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Ricciardo queries Suzuka start time

Daniel Ricciardo says F1 needs to look into the decision not to start Sunday’s Japanese GP earlier given the dismal weather conditions.

Despite a typhoon moving into the area, organisers opted not to begin the grand prix earlier than the 3pm scheduled start.

As such, not only did the drivers have to contend with the rain but also fading light.

According to Williams’ team performance chief Rob Smedley “in the 15 years I’ve been involved in F1 that was the darkest I’ve ever seen a race event.”

In light of the horrific end to the race, which was red flagged when Jules Bianchi hit a tractor after sliding off the track at Turn 7, Ricciardo has now called for F1 to look into the start time and learn lessons from it.

“There was definitely talk about that,” he told Autosport when asked whether the race should have started earlier. “What’s done is done.

“They have to analyse it, look back and if they could have or should have done something then they will know for next time.”

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