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Suzuka Circuit layout & records

Circuit Details Lap Record Pole Record
Location: Nagoya Lap Record: 1:31.540 min Record Pole: 1:29.599 min
Race: Japanese Grand Prix Date: 9 October 2005 Date: 7 October 2006
Used Since: 1987 F1 Driver: Kimi Räikkönen F1 Driver: Rubens Barrichello
Type: Closed Cricuit F1 Car: McLaren MP4/20 F1 Car: Ferrari 248F1
 Lap Dist.: 5.807 km Speed: 228.372 km/h Speed: 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.

Suzuka Circuit layout & recordsThe 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.

Suzuka Circuit layout & records

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

Year Race Date Driver Team Laps
2013 2013 Japanese F1 GP result 13 October 1 Suzuka Circuit layout & records Sebastian Vettel
2 Suzuka Circuit layout & records Mark Webber
3 Suzuka Circuit layout & records Romain Grosjean
Suzuka Circuit layout & records Red Bull
Suzuka Circuit layout & records Red Bull
Suzuka Circuit layout & records Lotus F1
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2012 2012 Japanese Grand Prix result 7 October 1 Suzuka Circuit layout & records Sebastian Vettel
2 Suzuka Circuit layout & records Felipe Massa
3 Suzuka Circuit layout & records Kamui Kobayashi
Suzuka Circuit layout & records Red Bull
Suzuka Circuit layout & records Ferrari
Suzuka Circuit layout & records Sauber
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2011 2011 Japanese Grand Prix result 9 October 1 Suzuka Circuit layout & records Jenson Button
2 Suzuka Circuit layout & records Fernando Alonso
3 Suzuka Circuit layout & records Sebastian Vettel
Suzuka Circuit layout & records McLaren
Suzuka Circuit layout & records Ferrari
Suzuka Circuit layout & records Red Bull
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2010 2010 Japanese Grand Prix result 10 October 1 Suzuka Circuit layout & records Sebastian Vettel
2 Suzuka Circuit layout & records Mark Webber
3 Suzuka Circuit layout & records Fernando Alonso
Suzuka Circuit layout & records Red Bull
Suzuka Circuit layout & records Red Bull
Suzuka Circuit layout & records Ferrari
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2009 2009 Japanese Grand Prix result 4 October 1 Suzuka Circuit layout & records Sebastian Vettel
2 Suzuka Circuit layout & records Jarno Trulli
3 Suzuka Circuit layout & records Lewis Hamilton
Suzuka Circuit layout & records Red Bull
Suzuka Circuit layout & records Toyota
Suzuka Circuit layout & records McLaren
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2006 2006 Japanese Grand Prix result 8 October 1 Suzuka Circuit layout & records Fernando Alonso
2 Suzuka Circuit layout & records Felipe Massa
3 Suzuka Circuit layout & records Giancarlo Fisichella
Suzuka Circuit layout & records Renault
Suzuka Circuit layout & records Ferrari
Suzuka Circuit layout & records Renault
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2005 2005 Japanese Grand Prix result 9 October 1 Suzuka Circuit layout & records Kimi Räikkönen
2 Suzuka Circuit layout & records Giancarlo Fisichella
3 Suzuka Circuit layout & records Fernando Alonso
Suzuka Circuit layout & records McLaren
Suzuka Circuit layout & records Renault
Suzuka Circuit layout & records Renault
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2004 2004 Japanese Grand Prix result 10 October 1 Suzuka Circuit layout & records Michael Schumacher
2 Suzuka Circuit layout & records Ralf Schumacher
3 Suzuka Circuit layout & records Jenson Button
Suzuka Circuit layout & records Ferrari
Suzuka Circuit layout & records Williams
Suzuka Circuit layout & records BAR
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2003 2003 Japanese Grand Prix result 12 October 1 Suzuka Circuit layout & records Rubens Barrichello
2 Suzuka Circuit layout & records Kimi Räikkönen
3 Suzuka Circuit layout & records David Coulthard
Suzuka Circuit layout & records Ferrari
Suzuka Circuit layout & records McLaren
Suzuka Circuit layout & records McLaren
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2002 2002 Japanese Grand Prix result 13 October 1 Suzuka Circuit layout & records Michael Schumacher
2 Suzuka Circuit layout & records Rubens Barrichello
3 Suzuka Circuit layout & records Kimi Räikkönen
Suzuka Circuit layout & records Ferrari
Suzuka Circuit layout & records Ferrari
Suzuka Circuit layout & records McLaren
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2001 2001 Japanese Grand Prix result 14 October 1 Suzuka Circuit layout & records Michael Schumacher
2 Suzuka Circuit layout & records Juan Pablo Montoya
3 Suzuka Circuit layout & records David Coulthard
Suzuka Circuit layout & records Ferrari
Suzuka Circuit layout & records Williams
Suzuka Circuit layout & records McLaren
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2000 2000 Japanese Grand Prix result 8 October 1 Suzuka Circuit layout & records Michael Schumacher
2 Suzuka Circuit layout & records Mika Häkkinen
3 Suzuka Circuit layout & records David Coulthard
Suzuka Circuit layout & records Ferrari
Suzuka Circuit layout & records McLaren
Suzuka Circuit layout & records McLaren
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1999 1999 Japanese Grand Prix result 31 October 1 Suzuka Circuit layout & records Mika Häkkinen
2 Suzuka Circuit layout & records Michael Schumacher
3 Suzuka Circuit layout & records Eddie Irvine
Suzuka Circuit layout & records McLaren
Suzuka Circuit layout & records Ferrari
Suzuka Circuit layout & records Ferrari
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1998 1998 Japanese Grand Prix result November 1 1 Suzuka Circuit layout & records Mika Häkkinen
2 Suzuka Circuit layout & records Eddie Irvine
3 Suzuka Circuit layout & records David Coulthard
Suzuka Circuit layout & records McLaren
Suzuka Circuit layout & records Ferrari
Suzuka Circuit layout & records McLaren
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1997 1997 Japanese Grand Prix result 12 October 1 Suzuka Circuit layout & records Michael Schumacher
2 Suzuka Circuit layout & records Heinz-Harald Frentzen
3 Suzuka Circuit layout & records Eddie Irvine
Suzuka Circuit layout & records Ferrari
Suzuka Circuit layout & records Williams
Suzuka Circuit layout & records Ferrari
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1996 1996 Japanese Grand Prix result 13 October 1 Suzuka Circuit layout & records Damon Hill
2 Suzuka Circuit layout & records Michael Schumacher
3 Suzuka Circuit layout & records Mika Häkkinen
Suzuka Circuit layout & records Williams
Suzuka Circuit layout & records Ferrari
Suzuka Circuit layout & records McLaren
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1995 1995 Japanese Grand Prix result 29 October 1 Suzuka Circuit layout & records Michael Schumacher
2 Suzuka Circuit layout & records Mika Häkkinen
3 Suzuka Circuit layout & records Johnny Herbert
Suzuka Circuit layout & records Benetton
Suzuka Circuit layout & records McLaren
Suzuka Circuit layout & records Benetton
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1994 1994 Japanese Grand Prix result 6 November 1 Suzuka Circuit layout & records Damon Hill
2 Suzuka Circuit layout & records Michael Schumacher
3 Suzuka Circuit layout & records Jean Alesi
Suzuka Circuit layout & records Williams
Suzuka Circuit layout & records Benetton
Suzuka Circuit layout & records Ferrari
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1993 1993 Japanese Grand Prix result 24 October 1 Suzuka Circuit layout & records Ayrton Senna
2 Suzuka Circuit layout & records Alain Prost
3 Suzuka Circuit layout & records Mika Häkkinen
Suzuka Circuit layout & records McLaren
Suzuka Circuit layout & records Williams
Suzuka Circuit layout & records McLaren
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1992 1992 Japanese Grand Prix result October 25 1 Suzuka Circuit layout & records Riccardo Patrese
2 Suzuka Circuit layout & records Gerhard Berger
3 Suzuka Circuit layout & records Martin Brundle
Suzuka Circuit layout & records Williams
Suzuka Circuit layout & records McLaren
Suzuka Circuit layout & records Benetton
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1991 1991 Japanese Grand Prix result October 20 1 Suzuka Circuit layout & records Gerhard Berger
2 Suzuka Circuit layout & records Ayrton Senna
3 Suzuka Circuit layout & records Riccardo Patrese
Suzuka Circuit layout & records McLaren
Suzuka Circuit layout & records McLaren
Suzuka Circuit layout & records Williams
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1990 1990 Japanese Grand Prix result October 21 1 Suzuka Circuit layout & records Nelson Piquet
2 Suzuka Circuit layout & records Roberto Moreno
3 Suzuka Circuit layout & records Aguri Suzuki
Suzuka Circuit layout & records Benetton
Suzuka Circuit layout & records Benetton
Suzuka Circuit layout & records Larrousse
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1989 1989 Japanese Grand Prix result October 22 1 Suzuka Circuit layout & records Alessandro Nannini
2 Suzuka Circuit layout & records Riccardo Patrese
3 Suzuka Circuit layout & records Thierry Boutsen
Suzuka Circuit layout & records Benetton
Suzuka Circuit layout & records Williams
Suzuka Circuit layout & records Williams
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1988 1988 Japanese Grand Prix result October 30 1 Suzuka Circuit layout & records Ayrton Senna
2 Suzuka Circuit layout & records Alain Prost
3 Suzuka Circuit layout & records Thierry Boutsen
Suzuka Circuit layout & records McLaren
Suzuka Circuit layout & records McLaren
Suzuka Circuit layout & records Benetton
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1987 1987 Japanese Grand Prix result November 1 1 Suzuka Circuit layout & records Gerhard Berger
2 Suzuka Circuit layout & records Ayrton Senna
3 Suzuka Circuit layout & records Stefan Johansson
Suzuka Circuit layout & records Ferrari
Suzuka Circuit layout & records Lotus
Suzuka Circuit layout & records McLaren
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