After an 80 minute delay, race control has finally confirmed that qualifying will not take place at Suzuka on Saturday.
FIA race director Charlie Whiting confirmed that the session will now take place on Sunday morning at 10am, with the stewards to confirm that decision shortly.
It is believed the decision was taken at 1520 – instead of 1630 as earlier expected – because the natural light has already begun to fade.
Upon learning of the decision, Sebastian Vettel came out of the Red Bull garage to applaud the massed grandstands, with the passionate Japanese fans having patiently waited for cars that ultimately did not run.
“I hope they all turn up tomorrow for a busy day,” said Heikki Kovalainen.
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