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.