It is the typhoon season in the western Pacific and that nasty storms brew up out at sea and then sweep in and batter the islands of Japan. It happens every year and every year it seems that Formula 1 has managed to schedule a race at the same time as one of the typhoons. One might ask why Formula 1 does this but the F1 calendar is a supernatural thing, which is created despite the laws of nature or even of common sense, but is ruled by the rules of commerce.
It is no surprise, therefore, that this year’s Japanese GP is supposedly under threat from Typhoon Phanfone, which has been spooling up for the last few days, having started out as a lowly tropical storm, it is heading towards super typhoon status. The important question for the folks at Suzuka is where it is going to go and plotting typhoons is an inexact science. They say that winds in the upper atmosphere should turn the storm north and then northeast, which would mean that it will run straight into Japan. If the storm passes to the east of Japan there is likely to be heavy rainfall throughout the country, which could cause floods and mudslides. A direct hit on Japan mean that there would be torrential rain and 100mph winds. Having said that the margin of error is huge in his such predictions, so we will just have to wait to see what happens.