Suzuka

 
Suzuka is the only circuit used in F1 to have an 8-like layout. |  Aguri Suzuki and Kamui Kobayashi are the only two Japanese drivers to feature on the Suzuka podium. |  It was at Suzuka in 1991 when Ayrton Senna punched rookie Eddie Irvine after he was irked by his resistance while he was lapping him. |  

FACTFILE

Name :Suzuka
Country :Japan
No. of Races :28
First Race :Nov 01, 1987
Last Race :Oct 09, 2016
Defending Champion:N.Rosberg
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Designed and built in 1962 by Dutchman John Hugenholz, the Hermann Tilke of his day, Suzuka is a drivers' circuit par excellence. Its unique figure-of-eight layout, string of fast corners and the passionate yet polite Japanese fans make this one of the season's classic races. Importantly, Suzuka remains virtually unaltered since it was first included on the F1 calendar in 1987.

Suzuka is widely regarded as one of the most technically challenging tracks of the season where success lies in the balance of the car. Each lap includes an unforgiving combination of turns, ranging from the slow speed, twisty Esses and Spoon corner at the start of the lap to the high speed 130R and Casio Triangle towards the end. With such a variation, aero efficiency and car stability are crucial to allow the driver to achieve fluidity through the corners and record a quick lap time.

The circuit's unique figure of eight layout also presents a challenging series of directional changes which place heavy demands on both the left and right sides of the tyres. Unlike the majority of Grand Prix destinations, Suzuka's notoriously unpredictable weather conditions can cause havoc and create lottery results in qualifying and the race. A track where mistakes are quickly punished, Suzuka equally rewards precision and balance and never fails to deliver a race to remember to one of Formula One's most enthusiastic audiences.

TOP PERFORMERS AT SUZUKA

According to stats...

  • Suzuka is the only circuit used in F1 to have an 8-like layout.
  • Aguri Suzuki and Kamui Kobayashi are the only two Japanese drivers to feature on the Suzuka podium.
  • It was at Suzuka in 1991 when Ayrton Senna punched rookie Eddie Irvine after he was irked by his resistance while he was lapping him.

List of Grands Prix Held

No Date/Year Grand Prix Winner Team  
1 Nov 01, 1987 Japan
G.Berger
Ferrari
2 Oct 30, 1988 Japan
A.Senna
McLaren
3 Oct 22, 1989 Japan
A.Nannini
Benetton
4 Oct 21, 1990 Japan
N.Piquet
Benetton
5 Oct 20, 1991 Japan
G.Berger
McLaren
6 Oct 25, 1992 Japan
R.Patrese
Williams
7 Oct 24, 1993 Japan
A.Senna
McLaren
8 Nov 06, 1994 Japan
D.Hill
Williams
9 Oct 29, 1995 Japan
M.Schumacher
Benetton
10 Oct 13, 1996 Japan
D.Hill
Williams
11 Oct 12, 1997 Japan
M.Schumacher
Ferrari
12 Nov 01, 1998 Japan
M.Hakkinen
McLaren
13 Oct 31, 1999 Japan
M.Hakkinen
McLaren
14 Oct 08, 2000 Japan
M.Schumacher
Ferrari
15 Oct 14, 2001 Japan
M.Schumacher
Ferrari
16 Oct 13, 2002 Japan
M.Schumacher
Ferrari
17 Oct 12, 2003 Japan
R.Barrichello
Ferrari
18 Oct 10, 2004 Japan
M.Schumacher
Ferrari
19 Oct 09, 2005 Japan
K.Raikkonen
McLaren
20 Oct 08, 2006 Japan
F.Alonso
Renault
21 Oct 04, 2009 Japan
S.Vettel
Red Bull
22 Oct 10, 2010 Japan
S.Vettel
Red Bull
23 Oct 09, 2011 Japan
J.Button
McLaren
24 Oct 07, 2012 Japan
S.Vettel
Red Bull
25 Oct 13, 2013 Japan
S.Vettel
Red Bull
26 Oct 05, 2014 Japan
L.Hamilton
Mercedes
27 Sep 27, 2015 Japan
L.Hamilton
Mercedes
28 Oct 09, 2016 Japan
N.Rosberg
Mercedes

QUOTES ON SUZUKA

Suzuka is a very challenging drivers' circuit and one of the 'old school' circuits like Spa, Monza, Silverstone and Interlagos. It is certainly one of my favourites.
- Rubens Barrichello
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