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2018 Formula 1 Japanese Grand Prix

Oct. 7, 2018 2.10pm (local time)
Location Suzuka
Circuit Length 5807 km km
Laps 53
Race Distance 307.471 km
Lap Record 1:31.540 - K. Räikkönen (2005)

The inaugural Japanese Grand Prix was held at the Fuji Speedway in 1976: remaining at the circuit the following year before the race was removed from the Formula One calendar. It returned in 1987 at Suzuka, which hosted the Grand Prix exclusively for 20 years and gained a reputation as one of the most challenging circuits in Formula One.

The race moved back to the newly redesigned Fuji Speedway for the 2007 and 2008 seasons before returning to Suzuka in 2009, where it has remained ever since.

Ranked amongst drivers and teams alike as one of the greatest circuits in Formula One, Suzuka is a massive test of both car and driver ability and has played host to 12 World Championship-deciding races.

Built by Honda as a test facility in 1962, the track was designed by Dutchman John Hugenholz and also features a theme park: including the famous big wheel which dominates the skyline.

Suzuka includes some of the world’s most challenging corners. Among the drivers' favourites are the high-speed 130R, sweeping ‘S Curves’ complex and the infamous Spoon Curve. On top of this, the circuit's figure-of-eight layout makes it unique in the Grand Prix calendar. There’s always a wonderful atmosphere, too, with Japan having some of the most knowledgeable and enthusiastic fans in the world.

Silver Arrows Mercedes-Benz Power
Wins 4 9
Podiums 7 22
Pole Positions 4 6
Front Row Starts 7 14
Fastest Laps 3 7
Starts 8 24

2018 Information - Timetable

Session Local Time Brackley Stuttgart
Practice 1 - Friday 10:00 02:00 03:00
Practice 2 - Friday 14:00 06:00 07:00
Practice 3 - Saturday 12:00 04:00 05:00
Qualifying - Saturday 15:00 07:00 08:00
Race - Sunday 14:10 06:10 07:10

Circuit Characteristics

Circuit Length 5.807 km
Race Laps 53
Race Distance 309.471 km
Lap Record 1:31.540
Record holder RAI (2005)
Distance from Pole to Turn 1 Apex 405 m
Pit Lane Length Under Speed Limit Control 392.2 m
Pit Lane Time at 80 km/h 17.7 s
Number of Corners 18 (8 Left / 10 Right)
Highest Lateral G 3.9 (T15)
%of Lap/Lap Distance at Full Throttle 51% / 50%
Fuel Consumption Medium
Braking Events 6 (1 Heavy)
Brake Energy Medium
Track Evolution (P1 – Qualifying) Medium
Tyre Compounds 2018
DRS Zones T18 - 1
Key Overtaking Opportunities T1 / 11

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