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Rain delays qualifying for the Japanese GP

Rain delays qualifying for the Japanese GP

PRESS LATINA.CU.- Heavy rains today forced the organizers of the Formula One (F1) Japanese Grand Prix to postpone the qualifying day until tomorrow and celebrate it shortly before the race.

The inclement downpours left the Suzuka circuit in very poor condition, so it was decided to postpone the pole position dispute to this Sunday.

The organization of the test waited as long as it could for an improvement in the weather, but the sky did not clear and the situation of 2004 will be reissued, when the rainfall coupled with typhoon Ma-On impeded activities on Saturday.

Most of the pilots accepted the decision in a good way, understanding that it was impossible to go out on the track in such circumstances. Along with the postponement of qualifying, the other news of the day was the five-position sanction to British Lewis Hamilton (McLaren-Mercedes) for replacing the gearbox of his car before the allowed moment.

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Hamilton thus suffered a new setback in his aspirations to win the title, after abandoning in the two previous phases, in Italy and Singapore. The Englishman marches in third place in the general table, 20 points behind the leader, Australian Mark Webber (Red Bull), and nine points behind Spanish Fernando Alonso (Ferrari).

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