Hagibis may wreak havoc in Suzuka but nothing can stop Mercedes | Giles Richards

With a super typhoon threatening to mess with the Japanese Grand Prix it will only delay the coronation of the Silver Arrows and Lewis Hamilton

The spectre of super Typhoon Hagibis lurks over this weekend’s Japanese Grand Prix. Whether the storm hits Suzuka is subject to the vagaries of an “explosive” weather system. It may yet affect the timetable and even threaten the race itself but regardless of its impact, what Hagibis cannot do is prevent Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes’ inexorable march into the record books.

The scale of the super typhoon and its growth was illustrated colourfully by meteorologist Robert Speta in the Japan Times on Wednesday. He described its intensification as if: “You had a fire and instead of throwing gasoline on it to make it bigger you also grabbed some lighter fluid, a bit of oil and a couple of aerosol cans for good measure.”

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