The Japanese Grand Prix is one of the highlights of the Formula 1 season. The fans are passionate about motorsport and Suzuka Circuit is one of the most revered racetracks in the world. The circuit’s unique figure-of-eight layout places huge demands on the drivers, who feel the hand of history when they take to the track because it’s changed very little since it was designed and built in 1962.
The Suzuka Circuit is the only figure-of-eight configuration on the F1 calendar, with the section after the Degner Curves passing under the straight leading to 130R. Because of the crossover, it’s the only Formula One track that runs both clockwise and anticlockwise.
Scuderia Ferrari German driver Sebastian Vettel previews the next round of the 2019 Formula One season, the Japanese Grand Prix:
“Suzuka is probably my favourite circuit of the whole season. It is the only track in the championship that has a figure of eight layout and, in some ways, it reminds me of the sort of tracks we played on when I was a little kid. Except that there’s nothing kid-like about this circuit, given that it features thrilling corners like 130R and that sequence of esses in the first sector. The other thing that makes the Japanese Grand Prix special is the fans: they’re incredible! No matter how early you turn up at the track, they’re there before you, waiting for you. And the feeling they have for you is unique and wonderful to experience. Last but not least, the weather at Suzuka is always unpredictable which means all sorts of things can happen in the race, which makes it particularly complex but also fascinating.” – Scuderia Ferrari German driver Sebastian Vettel said, as reported earlier today by the Maranello team’s official website.