The 2016 Formula 1 World Championship continues this weekend with its round 17. One of Formula One’s most historic circuit-‘Suzuka International Racing Curcuit will host the 2016 Japanese GP.
2016 Japanese GP – ‘Suzuka International Racing Course’ – History and Circuit Details
‘Suzuka International Racing Course’ first hosted the Japanese GP in 1987. The track layout has been changed multiple times, with the latest change coming in 2003. Degner (turn 8), 130R (turn 14), Spoon curve (turn 13) are among the most famous corners of the circuit. Throughout the years this track witnessed many title-deciding races. Suzuka circuit has also been the scene of the tragedy. Jules Bianchi, one of Formula One's rising stars, died after 9 months after his crash at Suzuka in 2014.
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Japanese GP – Records
Location: Suzuka, Mie Prefecture, Japan
No. of Turns: 17
No. of Laps: 53
Circuit Length: 5.807 km
Race Distance: 307.573 km
DRS Zones: 2
Fastest corner: 300 km/h, turn 15
Slowest corner: 72 km/h, turn 11
Gear changes per lap: 42
Most wins (all-time): Michael Schumacher (6)
Most wins (among the current drivers): Sebastian Vettel (4)
Fastest lap during race: 1:31.540 (Kimi Raikkonen in 2005 for McLaren)
Fastest lap during qualifying: 1:29.599 (Rubens Barrichello in 2006 for Ferrari)
Japanese GP – Famous races
James Hunt finished 3rd and won the most closely fought and dramatic 1976 Formula 1 Championship, beating Nikki Lauda by just 1 point.
In 1989, championship leader Alain Prost and Ayrton Senna collided. Prost retired while Senna went on to win the race but later he was disqualified, handing Prost his 3rd title. The following year, the duo collided again at Suzuka but this time it was Senna who won the title.
After qualifying 17th, Kimi Raikkonen won the race by overtaking race leader Giancarlo Fisichella on the last lap.
Japanese GP – Team guide
After Lewis Hamilton’s engine failure at the Malaysian GP, teammate Nico Rosberg leads the championship by 23 points. Hamilton, however, has won the Japanese GP twice while Rosberg is yet to win on this track.
HAM: "I feel good. Ready to get going. I haven't been thinking about the last race. I have a lot of other stuff going on" pic.twitter.com/uA06vcipuq
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Sebastian Vettel, who has been given a 3 place grid penalty for causing a collision at the Malaysian GP, is the most successful active driver with 4 wins while Fernando Alonso, Kimi Raikkonen and Jenson Button have each won the Japanese GP once.
RAI (on finishing 3rd in the championship): "We’re here to fight for wins. Anything less than winning is not why we’re here" pic.twitter.com/mNfPeIZERc
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Force India will hoping for another double point finish to tighten their grip on the 4th place.
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Japanese GP – 2015
Pole: Nico Rosberg, 1:32.584
Podium: 1. Lewis Hamilton
2. Nico Rosberg
3. Sebastian Vettel
Fastest lap: Lewis Hamilton, 1:36.145
Hamilton’s tyre Strategy: 2 stop (lap 16 and 32)
Soft, Medium, Hard, Intermediate and Wet.
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Friday – Cloudy, high 25°C/ low 15 °C
Saturday – Cloudy with periodic rain, high 24 °C/ low 17 °C
Sunday – Cloudy with periodic rain, high 25 °C/ low 17 °C
2016 Jananese GP – Schedule (IST)
Friday – 7 October, 2016 – Practice 1 – 6:30 am & Practice 2 – 10:30 am
Saturday – 8 October, 2016 – Practice 3 – 8:30 am & Qualifying – 11:30 am
Sunday – 9 October, 2016 – Main Race – 10:30 am