Suzuka, preview – Norbert: “One of the most demanding race tracks in the world”

Suzuka, preview – Norbert: “One of the most demanding race tracks in the world”

The Japanese Grand Prix, Round 15 of the 2012 Formula One World Championship, takes place on Sunday 7 October at the 5.807 km figure-of-eight Suzuka circuit.

The run from pole to the first corner is 545 metres - among the top five values of the season. 10 of the circuit’s 18 corners are taken at between 170 kph and 270 kph - including the entire Esses.

Since the Japanese GP returned to Suzuka in 2009, every race featured has seen the Safety Car deployed.

For Ross, “Suzuka is a fantastic racing circuit, and the support that Formula One receives from the Japanese fans every year is so impressive. They really do love the sport and it’s always nice to see their enthusiasm as we arrive at the circuit every morning.

The track is a popular one with the drivers for its challenging layout, and Suzuka has seen some very exciting and decisive races over the years. For the team, we are looking forward to having more time to continue the ongoing work to optimise our new developments, and will be working hard to have a good weekend.”

“Suzuka is one of the most demanding race tracks in the world” says Norbert ahead of the Grand Prix weekend, and. “If you asked the drivers to rate it between one and ten, I’m sure that the average would be very close to ten.

The circuit is a classic: almost every corner is a challenge and the high-speed uphill Esses behind the pits provide a real benchmark for aerodynamic performance. The average lap speed is comparable to Silverstone and the engines spend over two-thirds of the lap distance at full throttle. Engine performance and driveability are important requirements in Suzuka in addition to good aerodynamics.”

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