With much of the country in turmoil due to the recent and unfolding earthquake, tsunami and nuclear crisis, it is feared that October’s Suzuka race might be in doubt even though the immediate area is not overly affected.
Although, the Suzuka circuit, which is owned by Honda, has announced that they have extended their current F1 contract to 2012.
Kobayashi’s manager Yoshinori Arimatsu told Swiss newspaper Blick: “No problem, the race will take place because for the Japanese people it is an honour.”
As the opening practice session commenced at Albert Park, it was clear that some teams are running tributes to the Japanese people on their cars.
“If the GPDA or the FIA can help us we really do need it because so many people have no house, no food,” said Kobayashi in Melbourne.
The Japanese MotoGp originally scheduled for 24th April at the circuit Twin Ring Motegi has been pushed back to the 2nd of October due to the multitude of disasters that have hit the country in recent days.
The Twin Ring Motegi Circuit is situated 120km north of the capital Tokyo, with many areas around Motegi dealing with the after affects of the tsunami following a 9.0 magnitude earthquake off shore, as well as the ever developing nuclear crisis.