Pierre Gasly entered this weekend just a half-a-point behind Hiroaki Ishiura in the Super Formula driver standings, but Ishiura was declared champion without the final races even being held.
That’s because Sunday’s events in Suzuka were cancelled after a super typhoon was announced in the forecast.
Ishiura made history by clinching his second Super Formula championship in the last three years. In addition, Ishiura’s win also shattered the 21-year-old Gasly’s dreams of becoming the first Super Formula rookie champion in more than 20 years, according to NBC Sports.
“At the moment I’m disappointed because I wanted to race and wanted to fight and it’s not gonna happen. So it’s just a bit hard to accept now. But that’s how it is,” Gasly said, according to Motorsport.com. “I think one of the things I’ve learnt today is that some things you can’t really control. To lose the championship by half a point is something really tough.”
To be at the races in Suzuka, Gasly actually skipped the United States Grand Prix in Austin, Texas, which happens to be the only F1 race held in the U.S., at least for the time being.
This decision allowed Porsche factory driver Brendon Hartley to make his first F1 start in Austin. However, he shouldn’t get too comfortable in that car because Gasly will return to Toro Rosso for the last three races of the F1 schedule.
The United States Grand Prix is scheduled for this Sunday at 3 p.m. NBC will handle the telecast.