Nowhere does adrenaline-fuelled, brightly-coloured madness quite like Suzuka. Designed by Dutchman John Hugenholtz in the 1960s as a test track for Honda, the original drawings saw the track pass over and under itself a full three times. The first sector is considered one of the most challenging tests a driver can face. The snaking corners of the Esses demanding maximum speed and no rest in concentration. And a dynamic track will always yield dynamic results.
Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel are both tied with four wins at the Japanese circuit, although all of Vettel’s victories came in quick succession between 2009-2013 for Red Bull. The German has yet to take a chequered flag in a Ferrari and last year, his bid for an historic fifth title was well and truly buried in Japan following a retirement after four laps to gift Hamilton a 59-point advantage.
Join us for the latest updates and results from the Suzuka Circuit, as the first practice session for the 2018 Japanese Grand Prix is about to get underway, with Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen at the wheel of the SF71H, ready to evaluate the ideal set-up ahead of the qualifying session and the race on Sunday.