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Suzuka Circuit layout & records

Circuit DetailsLap RecordPole Record
Location:NagoyaLap Record:1:31.540 minRecord Pole:1:29.599 min
Race:Japanese Grand PrixDate:9 October 2005Date:7 October 2006
Used Since:1987F1 Driver:Kimi RäikkönenF1 Driver:Rubens Barrichello
Type:Closed CricuitF1 Car:McLaren MP4/20F1 Car:Ferrari 248F1
 Lap Dist.:5.807 kmSpeed:228.372 km/hSpeed:228,553 km/h

 

Suzuka Circuit Layout
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Suzuka circuit: Three corners in detail

The Esses (Turns 3 – 7)
The high speed Esses are a flowing sequence of interlinking turns that sees the car change direction rapidly at very high speed. The driver will enter turn three, the start of the Esses, at approximately 245kph and carry the speed through until the exit of the complex. The high speed switches of direction subject the internals of the engine and lubricant systems to high lateral G-forces. The fuel and oil can be squashed to one side of the tank away from the collectors, so engineers must regularly check minimum levels. Gear selection is also crucial here as the driver will spend approximately 15secs in fourth or fifth gear through this section.

Spoon Curve (Turns 13 – 14)
The Spoon Curve is another Suzuka circuit classic. The driver enters Turn 13 at around 180kph and shifts down, but then quickly blips the throttle while turning in for Turn 14. He then brakes down further, dropping the speed to 140kph. This corner is all about keeping the rhythm going: if the driver is too aggressive on the throttle he will lose time through Turn 14 and will carry this deficit all the way through the 130R. Be too slow on the throttle and he will lose tenths on the entry and apex. The challenge here is to give the driver the necessary torque response when required.

130R (Turn 15)
The awesome 130R corner is actually a straight in engine terms, with the driver at full throttle throughout the corner. This long ‘straight’ is a huge 1,250m from the exit of the Spoon Curve and is taken at nearly 310kph, subjecting the drivers and car to massive g-forces as they take the corner. Drivers will brake down to under 100kph for the chicane leading onto the pit straight so engine engineers will work to provide effective engine braking as well as literal braking and rear stability for this big stop.

 

Super Suzuka- A track guide

Since its introduction in 1987, Suzuka has established itself as one of the most feared, respected and challenging circuits on the F1 calendar.

It has been the setting for many championship deciders and is synonymous with success. Champions are made at Suzuka. SennaProst,SchumacherHillHakkinen and Vettel to name a few.

Only the best are capable of conquering Asia’s greatest track. It takes nerve, dare and a huge dollop of talent.

It may have now lost its place at the end of the calendar but it still remains a special and unique circuit. As Formula 1 invades Asia a little bit more, Suzuka loses its exclusivity but it will always retain its majesty.

Super Suzuka A track guideThe track, situated in the middle of nowhere, can make the hairs on the back of your neck stand up, hence its status as a drivers favourite.

It is filled with legendary corners, which all have a story to tell: The spoon curve, the Degners, the chicane, the ‘S’ curves and, most famously of all, the iconic 130R, a corner to rival Spa’s Eau Rouge.

The circuit was designed in 1962 by a Dutchman, John ‘Hans’ Hugenholtz. It is one of only a handful of circuits in the world to have a figure of eight layout. The back straight passes over the front section, making it unique in F1.

After the Fuji Speedway’s grip on the Japanese Grand Prix relinquished in 1987, Suzuka had its chance. It has not looked back since.

Positioned near the end of the season means it has played host too many championship battles, not least the epic duels between Alain Prost and Ayrton Senna which have gone down in F1 folklore.

Super Suzuka A track guide

Mika Hakkinen and Michael Schumacher have also had legendary fights. Races in 1988, 1989, 1990, 1998, 1999 and 2000 will always be remembered.

In 2005, Fernando Alonso made himself a legend as he pulled off a seemingly impossible overtake on Schumacher round the outside of 130R.

When Formula 1 decided to return to Fuji in 2007, most people spoke out in annoyance. In 2009, Suzuka came back.

Since then, Sebastian Vettel has dominated and epic championship battles have dried up.

But the hunger to see Suzuka on the calendar will never diminish. It is, and always will be, an F1 classic.

 

Previous F1 GP Winners on Suzuka Circuit

YearRaceDateDriverTeamLaps
20152015 Japanese F1 GP result27 September1 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton
2 Germany Nico Rosberg
3 Germany Sebastian Vettel
Germany Mercedes
Germany Mercedes
Italy Ferrari
53
53
53
20142014 Japanese F1 GP result5 October1 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton
2 Germany Nico Rosberg
3 Germany Sebastian Vettel
Germany Mercedes
Germany Mercedes
Austria Red Bull
44
44
44
20132013 Japanese F1 GP result13 October1 Germany Sebastian Vettel
2 Australia Mark Webber
3 France Romain Grosjean
Austria Red Bull
Austria Red Bull
United Kingdom Lotus F1
53
53
53
20122012 Japanese Grand Prix result7 October1 Germany Sebastian Vettel
2 Brazil Felipe Massa
3 Japan Kamui Kobayashi
Austria Red Bull
Italy Ferrari
Switzerland Sauber
53
53
53
20112011 Japanese Grand Prix result9 October1 United Kingdom Jenson Button
2 Spain Fernando Alonso
3 Germany Sebastian Vettel
United Kingdom McLaren
Italy Ferrari
Austria Red Bull
53
53
53
20102010 Japanese Grand Prix result10 October1 Germany Sebastian Vettel
2 Australia Mark Webber
3 Spain Fernando Alonso
Austria Red Bull
Austria Red Bull
Italy Ferrari
53
53
53
20092009 Japanese Grand Prix result4 October1 Germany Sebastian Vettel
2 Italy Jarno Trulli
3 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton
Austria Red Bull
Japan Toyota
United Kingdom McLaren
53
53
53
20062006 Japanese Grand Prix result8 October1 Spain Fernando Alonso
2 Brazil Felipe Massa
3 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella
France Renault
Italy Ferrari
France Renault
53
53
53
20052005 Japanese Grand Prix result9 October1 Finland Kimi Räikkönen
2 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella
3 Spain Fernando Alonso
United Kingdom McLaren
France Renault
France Renault
53
53
53
20042004 Japanese Grand Prix result10 October1 Germany Michael Schumacher
2 Germany Ralf Schumacher
3 United Kingdom Jenson Button
Italy Ferrari
United Kingdom Williams
United Kingdom BAR
53
53
53
20032003 Japanese Grand Prix result12 October1 Brazil Rubens Barrichello
2 Finland Kimi Räikkönen
3 United Kingdom David Coulthard
Italy Ferrari
United Kingdom McLaren
United Kingdom McLaren
53
53
53
20022002 Japanese Grand Prix result13 October1 Germany Michael Schumacher
2 Brazil Rubens Barrichello
3 Finland Kimi Räikkönen
Italy Ferrari
Italy Ferrari
United Kingdom McLaren
53
53
53
20012001 Japanese Grand Prix result14 October1 Germany Michael Schumacher
2 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya
3 United Kingdom David Coulthard
Italy Ferrari
United Kingdom Williams
United Kingdom McLaren
53
53
53
20002000 Japanese Grand Prix result8 October1 Germany Michael Schumacher
2 Finland Mika Häkkinen
3 United Kingdom David Coulthard
Italy Ferrari
United Kingdom McLaren
United Kingdom McLaren
53
53
53
19991999 Japanese Grand Prix result31 October1 Finland Mika Häkkinen
2 Germany Michael Schumacher
3 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine
United Kingdom McLaren
Italy Ferrari
Italy Ferrari
53
53
53
19981998 Japanese Grand Prix resultNovember 11 Finland Mika Häkkinen
2 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine
3 United Kingdom David Coulthard
United Kingdom McLaren
Italy Ferrari
United Kingdom McLaren
51
51
51
19971997 Japanese Grand Prix result12 October1 Germany Michael Schumacher
2 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen
3 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine
Italy Ferrari
United Kingdom Williams
Italy Ferrari
53
53
53
19961996 Japanese Grand Prix result13 October1 United Kingdom Damon Hill
2 Germany Michael Schumacher
3 Finland Mika Häkkinen
United Kingdom Williams
Italy Ferrari
United Kingdom McLaren
52
52
52
19951995 Japanese Grand Prix result29 October1 Germany Michael Schumacher
2 Finland Mika Häkkinen
3 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert
Italy Benetton
United Kingdom McLaren
Italy Benetton
53
53
53
19941994 Japanese Grand Prix result6 November1 United Kingdom Damon Hill
2 Germany Michael Schumacher
3 France Jean Alesi
United Kingdom Williams
Italy Benetton
Italy Ferrari
50
50
50
19931993 Japanese Grand Prix result24 October1 Brazil Ayrton Senna
2 France Alain Prost
3 Finland Mika Häkkinen
United Kingdom McLaren
United Kingdom Williams
United Kingdom McLaren
53
53
53
19921992 Japanese Grand Prix resultOctober 251 Italy Riccardo Patrese
2 Austria Gerhard Berger
3 United Kingdom Martin Brundle
United Kingdom Williams
United Kingdom McLaren
Italy Benetton
53
53
53
19911991 Japanese Grand Prix resultOctober 201 Austria Gerhard Berger
2 Brazil Ayrton Senna
3 Italy Riccardo Patrese
United Kingdom McLaren
United Kingdom McLaren
United Kingdom Williams
53
53
53
19901990 Japanese Grand Prix resultOctober 211 Brazil Nelson Piquet
2 Brazil Roberto Moreno
3 Japan Aguri Suzuki
Italy Benetton
Italy Benetton
France Larrousse
53
53
53
19891989 Japanese Grand Prix resultOctober 221 Italy Alessandro Nannini
2 Italy Riccardo Patrese
3 Belgium Thierry Boutsen
Italy Benetton
United Kingdom Williams
United Kingdom Williams
53
53
53
19881988 Japanese Grand Prix resultOctober 301 Brazil Ayrton Senna
2 France Alain Prost
3 Belgium Thierry Boutsen
United Kingdom McLaren
United Kingdom McLaren
Italy Benetton
51
51
51
19871987 Japanese Grand Prix resultNovember 11 Austria Gerhard Berger
2 Brazil Ayrton Senna
3 Sweden Stefan Johansson
Italy Ferrari
United Kingdom Lotus
United Kingdom McLaren
51
51
51