‘It’s cool when it’s a different format in some ways…it’s a different mentality you enter into’: Lewis Hamilton relishing Japan GP challenge with qualifying and race to take place on Sunday after Typhoon Hagibis chaos
- Lewis Hamilton is excited by the prospect of a different format at Suzuka
- Saturday’s qualifying session was cancelled following chaos of Typhoon Hagibis
- Qualifying will now take place on Sunday morning with the race in the afternoon
The chaos caused by Typhoon Hagibis saw Saturday’s qualifying session cancelled and rescheduled for Sunday morning (10am UK time) with the race set for 2pm.
Normally, drivers have 24 hours to recharge after qualifying, but the change in format means they will be faced with a tougher workload.
Lewis Hamilton says he’s excited by the challenge of qualifying and racing on the same day
Hamilton (with Esteban Ocon) says he will need to switch between two different rhythms
Saturday’s qualifying session was cancelled following the chaos of Typhoon Hagibis
Hamilton, who suffered a scare during Friday’s qualifying session when his brakes caught fire, isn’t concerned about the additional workload and says he’s motivated by a new challenge.
‘I’m definitely down for that,’ Hamilton told Sky Sports. ‘It’s a different mentality you enter into, and there are two different mindsets, two different rhythms.
‘Normally you have time after qualifying to then calm down and chill and then ramp it up to the next day. But if you have to do it on the same day, it’s a different challenge and I like that.’
Lewis Hamilton’s brakes caught fire as he slowed down before turning a corner on Friday
Flames could be seen through his front right tyre as Hamilton pushed his car to the limit
Hamilton said he’d never seen his car’s brakes catch fire before in a video posted on Instagram
It’s the first time since the United States Grand Prix in 2015 that qualifying and the race will take place on the same day.
Four years ago Hamilton qualified on the front row behind Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg, though the Brit went on to win the world championship.
Hamilton has a 73-point lead over nearest rival and Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas ahead of Sunday’s race.