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2016 FORMULA 1 EMIRATES JAPANESE GRAND PRIX

Suzuka

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Suzuka International Racing Course

First Grand Prix

1987

Number
of Laps

53

Circuit Length

5.807KM

Race Distance

307.471KM

Lap
Record

1:31.540 by Kimi Räikkönen (2005)

Fri 07 Oct – Sun 09 Oct 2016

Practice 1
Fri
10:00 – 11:30
Practice 2
Fri
14:00 – 15:30
Practice 3
Sat
12:00 – 13:00
Qualifying
Sat
15:00 – 16:00
Race
Sun
14:00 – 16:00
Practice 1
Fri
10:00 – 11:30
Practice 3
Sat
12:00 – 13:00
Race
Sun
14:00 – 16:00
Practice 2
Fri
14:00 – 15:30
Qualifying
Sat
15:00 – 16:00

Japan

Suzuka

One of the greatest tracks used in Formula One racing today, Japan's Suzuka circuit is a massive test of car and driver ability.

Built by Honda as a test facility in 1962, the track was designed by Dutchman John Hugenholz, the Hermann Tilke of his day. A huge theme park was also constructed at the track, including the famous big wheel which dominates the Suzuka skyline.

In 1987, having hosted various sportscar and F2 races, and having lost out initially to Fuji in the race to host the Japanese Grand Prix, Honda's influence finally prevailed and the Grand Prix had a new Japanese home. And - 2007/8 aside - at Suzuka the race has stayed ever since, providing the scene for many nail-biting end-of-season deciders, including the now infamous collisions involving Alain Prost and Ayrton Senna. 

Such moments only added to Suzuka's appeal with fans, with the Grand Prix now attracting some of the most passionate and knowledgeable crowds in F1 racing.

The track has also become a favourite with drivers, featuring some of the F1 calendar's most challenging corners. Among the most popular are the high-speed 130R and the famous Spoon Curve. On top of this the circuit's figure-of-eight layout makes it unique in F1 racing.