JAPANESE GP PREVIEW

SUZUKA INTERNATIONAL RACING COURSE

Lap record 1:31.540 (KIMI RÄIKKÖNEN 2005)
First Grand Prix 1987
Number of laps 53
Last year’s winner Nico Rosberg

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Driver Quotes (F1.com):

Daniel Ricciardo
“I have always loved Suzuka circuit, it’s tough for a driver and a proper racer’s track. The whole first sector is great fun and there is so much time to be gained there with the right set-up. Saying that, I think the last chicane is the most difficult corner on the track because you have to brake from such high speeds and really attack the car on the kerbs.”

Pierre Gasly
“As I am racing in Japan this year, I first came to Suzuka this winter, for some Super Formula series testing. It wasn’t much, just two half days. Then I had the first round of the season here. It’s a really impressive circuit, with some incredible high speed parts and the fantastic first sector. It is now one of my favourite tracks, even though it also has a sad place in my heart because of what happened to Jules (Bianchi) in 2014.”

Felipe Massa
“As I am racing in Japan this year, I first came to Suzuka this winter, for some Super Formula series testing. It wasn’t much, just two half days. Then I had the first round of the season here. It’s a really impressive circuit, with some incredible high speed parts and the fantastic first sector. It is now one of my favourite tracks, even though it also has a sad place in my heart because of what happened to Jules (Bianchi) in 2014.”

Timings (BST):

FP1 6th October 02:00 – 03:30
FP2 6th October 06:00 – 07:30
FP3 7th October 04:00 – 05:00
QUALIFYING 7th October 07:00 – 08:00
RACE 8th October 06:00 – 08:00

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