Circuit layout: http://img29.imageshack.us/img29/6412/rsz1rszf1screenshot.png
Length: 5.580 km
Set outside downtown Hiroshima, the circuit was designed to present a challenge to even the most talented drivers. The lap begins with a long straightaway on the way to the first turn. The first three turns require full concentration and staying on the racing line is the key to success. The fourth turn is taken almost flat out, and leads on to a very short straightaway. Turns 5 and 6 are very similar to Suzuka’s turns 8 and 9, and the latter part is easy to overshoot. Turn 7, otherwise known as the Aguri Suzuki Corner, requires pinpoint accuracy and getting too much kerb is an easy mistake to make. Following the seventh turn is the Mansell Sweep, a turn on a hill, not quite as steep as Eau Rouge. As soon as you exit the Sweep, you have to brake hard for the ninth turn, a 90-degree bend where overtaking is a possibility. This corner leads you on to a pair of straightaways separated by a chicane in the middle. The chicane itself is taken in third gear and is very wide, making overtaking a possibility. Turn 11 is a medium-speed corner that is quickly followed by the thrilling, flat-out Turn 12. After this, another straightaway gives you a few seconds to catch your breath before heading in to a section inspired by Silverstone’s famous Maggots and Becketts S-curves. This twisty section makes up the last five turns of the track before heading back on to the pit straight to complete a lap of the Hiroshima Circuit.