Formula 1 now hurries off to the Suzuka circuit in Japan for the last of a trio of Asiatic races, following on from Singapore three weeks ago and Sepang last Sunday.
The first Grands Prix held in the Land of the Rising Sun took place in 1976 and 1977 at the Fuji circuit, which made a brief two year return to the calendar in 2007 and 2008.
All the others, since 1987, have been held at the Suzuka Circuit, originally built as a test track and equally famous for its amusement park. It is unique on the calendar in having a figure of eight layout. It boasts a variety of corner types, which makes it one of the most technical as well as being much loved by the drivers.
As in Malaysia a few days ago, the Hard, Medium and Soft tyres will be used, although the weather forecast is for rain.
“I don’t know if it’s one of my favorite circuits, but it’s a good one” is Kimi Raikkonen’s view of the Japanese track. “It’s a challenging circuit where if your car is not handling as you want, it’s not a nice place where to be because it’s fast and very difficult to get everything running as you want."
"This is a nice circuit where to drive and where you can push because it’s fast. There are quite a few chances to overtake. It depends on how much fast you are, on what the guy in front of you does. But, there is always a chance. I like the food and have a lot of fans there and they are very passionate about F1. So, it’s an interesting place where to go.”