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
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 Vettel114138533.44.0168
3United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton114037233.54.4167
4Finland Mika Häkkinen112226015.65.946
5Brazil Ayrton Senna72204322.49.431
6Austria Gerhard Berger112103204.210.231
7United Kingdom Damon Hill72002017.37.626
8Germany Nico Rosberg91203307.68.870
9Spain Fernando Alonso1411240110.59.465
10Finland Kimi Räikkönen151113019.16.494
11Italy Riccardo Patrese71113016.96.024
12Finland Valtteri Bottas71102015.96.474
13Brazil Rubens Barrichello171102119.010.627
14United Kingdom Jenson Button151012018.56.685
15Brazil Nelson Piquet51001007.49.612
16Italy Alessandro Nannini310010010.78.311
17Netherlands Max Verstappen50213006.06.853
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
23Italy Jarno Trulli1201010012.011.815
24Germany Ralf Schumacher100101126.89.714
25Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen90101017.69.113
26Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya50101008.210.411
27Brazil Roberto Moreno301010018.314.06
28United Kingdom David Coulthard120044006.810.321
29Belgium Thierry Boutsen60022008.78.312
30Australia Daniel Ricciardo900110011.410.748
31France Romain Grosjean90011009.611.227
32Japan Kamui Kobayashi400110011.310.521
33United Kingdom Martin Brundle700110013.49.010
34France Jean Alesi1200110010.714.19
35United Kingdom Johnny Herbert1100110011.311.45
36Sweden Stefan Johansson10011009.03.04
37Japan Aguri Suzuki500110015.812.24
38Germany Nico Hülkenberg900000011.912.330
39Mexico Sergio Pérez900000010.310.727
40Thailand Alexander Albon10000006.04.012
41Spain Carlos Sainz Jr.500000013.012.412
42France Esteban Ocon300000012.012.010
43Japan Takuma Sato50000009.810.010
44Monaco Charles Leclerc20000006.012.08
45Venezuela Pastor Maldonado500000014.212.48
46Germany Nick Heidfeld800000011.19.88
47Mexico Esteban Gutierrez300000013.313.36
48France Pierre Gasly300000010.010.36
49Denmark Kevin Magnussen500000013.414.24
50Italy Michele Alboreto500000016.412.83
51United Kingdom Nigel Mansell60000113.814.83
52Italy Andrea de Cesaris700000014.916.93
53Brazil Cristiano da Matta10000003.07.02
54Russian Federation Vitaly Petrov300000015.016.02
55France Jean-Eric Vergne300000015.711.32
56Canada Lance Stroll300000013.714.02
57Japan Satoru Nakajima500000011.610.02
58Canada Jacques Villeneuve90000217.610.92
59France Olivier Panis1000000011.812.52
60Brazil Christian Fittipaldi200000015.07.01
61Switzerland Sébastien Buemi300000015.317.71
62Russian Federation Daniil Kvyat400000012.311.81
63Italy Stefano Modena400000015.512.81
64United Kingdom Derek Warwick500000012.613.21
65Finland Mika Salo700000017.312.31
66Japan Hideki Noda100000023.026.00
67Hungary Zsolt Baumgartner100000020.017.00
68Japan Toshio Suzuki100000023.012.00
69Brazil Tarso Marques100000020.015.00
70United Kingdom Julian Bailey100000026.014.00
71Ireland Ralph Firman100000015.014.00
72Italy Antonio Giovinazzi100000011.014.00
73Italy Emanuele Naspetti100000026.013.00
74Italy Teo Fabi10000006.022.00
75United States Scott Speed100000019.018.00
76United Kingdom Will Stevens100000019.019.00
77New Zealand Brendon Hartley10000006.013.00
78Italy Piercarlo Ghinzani100000024.013.00
79Argentina Gastón Mazzacane100000022.015.00
80Spain Adrián Campos100000021.025.00
81France Franck Lagorce100000020.019.00
82Japan Kazuki Nakajima100000015.015.00
83France Jean-Marc Gounon100000013.018.00
84Denmark Nicolas Kiesa100000018.016.00
85United Kingdom George Russell100000018.016.00
86Germany Christian Danner100000016.023.00
87Argentina Esteban Tuero100000021.016.00
88Belgium Jérôme d'Ambrosio100000020.021.00
89Brazil Enrique Bernoldi100000020.014.00
90Brazil Antônio Pizzonia100000012.017.00
91United States Alexander Rossi100000020.018.00
92Russian Federation Sergey Sirotkin100000017.016.00
93France Yannick Dalmas100000022.014.00
94Italy Gianmaria Bruni100000018.016.00
95Italy Andrea Montermini100000019.017.00
96United Kingdom Justin Wilson100000010.013.00
97United Kingdom Lando Norris10000008.011.00
98Italy Paolo Barilla100000019.026.00
99Italy Gabriele Tarquini100000024.011.00
100Denmark Jan Magnussen100000014.021.00

Team Ranking

 

Team Ranking Suzuka Circuit

TeamGP  1st  2nd  3rd  Pod  Pole  FL  Avg GridAvg PosPoints
1Italy Ferrari31785201065.68.4310
2United Kingdom McLaren3176922477.38.1251
3Germany Mercedes1063211545.96.2268
4Austria Red Bull1344412546.06.4278
5United Kingdom Williams3135210487.810.2138
6Italy Benetton153238218.410.161
7France Renault1211240111.911.842
8Japan Toyota60101106.59.116
9United Kingdom Team Lotus801010013.312.510
10United Kingdom Lotus F1400110010.09.943
11Switzerland Sauber2100110012.712.238
12United Kingdom BAR700110010.79.524
13France Larrousse700110018.515.24
14India Force India900000010.911.143
15Ireland Jordan1500000011.512.318
16United Kingdom Racing Point200000012.38.314
17Switzerland BMW Sauber30000009.87.814
18Italy Toro Rosso1200000014.013.314
19United States Haas400000011.013.010
20United Kingdom Tyrrell1200000017.514.76
21Japan Honda10000007.58.05
22United Kingdom Brabham400000014.614.44
23United Kingdom Brawn10000008.07.53
24France Ligier1000000017.313.22
25United Kingdom Arrows900000017.614.11
26Italy Minardi1900000017.515.51
27Italy Forti100000020.518.50
28Switzerland Alfa Romeo100000012.013.00
29Italy Fondmetal100000024.011.00
30United Kingdom Simtek100000025.018.00
31United Kingdom Lola100000025.017.00
32Netherlands Spyker100000018.519.00
33Germany Rial100000014.018.00
34Japan Super Aguri100000021.016.00
35United Kingdom Leyton House200000017.317.80
36United Kingdom Pacific200000020.519.00
37United Kingdom Virgin Racing200000021.018.30
38United Kingdom Stewart300000013.715.20
39Germany Zakspeed300000019.323.30
40Spain HRT300000022.819.20
41France AGS300000022.013.00
42Italy Osella400000019.019.70
43United Kingdom March400000017.617.00
44United Kingdom Caterham500000019.416.90
45Italy Dallara500000018.415.80
46United Kingdom Jaguar500000011.013.00
47France Prost500000013.216.90
48United Kingdom Manor500000020.019.50
49United Kingdom Footwork600000016.413.50


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