Suzuka: The Inside Line

Paddy Lowe, Executive Director (Technical)
"Clearly, Singapore didn’t deliver the result we would have liked. We didn’t do a good enough job of getting the best out of our car and, at the same time, we don’t automatically assume our car was capable of winning that race even if we had done so, as our competitors looked extremely strong. So, we came away from the weekend with plenty to analyse to ensure we come back in better shape for the future. In Suzuka, we have one of the great tracks on the calendar. It’s a good all-round test of a car which credits both chassis and Power Unit performance, as well as driver skill. There are some immensely tricky sequences around the circuit, so this is an event where you see the top drivers come to the fore. There is significant history here too – including the tragic accident suffered by Jules Bianchi last year. So, we hold him in our thoughts this weekend and aim to put on a good show for the fans, who are amongst the most energetic and certainly the most creative in the world, whilst aiming for a good result to put the disappointment of Singapore behind us."


Session JST (Local Time) UTC (-9 Hours)
Practice 1 10:00 - 11:30 01:00 - 02:30
Practice 2 14:00 - 15:30 05:00 - 06:30
Practice 3 12:00 - 13:00 03:00 - 04:00
Qualifying 15:00 - 16:00 06:00 - 07:00
Race 14:00 05:00

Race Characteristics (2005 - 2014)*

Races Featuring Safety Car 6
Total Safety Car Deployments 8
Historical Safety Car Probability / Ratio 75% / 1.00
Winners From Pole Position 3
Lowest Winning Grid Position P17 (2005)
Climate Temperate
Historical Weekend Temperature Range 19 - 30°C
Rain Affected Sessions 4
Rain Affected Races 1
Historical Wet Race Probability 12.5%

*Japanese Grand Prix Held at Fuji in 2007 / 2008

2014 Statistics

Fastest Lap P1 1:35.461 (ROS)
Fastest Lap P2 1:35.078 (HAM)
Fastest Lap P3 1:33.228 (ROS)
Fastest Lap Q1 1:33.611 (HAM)
Fastest Lap Q2 1:32.950 (ROS)
Fastest Lap Q3 1:32.506 (ROS)
Delta P1 to Q3 - 2.955
Delta Q1 to Q3 - 1.105
Fastest Race Lap 1:51.600 (HAM)
Winning Race Time 1:51'43.021
Winning Average Speed 137.065 km/h
Race Speed Trap 273.6 km/h (ROS)
Winning Strategy 3 Stops (L2/14/35)
Total Race Pit Stops 79
Total Normal Overtakes 18
Total DRS Overtakes 6
Not Classified 3 (1 Mechanical)

107% Sample Times

1:30.000 1:36.300
1:30.500 1:36.835
1:31.000 1:37.370
1:31.500 1:37.905
1:32.000 1:38.440
1:32.500 1:38.975
1:33.000 1:39.510
1:33.500 1:40.045
1:34.000 1:40.580
1:34.500 1:41.115

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