So sad ending
Super Formula final round of JAF Suzuka GP held at Suzuka.
JAF GP is 2 race system. So can earn maximum 18 points (Q1 pole and Q3 pole and double wins).
This weekend is hit by big typhoon. So rain falling from Friday.
In this time, one off regulation take on. ”If Qualifying session canceled by weather condition, practice 2 results reflecte to Qualifying results (If 20min session completed).
Finally this session completed and Takuya Izawa (Docomo Team Dandelion) sets top time.
・Qualifying 1 (20 min)
Qualifying session is so important. Because in both qualifying session can earn pole position points Here is point regulation→http://superformula.net/sf/en/race/2017/standings/
And one off regulation take on ”If only completed Q1, best lap for race 1 results, second best lap for race 2″
5 min delay to start QF session. After the delay, session was started.
But suddenly rain got stronger and shows red flag.
After the 30min, condition turns well and decide to restart.
All driver into the racing course. And top group into the attack lap, Felix Rosenqvist (SUNOCO Team LeMans) crashed out at turn1.
So red flag again.
By the suzuka’s marshall quick work, early restart.
Many driver goes time trial. At the timing Nakajima Racing guys sets one-two formation, Kamui Kobayashi (KCMG) off at turn1.
Due to this accident, red flag again. But Kobayashi can move again himself.
In this timing, point leader Hiroaki Ishiura (P.MU Cermo・Inging) did not record the time.
Session resumed soon. Cermo・Inging guys lines pit lane pole position.
After the start, Cermo・Inging team operated put to Ishiura ahead Yuji Kunimoto.
Last 7min, time goes improve, and Andre Lotterer (Vantelin Team TOM’s) sets fastest time. His team mate Kazuki Nakajima (Vantelin Team TOM’s) follow Lotterer and 2nd.
But Tomoki Nojiri (Docomo Team Dandelion) goes 2nd and split TOM’s guys.
Last 1min, they try to final attack, but drama in this time. Title contender Pierre Gasly (Team Mugen) crashed at turn1. Finally session was not restarted.
Next Q2 session is canceled due to rain stronger than Q1.
So Q1’s best time for race 1 grid, Q1’s second best time for race 2 grid.
Race 1 pole is Andre Lotterer (Vantelin Team TOM’s), Race 2 pole is first career pole position for Jan Mardenborough (ITOCHU ENEX Team IMPUL).
After the qualifying session, race direction and JRP are discussions.
As a results, can not expect improvement of condition tomorrow, 2 race canceled.
So championship has finished and 2015 champion Hiroaki Ishiura retakes Super Formula title! And P.MU Cermo・Inging gets 3rd consecutive years team title!
Toro Rosso F1 driver Pierre Gasly (Team Mugen) ended 2nd and rookie of the year.
only 0.5 behind from Ishiura. It is so super results and his talent.
3rd is same super rookie Felix Rosenqvist (SUNOCO Team LeMans).