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Typhoon could affect Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka

The powerful typhoon that is heading for Japan's main island this weekend could impact the Formula One Japanese Grand Prix.

Typhoon Hagibis is expected to hit western and eastern Japan between Saturday and Sunday, the Japan Meteorological Agency said. It has urged people to take precautions with the storm approaching.

The Pacific side of western and eastern Japan may see torrential rains from Friday until the typhoon passes, and the agency warned of floods caused by the high waves and tides.

Typhoons have hit the race at the Suzuka circuit, about 375 kilometers (230 miles) west of Tokyo, in the past, forcing qualifying to be held on Sunday morning instead of Saturday.

Monday is also a national holiday in Japan meaning Sunday's race could potentially be pushed back a day.

Practice for the Japanese GP is scheduled for Friday with qualifying set for Saturday.

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