Super Formula cancels finale, Ishiura champion
21 October 2017 – Super Formula officials have cancelled Sunday's double-header finale at Suzuka due to the impending arrival of Typhoon Lan, meaning Hiroaki Ishiura will be crowned champion.
Heavy rain on Saturday limited running during qualifying, with the grids for the two planned races based on the results of only Q1.
Title rivals Ishiura and Pierre Gasly, split in the standings by just half a point, were set to line up from fourth and eighth respectively for Race 1, and ninth and sixth for Race 2, in their battle for the title.
Typhoon Lan has been heading towards the country and the worst of the extreme wet and windy conditions are expected to be felt on Sunday, with the centre of the system forecast to pass close to Suzuka.
In a short statement on its website, Super Formula issued notice of cancellation of Sunday's races, due to the approaching typhoon, which has been upgraded to 'Super Typhoon' status.
The decision means that Ishiura will be crowned 2017 champion, half a point ahead of Gasly, as per the standings after the previous round at Sugo.
Gasly, having contested his first two Formula 1 events in Malaysia and Japan, skipped this weekend's United States Grand Prix in order to race in the Super Formula finale, with Brendon Hartley taking his place.
Toro Rosso has yet to determine its driver line-up for the remainder of 2017.