Suzuka circuit information

Romain Grosjean, Lotus, Suzuka, 2012Suzuka was originally built by Honda as a test track and opened in 1962. Twenty-five years later it welcomed the Formula One world championship for the first time, albeit with a few revisions to the course to improve safety including the construction of a chicane in front of what had been a very fast final corner.

The unique crossover layout won favour among the drivers and was the scene for many championship-deiciding races at the end of the season in the eighties and nineties.

Partly because of the compact nature of the layout few changes have been made to its configuration. The final chicane went through some revisions and the daunting 130R corner that precedes was reprofiled in 2003 after Allan McNish was fortunate to survive a huge crash during qualifying the year before which punched a hole in the barrier.

Following a two-year absence from the calendar when Toyota’s Fuji Speedway took over as the host of the Japanese Grand Prix, Suzuka returned to the F1 schedule in 2009.

Lap data
Lap length 5.807km (3.608 miles)
Race laps 53
Race distance 307.471km (191.054 miles)
Pole position Left-hand side of the track
Lap record* 1’31.540 (228.372 kph) by Kimi Raikkonen, 2005
Fastest lap 1’28.954 (235.011 kph) by Michael Schumacher, 2006
Maximum speed 314kph (195.11 mph)
DRS zone/s (race) Pit straight
Distance from grid to turn one 545m
Car performance
Full throttle 70%
Longest flat-out section 994m
Downforce level Medium
Gear changes per lap 48
Fuel use per lap 2.8kg
Time penalty per lap of fuel 0.112s
Strategy
Quickest complete pit stop in 2012 19.794s by McLaren (see full list)
2013 prime tyre**: Hard (2012: Hard)
2013 option tyre**: Medium (2012: Soft)

*Fastest lap set during a Grand Prix
**Pirelli’s compounds are softer than those used in 2012

Data sources: FIA, Williams, Mercedes

Video lap of Suzuka

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YpeG2WbpJT0

Suzuka circuit diagram

2013 Japanese Grand Prix track map

Suzuka Circuit pictures