Round seventeen of the season sees F1 head to the classic circuit at Sukzua in Japan. The circuit has hosted the race since 1987 expect two in the late 2000’s and its figure of eight layout give drivers a unique roll coaster ride around 3.6 miles with challenging corners around the fifty three lap race.
Eye conic corners Spoon Curve, Turn One and the S Curves have given the sport some eye conic action. Including the crash between Ayrton Senna and Alian Prost in 1989 when Senna though pole was on the wrong side so he kept going and crashed into Prost. The circuit is fast and claimed life’s including Jules Bianchi only two years ago.
Get it wrong and you could be out as unforgiving gravel remains. Honda will want to get a good result here at their home race. This circuit is high speed fast flowing and provides great action but get it wrong and you may pay the price.
Facts and figures
|Race||Emirates Japanese Grand Prix|
|Venue||Suzuka International Racing Course, Suzuka, Mie Prefecture, Japan|
|Circuit Length||5.807 km (3.608 mi)|
|Race Distance||307.573 km (191.117 mi)|
|Lap Record||1:31.540 (Finland Kimi Räikkönen, McLaren, 2005)|
|Most wins drivers||Michael Schumacher (6)|
|Most wins manufacture||McLaren (9)|
What happened in 2015?
Lewis Hamilton held off team-mate Nico Rosberg following the battle at turn one to take victory. A personal goal reached for Hamilton which put him on an equal number of victories as boyhood hero Ayrton Senna. This we now know led to him emulating Senna by taking a third title this season. Sebastian Vettel was third and led his Ferrari team-mate Kimi Raikkonen home.
Embarrassment was for Honda after Fernando Alonso’s radio messages became increasingly fraught as the race went on, with the Spaniard comparing Honda’s power unit to the cars in F1’s feeder category.