Suzuka Circuit F1 Layout & Records

Suzuka Circuit Details

Location:Nagoya, Suzuak F1 Circuit Japan
Event:Japanese Grand Prix
Used Since:1987
Type:Closed Cricuit
 Lap Dist.:5.807 km

Lap Record

Lap Record:1:31.540 min
Date:9 October 2005
F1 Driver:Kimi Räikkönen
F1 Car:McLaren MP4-20
Speed:228.372 km/h

Pole Record

Record Pole:1:27.319 min
Date:7 October 2017
F1 Driver:Lewis Hamilton
F1 Car:Mercedes W08
Speed:239.411 km/h

Onboard Lap Suzuka

Onboard lap Suzuka circuitSuzuka Circuit, Japan

Suzuka Circuit Layout

Suzuka track layoutF1 circuit layout legenda

Description

 

Suzuka circuit: Three corners in detail


The Esses (Turns 3 – 7)

The Esses of Suzuka

The Esses

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 245km/h 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 180km/h and shifts down, but then quickly blips the throttle while turning in for Turn 14. He then brakes down further, dropping the speed to 140km/h. 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 310km/h, subjecting the drivers and car to massive g-forces as they take the corner. Drivers will brake down to under 100km/h 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.

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Teammates Senna & Prost worst moment in Japan 1989

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.

Podiums

 

F1 Podium Winners on Suzuka Circuit

YearRaceDateDriverTeamLaps
20222022 Japanese F1 GPOctober 91th Netherlands Max Verstappen
2th Mexico Sergio Pérez
3th Monaco Charles Leclerc
Austria Red Bull
Austria Red Bull
Italy Ferrari
29
29
29
20192019 Japanese F1 GPOctober 131th Finland Valtteri Bottas
2th Germany Sebastian Vettel
3th United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton
Germany Mercedes
Italy Ferrari
Germany Mercedes
52
52
52
20182018 Japanese F1 GPOctober 71th United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton
2th Finland Valtteri Bottas
3th Netherlands Max Verstappen
Germany Mercedes
Germany Mercedes
Austria Red Bull
53
53
53
20172017 Japanese F1 GPOctober 81th United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton
2th Netherlands Max Verstappen
3th Australia Daniel Ricciardo
Germany Mercedes
Austria Red Bull
Austria Red Bull
53
53
53
20162016 Japanese F1 GPOctober 91th Germany Nico Rosberg
2th Netherlands Max Verstappen
3th United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton
Germany Mercedes
Austria Red Bull
Germany Mercedes
53
53
53
20152015 Japanese F1 GPSeptember 271th United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton
2th Germany Nico Rosberg
3th Germany Sebastian Vettel
Germany Mercedes
Germany Mercedes
Italy Ferrari
53
53
53
20142014 Japanese F1 GPOctober 51th United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton
2th Germany Nico Rosberg
3th Germany Sebastian Vettel
Germany Mercedes
Germany Mercedes
Austria Red Bull
44
44
44
20132013 Japanese F1 GPOctober 131th Germany Sebastian Vettel
2th Australia Mark Webber
3th France Romain Grosjean
Austria Red Bull
Austria Red Bull
United Kingdom Lotus F1
53
53
53
20122012 Japanese F1 GPOctober 71th Germany Sebastian Vettel
2th Brazil Felipe Massa
3th Japan Kamui Kobayashi
Austria Red Bull
Italy Ferrari
Switzerland Sauber
53
53
53
20112011 Japanese F1 GPOctober 91th United Kingdom Jenson Button
2th Spain Fernando Alonso
3th Germany Sebastian Vettel
United Kingdom McLaren
Italy Ferrari
Austria Red Bull
53
53
53
20102010 Japanese F1 GPOctober 101th Germany Sebastian Vettel
2th Australia Mark Webber
3th Spain Fernando Alonso
Austria Red Bull
Austria Red Bull
Italy Ferrari
53
53
53
20092009 Japanese F1 GPOctober 41th Germany Sebastian Vettel
2th Italy Jarno Trulli
3th United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton
Austria Red Bull
Japan Toyota
United Kingdom McLaren
53
53
53
20062006 Japanese F1 GPOctober 81th Spain Fernando Alonso
2th Brazil Felipe Massa
3th Italy Giancarlo Fisichella
France Renault
Italy Ferrari
France Renault
53
53
53
20052005 Japanese F1 GPOctober 91th Finland Kimi Räikkönen
2th Italy Giancarlo Fisichella
3th Spain Fernando Alonso
United Kingdom McLaren
France Renault
France Renault
53
53
53
20042004 Japanese F1 GPOctober 101th Germany Michael Schumacher
2th Germany Ralf Schumacher
3th United Kingdom Jenson Button
Italy Ferrari
United Kingdom Williams
United Kingdom BAR
53
53
53
20032003 Japanese F1 GPOctober 121th Brazil Rubens Barrichello
2th Finland Kimi Räikkönen
3th United Kingdom David Coulthard
Italy Ferrari
United Kingdom McLaren
United Kingdom McLaren
53
53
53
20022002 Japanese F1 GPOctober 131th Germany Michael Schumacher
2th Brazil Rubens Barrichello
3th Finland Kimi Räikkönen
Italy Ferrari
Italy Ferrari
United Kingdom McLaren
53
53
53
20012001 Japanese F1 GPOctober 141th Germany Michael Schumacher
2th Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya
3th United Kingdom David Coulthard
Italy Ferrari
United Kingdom Williams
United Kingdom McLaren
53
53
53
20002000 Japanese F1 GPOctober 81th Germany Michael Schumacher
2th Finland Mika Häkkinen
3th United Kingdom David Coulthard
Italy Ferrari
United Kingdom McLaren
United Kingdom McLaren
53
53
53
19991999 Japanese F1 GPOctober 311th Finland Mika Häkkinen
2th Germany Michael Schumacher
3th United Kingdom Eddie Irvine
United Kingdom McLaren
Italy Ferrari
Italy Ferrari
53
53
53
19981998 Japanese F1 GPNovember 11th Finland Mika Häkkinen
2th United Kingdom Eddie Irvine
3th United Kingdom David Coulthard
United Kingdom McLaren
Italy Ferrari
United Kingdom McLaren
51
51
51
19971997 Japanese F1 GPOctober 121th Germany Michael Schumacher
2th Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen
3th United Kingdom Eddie Irvine
Italy Ferrari
United Kingdom Williams
Italy Ferrari
53
53
53
19961996 Japanese F1 GPOctober 131th United Kingdom Damon Hill
2th Germany Michael Schumacher
3th Finland Mika Häkkinen
United Kingdom Williams
Italy Ferrari
United Kingdom McLaren
52
52
52
19951995 Japanese F1 GPOctober 291th Germany Michael Schumacher
2th Finland Mika Häkkinen
3th United Kingdom Johnny Herbert
Italy Benetton
United Kingdom McLaren
Italy Benetton
53
53
53
19941994 Japanese F1 GPNovember 61th United Kingdom Damon Hill
2th Germany Michael Schumacher
3th France Jean Alesi
United Kingdom Williams
Italy Benetton
Italy Ferrari
50
50
50
19931993 Japanese F1 GPOctober 241th Brazil Ayrton Senna
2th France Alain Prost
3th Finland Mika Häkkinen
United Kingdom McLaren
United Kingdom Williams
United Kingdom McLaren
53
53
53
19921992 Japanese F1 GPOctober 251th Italy Riccardo Patrese
2th Austria Gerhard Berger
3th United Kingdom Martin Brundle
United Kingdom Williams
United Kingdom McLaren
Italy Benetton
53
53
53
19911991 Japanese F1 GPOctober 201th Austria Gerhard Berger
2th Brazil Ayrton Senna
3th Italy Riccardo Patrese
United Kingdom McLaren
United Kingdom McLaren
United Kingdom Williams
53
53
53
19901990 Japanese F1 GPOctober 211th Brazil Nelson Piquet
2th Brazil Roberto Moreno
3th Japan Aguri Suzuki
Italy Benetton
Italy Benetton
France Larrousse
53
53
53
19891989 Japanese F1 GPOctober 221th Italy Alessandro Nannini
2th Italy Riccardo Patrese
3th Belgium Thierry Boutsen
Italy Benetton
United Kingdom Williams
United Kingdom Williams
53
53
53
19881988 Japanese F1 GPOctober 301th Brazil Ayrton Senna
2th France Alain Prost
3th Belgium Thierry Boutsen
United Kingdom McLaren
United Kingdom McLaren
Italy Benetton
51
51
51
19871987 Japanese F1 GPNovember 11th Austria Gerhard Berger
2th Brazil Ayrton Senna
3th Sweden Stefan Johansson
Italy Ferrari
United Kingdom Team Lotus
United Kingdom McLaren
51
51
51

Driver Ranking

 

Driver Ranking Suzuka Circuit

DriverGP  1st  2nd  3rd  Pod  Pole  FL  Avg GridAvg PosPoints
1Germany Michael Schumacher196309845.47.597
2Germany Sebastian Vettel124138533.84.2176
3United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton124037233.74.4177
4Finland Mika Häkkinen112226015.65.946
5Brazil Ayrton Senna72204322.49.431
6Austria Gerhard Berger112103204.210.231
7United Kingdom Damon Hill72002017.37.626
8Netherlands Max Verstappen61214105.55.878
9Germany Nico Rosberg91203307.68.870
10Spain Fernando Alonso1511240111.19.371
11Finland Kimi Räikkönen151113019.16.494
12Italy Riccardo Patrese71113016.96.024
13Finland Valtteri Bottas81102016.67.574
14Brazil Rubens Barrichello171102119.010.627
15United Kingdom Jenson Button151012018.46.685
16Brazil Nelson Piquet51001007.49.612
17Italy Alessandro Nannini310010010.78.311
18Australia Mark Webber100202137.99.855
19Brazil Felipe Massa120202108.810.342
20France Alain Prost60202132.28.515
21United Kingdom Eddie Irvine100123007.37.420
22Italy Giancarlo Fisichella110112009.510.515
23Mexico Sergio Pérez100101009.79.845
24Italy Jarno Trulli1201010012.011.815
25Germany Ralf Schumacher100101126.89.714
26Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen90101017.69.113
27Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya50101008.210.411
28Brazil Roberto Moreno301010018.314.06
29United Kingdom David Coulthard120044006.810.321
30Belgium Thierry Boutsen60022008.78.312
31Australia Daniel Ricciardo1000110011.410.748
32France Romain Grosjean90011009.611.227
33Monaco Charles Leclerc30011004.79.023
34Japan Kamui Kobayashi400110011.310.521
35United Kingdom Martin Brundle700110013.49.010
36France Jean Alesi1200110010.714.19
37United Kingdom Johnny Herbert1100110011.311.45
38Sweden Stefan Johansson10011009.03.04
39Japan Aguri Suzuki500110015.812.24
40Germany Nico Hülkenberg900000012.112.330
41France Esteban Ocon400000010.310.022
42Thailand Alexander Albon200000011.011.512
43Spain Carlos Sainz600000011.013.712
44Japan Takuma Sato50000009.810.010
45Venezuela Pastor Maldonado500000013.812.48
46Mexico Esteban Gutierrez300000013.313.36
47France Pierre Gasly400000012.512.36
48Germany Nick Heidfeld700000012.110.35
49United Kingdom George Russell200000013.012.04
50Denmark Kevin Magnussen600000014.014.24
51Italy Michele Alboreto500000016.412.83
52United Kingdom Nigel Mansell60000113.814.83
53Italy Andrea de Cesaris700000014.916.93
54Brazil Cristiano da Matta10000003.07.02
55Canada Nicholas Latifi100000019.09.02
56Russian Federation Vitaly Petrov300000015.016.02
57France Jean-Eric Vergne300000015.711.32
58Canada Lance Stroll400000014.813.52
59Japan Satoru Nakajima500000011.610.02
60Canada Jacques Villeneuve90000217.610.92
61France Olivier Panis1000000011.812.52
62Brazil Christian Fittipaldi200000015.07.01
63United Kingdom Lando Norris20000009.010.51
64Switzerland Sébastien Buemi300000015.317.71
65Italy Stefano Modena400000015.512.81
66Russian Federation Daniil Kvyat400000014.811.81
67United Kingdom Derek Warwick500000012.613.21
68Finland Mika Salo700000017.312.31
69Denmark Nicolas Kiesa100000018.016.00
70France Jean-Marc Gounon100000013.018.00
71Italy Gabriele Tarquini100000024.011.00
72Italy Antonio Giovinazzi100000011.014.00
73Brazil Enrique Bernoldi100000020.014.00
74Germany Christian Danner100000016.023.00
75United Kingdom Will Stevens100000018.019.00
76New Zealand Brendon Hartley10000006.013.00
77China Zhou Guanyu100000114.016.00
78United Kingdom Justin Wilson100000010.013.00
79France Yannick Dalmas100000022.014.00
80Italy Andrea Montermini100000019.017.00
81France Éric Bernard100000018.016.00
82Italy Paolo Barilla100000019.026.00
83Denmark Jan Magnussen100000014.021.00
84Czech Republic Tomáš Enge100000019.019.00
85Brazil Ricardo Rosset100000019.013.00
86Netherlands Jan Lammers100000023.020.00
87Argentina Esteban Tuero100000021.016.00
88Belgium Jérôme d'Ambrosio100000020.021.00
89United States Alexander Rossi100000019.018.00
90Russian Federation Sergey Sirotkin100000017.016.00
91Italy Gianmaria Bruni100000018.016.00
92Germany Mick Schumacher100000015.017.00
93Ireland Ralph Firman100000015.014.00
94Japan Hideki Noda100000023.026.00
95Japan Toshio Suzuki100000023.012.00
96Brazil Tarso Marques100000020.015.00
97United Kingdom Julian Bailey100000026.014.00
98Italy Emanuele Naspetti100000026.013.00
99Italy Teo Fabi10000006.022.00
100United States Scott Speed100000019.018.00

Team Ranking

 

Team Ranking Suzuka Circuit

TeamGP  1st  2nd  3rd  Pod  Pole  FL  Avg GridAvg PosPoints
1Italy Ferrari32786211065.58.5325
2United Kingdom McLaren3276922477.68.2252
3Germany Mercedes1163211546.06.2282
4Austria Red Bull1455414646.16.1321
5United Kingdom Williams3235210488.110.3140
6Italy Benetton153238218.410.161
7France Renault1211240111.911.842
8Japan Toyota60101106.59.116
9United Kingdom Team Lotus801010013.312.510
10United Kingdom Lotus F140011009.89.943
11Switzerland Sauber2100110012.612.238
12United Kingdom BAR700110010.79.524
13France Larrousse700110018.515.24
14India Force India900000011.111.143
15France Alpine10000006.05.518
16Ireland Jordan1500000011.512.318
17United Kingdom Racing Point200000012.38.314
18Italy Toro Rosso1200000014.013.314
19Switzerland BMW Sauber200000011.58.011
20United States Haas500000012.013.510
21United Kingdom Aston Martin100000013.59.08
22United Kingdom Tyrrell1200000017.514.76
23Japan Honda10000007.58.05
24United Kingdom Brabham400000014.614.44
25United Kingdom Brawn10000008.07.53
26France Ligier1000000017.313.22
27United Kingdom Arrows900000017.614.11
28Italy Minardi1900000017.515.51
29Japan Super Aguri100000021.016.00
30Italy AlphaTauri100000016.515.50
31Germany Rial100000014.018.00
32Italy Fondmetal100000024.011.00
33Italy Forti100000020.518.50
34United Kingdom Lola100000025.017.00
35Netherlands Spyker100000018.519.00
36United Kingdom Simtek100000025.018.00
37United Kingdom Pacific200000020.519.00
38Switzerland Alfa Romeo200000112.514.30
39United Kingdom Leyton House200000017.317.80
40United Kingdom Virgin Racing200000021.018.30
41France AGS300000022.013.00
42Spain HRT300000022.819.20
43United Kingdom Stewart300000013.715.20
44Germany Zakspeed300000019.323.30
45United Kingdom March400000017.617.00
46Italy Osella400000019.019.70
47France Prost500000013.216.90
48United Kingdom Caterham500000019.416.90
49Italy Dallara500000018.415.80
50United Kingdom Jaguar500000011.013.00
51United Kingdom Manor500000019.819.50
52United Kingdom Footwork600000016.413.50


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