Pierre Gasly skipped the United States Grand Prix to focus on trying to win the Japanese Super Formula championship, but a typhoon struck the Suzuka area this weekend which has forced organisers to cancel the season’s final round.
Red Bull backed Gasly, racing for Team Mugen, was half a point shy of top spot, and will thus finish second behind Hiroaki Ishiura who has been declared the 2017 Super Formula champion based on the standings after the previous round in Sugo.
Heavy showers and wet conditions impacted the practice and qualifying schedule on Friday and Saturday. However the worst was expected today (Sunday) which forced organisers to cancel proceedings, they also decided that the finale would not be run at a later date.
It was a shame for Gasly who had qualified third, with Ishiura fourth fastest and needed only to finish ahead of the Japanese driver in the race to win the title.
The Frenchman, who made his Toro Rosso debut at the Malaysian Grand Prix, skipped this weekend’s United States Grand Prix to be in Japan to try and win the prestigious title.
WEC World Champion and Le Mans winner, also a Red Bull driver, Brendon Hartley was drafted for the race Austin ro replace Gasly who is expected to return to the cockpit for the final three races of 2017. He is also set to be on the grid, with the Red Bull owned junior team, full time next year.