Tech Talk: Suzuka

Tech Talk: Suzuka

Paddy Lowe, Executive Director (Technical)
Malaysia was a bitter pill to swallow. We let Lewis down in a big way. We are continuing to investigate the issue with his engine are doing everything we can to ensure that it is first understood and then contained for the remainder of the season. As it stands, despite the failure of this engine, Lewis now has the same stock of Power Units as Nico for the remaining five races – including used Power Units which he can fit for free practice sessions. So, hopefully there will be no further impact to his programme. Looking ahead to Suzuka, we have the same tyre compound allocation as nominated for Malaysia with the Hard, Medium and Soft. However, this is a very different race track to Sepang. It’s one of the most demanding circuits of the season for the handling of a car, with many drivers also considering it one of the most demanding of driver skill. There are some quite tricky lines and sequences to get right – particularly the ‘Esses’ and the famous ‘130R’ corner. Japan has some of the most enthusiastic fans that we see in the entire season and we really look forward to the incredible welcome that they give to the teams. Their passion for the sport is fantastic to see, so we hope to put on a great race. History has not often failed us in that respect at this iconic circuit, so it should be an exciting weekend ahead.

2016 Japanese Grand Prix Timetable

Session Local Time (JPT) Brackley (BST) Stuttgart (CEST)
Practice 1 10:00 – 11:30 02:00 – 03:30 03:00 – 04:30
Practice 2 14:00 – 15:30 06:00 – 07:30 07:00 – 08:30
Practice 3 12:00 – 13:00 04:00 – 05:00 05:00 – 06:00
Qualifying 15:00 – 16:00 07:00 – 08:00 08:00 – 09:00
Race 14:00 – 16:00 06:00 – 08:00 07:00– 09:00 Forecast (Accurate as of Tuesday 04 October)

Day Temperature Conditions Precipitation Wind Humidity
Thursday 14 – 25°C Sunny 10% 18mph NW 69%
Friday 19 – 22°C Rain 70% 8mph ESE 67%
Saturday 20 – 24°C Rain 90% 6mph E 92%
Sunday 15 – 23°C Rain 70% 11mph NW 85%

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