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Grand Prix View, Headline, Japanese GP, Race Preview »

[1 Oct 2012 | 2 Comments | 3,862 views]
Preview of the Japanese Grand Prix

With the driver market having seen its first major shift for some time in the past week, Formula One gets back down to the nitty gritty of racing at Japan’s spectacular Suzuka circuit. Last year, Sebastian Vettel clinched the World Championship at the iconic track but this time around he finds himself as the nearest challenger to Fernando Alonso, 29 points behind with six races remaining…

Free Practice Report, Headline, Japanese GP »

[7 Oct 2011 | 2 Comments | 1,596 views]
Button Leads the Way but Vettel Crashes

In the bright sunshine of Suzuka, Mclaren’s Jenson Button set the fastest lap in both free practice sessions, his best time of 1 minute 31.901 coming in the second of the day’s sessions. However, it was World Champion-elect Sebastian Vettel who grabbed the headlines when he became the latest of victim of one of the most underrated corners on the calendar – the Degner Curves.

History, Japanese GP »

[5 Oct 2011 | 3 Comments | 7,118 views]
The Ascent of Suzuka

While in his helicopter flying over the rice fields south west of Nagoya, the Japanese industrialist and Honda Motor Company founder, Soichiro Honda, found what he was looking for: a new location for the latest Honda factory and test track. A telegram was subsequently dispatched to Dutch race track designer John Hugenholtz with the simple words: “Please come to Tokyo. Soichiro Honda.”

Grand Prix View, Japanese GP, Race Preview »

[3 Oct 2011 | One Comment | 3,070 views]
Track Notes – Suzuka

Suzuka is a truly technical circuit with a lot of character and features some wonderfully rewarding corners.

Even the first two corners, which look tame enough at first glance, have an awkward camber. From this lowest part of the circuit the track climbs through five switchback corners where a driver needs rhythm and faultless stability, before arriving at Dunlop Curve. The figure-eight circuit then crosses under itself and heads down to the hairpin, which often sees overtaking possibilities.

Spoon Curve is a never-ending left-hander, before the cars are spat
out onto a long …

Headline, History, Turkish GP »

[4 May 2011 | 12 Comments | 5,024 views]
Eight Turn Eights

Istanbul’s Turn Eight: Brilliant corner, rubbish name. With that in mind, I went in search of some more of Formula One’s turn eights. Some are unexciting affairs, some are mere parts of larger complexes and some are similarly lumbered with the unimaginative moniker of Turn 8. However, there are some absolute gems and, in no particular order, I present my eight favourite turn 8s…

Japanese GP, Weekend in Pictures »

[11 Oct 2010 | 2 Comments | 871 views]

Pictures from the 2010 Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka as Sebastian Vettel swept to a resounding victory from pole after qualifying was delayed to Sunday morning by heavy rain. Team mate Mark Webber came home second to strengthen his lead in the Drivers’ Championship while Fernando Alonso’s third place sees him only ahead of Vettel in the standings on results countback. A strategy error from Jenson Button and not one but two troublesome gearboxes for Lewis Hamilton resulted in the McLaren’s losing ground in the title chase…
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