2017 FORMULA 1 JAPANESE GRAND PRIX GUIDE
Here's a little pre-race research compilation (from multiple sources) for a concise guide. Need more? Comment and I will see what I can find for you! - Migz
Here Is What You Will Find
- Track Review
- Driver Stats
- Visitor's Guide Info
- 2017 Suzuka Art Review
- Track History
- Suzuka According To Formula 1
- 2016 Formula 1 Suzuka Video
- How to watch F1 around the world
- Suzuka Grand Prix Timetable
Visitors Guide Information
* Grand Prix Tickets
* Area Map
* Park Map
* Map of surroundings of Suzuka Circuit for watching the race safely and comfortably
* Suzuka Circuit Guide
2017 Suzuka Art Review - Junichi Ito
Check out the story of a Japanese Calligrapher, Junichi Ito, who designed the logo of the theme for the 2017 Formula1 Japanese Grand Prix! - LINK HERE
2017 Suzuka Art Review - Lorenzo Ceccotti
Check out the story of Italian artist - Lorenzo Ceccotti who designed Suzuka Grand Prix poster - LINK HERE
Suzuka Circuit Track History
The Suzuka International Racing Course (official name), Suzuka Circuit (鈴鹿サーキット Suzuka Sākitto) for short, is a motorsport race track located in Ino, Suzuka City, Mie Prefecture, Japan and operated by Mobilityland Corporation, a subsidiary of Honda Motor Co., Ltd.. It has a capacity of 155,000.
Soichiro Honda decided to develop a new permanent circuit in Mie prefecture in the late 1950s. Designed as a Honda test track in 1962 by Dutchman John "Hans" Hugenholtz, Suzuka is one of few circuits in the world to have a "figure eight" layout, with the 1.2 km back straight passing over the front section by means of an overpass.
The circuit has been modified four times:
In 1983 a chicane was put at the last curve to slow the cars into the pit straight and the Degner curve was made into two corners instead of one long curve; the circuit was also made considerably safer by adding more crash barriers, more run-off areas and removing straw bales leading into vegetation;
In 2002, the chicane was slightly modified, 130R (marked as 15 on the diagram) was also modified and some of the snake curves were made a bit straighter and faster;
In 2003, the chicane was made slightly faster and closer to the 130R.
Following the fatality at the 2003 MotoGP round, Suzuka reconfigured the motorcycle variant of what is now known as the Hitachi Automotive Systems Chicane before the final turn, and added a second chicane, between the hairpin and 200R.
The circuit can be used in five configurations; the car full circuit, the motorcycle full circuit, the "Suzuka east," "Suzuka west car," and "Suzuka west motorcycle" configurations. The "east" portion of the course consists of the pit straight to the first half of the Dunlop curve (turn seven), before leading back to the pit straight via a tight right-hander. The "west" course is made up of the other part of the full circuit, including the crossover bridge; the straight leading to the overpass is used for the start/finish line and the grid. The chicane between the hairpin and 200R separates the west and full course sections between cars and motorcycles.
The Degner curve was named in honor of Ernst Degner after he crashed his factory Suzuki 50 there during Suzuka's inaugural All Japan Championship Road Race meeting on 3 November 1962.
Suzuka According To Formula 1
One of the greatest tracks used in Formula One racing today, Japan's Suzuka circuit is a massive test of car and driver ability.
Built by Honda as a test facility in 1962, the track was designed by Dutchman John Hugenholz, the Hermann Tilke of his day. A huge theme park was also constructed at the track, including the famous big wheel which dominates the Suzuka skyline.
In 1987, having hosted various sportscar and F2 races, and having lost out initially to Fuji in the race to host the Japanese Grand Prix, Honda's influence finally prevailed and the Grand Prix had a new Japanese home. And - 2007/8 aside - at Suzuka the race has stayed ever since, providing the scene for many nail-biting end-of-season deciders, including the now infamous collisions involving Alain Prost and Ayrton Senna.
Such moments only added to Suzuka's appeal with fans, with the Grand Prix now attracting some of the most passionate and knowledgeable crowds in F1 racing.
The track has also become a favourite with drivers, featuring some of the F1 calendar's most challenging corners. Among the most popular are the high-speed 130R and the famous Spoon Curve. On top of this the circuit's figure-of-eight layout makes it unique in F1 racing.
Source - Formula1.com
A grid girl. Formula One World Championship, Rd 17, Japanese Grand Prix, Race, Suzuka, Japan, 8 October 2006. - Source: Formula1.com
Felipe Massa (BRA) Ferrari F138. Formula One World Championship, Rd15, Japanese Grand Prix, Practice, Suzuka, Japan, Friday 11 October 2013. BEST IMAGE - Source: Formula1.com
(L to R): Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB9 follows Romain Grosjean (FRA) Lotus E21. Formula One World Championship, Rd15, Japanese Grand Prix, Race Day, Suzuka, Japan, Sunday 13 October 2013. BEST IMAGE - Source: Formula1.com
Kamui Kobayashi (JPN) Sauber sprays champagne on the podium. Formula One World Championship, Rd15, Japanese Grand Prix, Race, Suzuka, Japan, Sunday 7 October 2012. - Source: Formula1.com