JAPANESE GRAND PRIX

SUZUKA CIRCUIT - SUZUKA

22/09/2023

FP1: 11:30 - 12:30 / FP2: 15:00 - 16:00

23/09/2023

FP3: 11:30 - 12:30 / QUALI: 15:00 - 16:00

24/09/2023

RACE: 14:00

22 - 24 september

JAPANESE GRAND PRIX

SUZUKA CIRCUIT - SUZUKA

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22/09/2023

FP1: 11:30 - 12:30 /
FP2: 15:00 - 16:00

23/09/2023

FP3: 11:30 - 12:30 /
QUALI: 15:00 - 16:00

24/09/2023

RACE: 14:00

Japanese GP: all you need to know

The Japanese Grand Prix is an unmissable event for true motor sport fans. In fact, it was the founder of the Japanese auto company, Soichiro Honda, who wanted to build this facility, as a test track for the company’s cars.

There have been 36 editions of the Japanese Grand Prix, from 1976 to the present day. The first two and those in 2007 and 2008 were held at Fuji, with all others taking place at Suzuka. Dating back to 1962, the John Hugenholtz-designed Suzuka Circuit is that rare creature, a Formula One circuit that tests every aspect of car and driver.

The Japanese GP rewards the audacious!

Like Spa, there are awesome high-speed corners such as 130R that push a driver’s resolve to the limit, an amazing ‘esses’ section, where incredibly rapid changes of direction put a premium on bravery and car balance, and the Degner Curves, at which the only options are perfection or a long walk back to the pits.

Not enough? OK, how about this: the Suzuka GP is held in the middle of a theme park called Motopia, it’s got its own Ferris wheel and the track is F1’s only figure-8 layout, even if the original design featured three cross over points!

SUZUKA CIRCUIT

Making history from the off

The first Japanese Grand Prix in 1976 produced a thrilling finale to the fight for the Drivers’ World Championship, between James Hunt and Niki Lauda, a rivalry captured in the film, “Rush.” Spoiler alert, Lauda pulled out after one lap, deeming the atrociously wet conditions too dangerous. Hunt went on to finish third, picking up enough points to take the crown.

In 1987, the race reappeared on the calendar at the Suzuka circuit, built in 1962 as Soichiro Honda wanted a purpose-built track to test his cars. The track, famous for its “figure of eight” section was designed by Dutchman John Hugenholtz.

The Japanese Grand Prix has always produced thrilling racing over the years and has very often been the title decider. All the drivers love Suzuka, which is both technical and fast with some of the nicest corners on the calendar, such as the high speed esses in the first section and the legendary 130 R, which requires plenty of pace and a good helping of courage.

FIRST GRAND PRIX
1987
NUMBER OF LAPS
53
CIRCUIT LENGTH
5.807km
RACE DISTANCE
307.471 km
LAP RECORD
1:30.983 Lewis Hamilton (2019)

results JAPANESE GRAND PRIX

1Max Verstappen Red Bull Racing RBPT1:30.224
2Carlos Sainz Ferrari1:30.336
3Charles Leclerc Ferrari1:30.402
4Fernando Alonso Alpine Renault1:30.603
5Sergio Perez Red Bull Racing RBPT1:30.622
6Esteban Ocon Alpine Renault1:30.696
7George Russell Mercedes1:30.865
8Daniel Ricciardo McLaren Mercedes1:30.880
9Lando Norris McLaren Mercedes1:30.881
10Guanyu Zhou Alfa Romeo Ferrari1:30.894
12Guanyu Zhou AlphaTauri RBPT1:31.130
17Guanyu Zhou AlphaTauri RBPT1:31.322
1Sergio Perez Red Bull Racing RBPT1:29.925
2Fernando Alonso Alpine Renault1:30.343
3Max Verstappen Red Bull Racing RBPT1:30.346
4Esteban Ocon Alpine Renault1:30.357
5Lewis Hamilton Mercedes1:30.443
6Carlos Sainz Ferrari1:30.444
7George Russell Mercedes1:30.465
8Lando Norris McLaren Mercedes1:30.473
9Charles Leclerc Ferrari1:30.486
10Sebastian Vettel Aston Martin Aramco Mercedes1:30.656
13Sebastian Vettel AlphaTauri RBPT1:30.808
1Max Verstappen Red Bull Racing RBPT1:29.304
2Charles Leclerc Ferrari1:29.314
3Carlos Sainz Ferrari1:29.361
4Sergio Perez Red Bull Racing RBPT1:29.709
5Esteban Ocon Alpine Renault1:30.165
6Lewis Hamilton Mercedes1:30.261
7Fernando Alonso Alpine Renault1:30.322
8George Russell Mercedes1:30.389
9Sebastian Vettel Aston Martin Aramco Mercedes1:30.554
10Lando Norris McLaren Mercedes1:31.003
1Max Verstappen Red Bull Racing RBPT3:01:44.004
2Sergio Perez Red Bull Racing RBPT+27.066s
3Charles Leclerc Ferrari+31.763s
4Esteban Ocon Alpine Renault+39.685s
5Lewis Hamilton Mercedes+40.326s
6Sebastian Vettel Aston Martin Aramco Mercedes+46.358s
7Fernando Alonso Alpine Renault+46.369s
8George Russell Mercedes+47.661s
9Nicholas Latifi Williams Mercedes+70.143s
10Lando Norris McLaren Mercedes+70.782s
13Lando Norris AlphaTauri RBPT+75.599s
17Lando Norris AlphaTauri RBPT+88.091s

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