake of no qualifying. He said, “We are lucky we’ve got the day off. Will probably do some training and go back to Tokyo tonight. Go back to Tokyo and have a nice night and good food and then maybe come back tomorrow”
Admittedly though, the soon-to-be 6-time world champion may be forced to eat his words. This is because, nobody in their right mind would want to go to Tokyo in the middle of a typhoon.
The world champion-elect finished the opening two practice sessions behind teammate Valtteri Bottas. However, he can take comfort in the fact that they were ahead of nearest rivals, Ferrari and Red Bull.
All 20 drivers are looking forward to see if they will have a morning qualifying session. In the worst case scenario, the results of FP2 will likely determine the grid order for the race. Bottas managed to snatch P1 in the second session, in spite of an early spin.
Meanwhile, Toro Rosso’s Daniil Kvyat admitted that he would settle for a game of golf. Romain Grosjean will be rebuilding the famous 6-wheel Tyrrell, a plastic model, armed with a bottle of glue.