The 2018 Japanese Grand Prix will be held at the famous Suzuka Circuit, which has been hosting his race since 2009.
The Track – Suzuka Circuit
The current version of the track came into existence in 2003, featuring 18 turns, along with two long straights. The famous S-curve, along with iconic overpass section make the race track one-of-kind, giving 155,000 fans spectacular racing action.
The 5.807 km long circuit is one of the few race tracks in the world that feature a figure-8 configuration, and is often deemed by many as one of the challenging circuits in the Formula One calendar.
Mario Andretti won the inaugural Japanese Grand Prix at the Fuji Speedway in 1976. Ferrari’s Gerhard Berger won the first race that was held at the Suzuka Circuit in 1987.
Drivers from Japan
The current Formula One grid does not feature any Japanese Formula One drivers. Kamui Kobayashi, Kazuki Nakajima and Takumi Sato are the most recent and the most prominent Japanese drivers to feature in Formula One.
Most successful drivers
Michael Schumacher is the most successful Formula 1 driver with six wins to his name. Following him, are Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel and Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton, both of whom have won the Japanese Grand Prix four times.
Latest from the Japanese Grand Prix
With a comprehensive win at the Russian Grand Prix, Lewis Hamilton has one hand on the title and only needs a consistent drive at the Suzuka Circuit to cement his place at the top of the table.
His closest rival, Sebastian Vettel, on the other hand, has all to do to turn the tide. Only a miracle can swing the title in the German driver’s favour.
Look at the recent history, Mercedes claimed the top stop in every race since 2014, and is likely that the Silver Arrows are headed towards another victory at the Japanese Grand Prix. Moreover, Lewis Hamilton won the race from pole position in 2017.