WATCH LIVE: Japanese GP Race Day live on NBCSN from 1:30am ET

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Formula 1 is set to enter the eye of the storm at Suzuka today as the 2014 drivers’ championship takes another twist at one of the sport’s most famous circuits.

Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton have been going toe-to-toe all season long in one of the most exciting championship fights in recent years, and although some signs may suggest that we’re set for another Senna/Prost moment at Suzuka today, there is a bigger picture to be considered.

The inbound super typhoon Phanfone is threatening to rain on F1’s parade, meaning that everyone will have one eye on the sky. Should the predicted downpour hit and hit hard, it will make for a fascinating race – that is if they do get running.

You can watch the Japanese Grand Prix live on NBCSN and Live Extra from 1:30am ET. CLICK HERE to watch via live stream.

In qualifying yesterday, it was Rosberg who had the upper hand, producing a fine final lap in Q3 to secure his eighth pole position of the season by two-tenths of a second.

Never a man to settle for second place, Hamilton was strangely satisfied with his result following a crash in the final part of practice on Saturday. From second place, he will be gunning to extend his lead at the top of the drivers’ championship and add his name to the list of illustrious winners at Suzuka.

The big news of the weekend is Sebastian Vettel’s shock decision to leave Red Bull at the end of the season, appearing set for a move to Ferrari as a replacement for Fernando Alonso, who may be bound for McLaren. Both drivers may have quite a bit more than the race on their mind today.

You can watch the Japanese Grand Prix live on NBCSN and Live Extra from 1:30am ET. CLICK HERE to watch via live stream.