Ferrari boss Stefano Domenicali says his team will be unaffected by the postponement of qualifying to Sunday.
Heavy rain forced the Japanese GP race director to call qualifying off and reschedule it for race day, with the session taking place five hours before the start of the Suzuka event. Ferrari is one of the teams to have lived a similar situation in the past, with Suzuka qualifying having been postponed to Sunday already in 2004.
"For us, it does not change much and, indeed, doing qualifying and the race on the same day is something we have experienced before, right here in Suzuka," said Domenicali.
The Italian said, however, that he fell sorry for the fans.
"We feel really sorry for the thousands of spectators who had braved the bad weather to pack the grandstands in order to watch what should have been an exciting qualifying session. There is always a great atmosphere here in Japan, with real enthusiasm for Formula 1: Even today you could see lots of families with their children, something that is always nice to see and not just in our sport."