Suzuka weekend a total sell-out 07 Oct 2006
The combination of Michael Schumachers imminent retirement, a nail-biting championship duel and Suzukas last race for the foreseeable future has ensured that tickets for the Japanese Grand Prix are hot property - in fact, every day of the weekend has sold out.
On Friday there were 64,000 visitors - a record for the opening day - despite the inclement weather. On Saturday 120,000 turned out to see a thrilling qualifying session, while on Sunday 160,000 are due to attend to the race, which could in theory see Schumacher crowned champion for an eighth time.
Proof indeed that Japanese Formula One enthusiasts remain as fanatical as ever, as their Grand Prix prepares to switch to Fuji Speedway near Tokyo for 2007.