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Japanese GP

Date: 13 Oct 2013

Japanese GP
Circuit Name Suzuka (Suzuka)
Type of Circuit Permanent
Inaugurated 1962
Circuit Length 5.807 km
Race Distance 307.471 km
Number of Laps 53
Total Number of Turns 18
Right-Hand Turns 10
Left-Hand Turns 8
Direction of the Circuit Clockwise
Lap Record 1:31.540 – Kimi Raikkonen (2005)
2012 Fastest Race Lap 1:35.774 – Sebastian Vettel
2012 Pole Position 1:30.839 – Sebastian Vettel
2012 Race Winner Sebastian Vettel

The Suzuka Circuit was designed as a test track for Honda Motor Company in 1962 by Dutch architect John Hugenholtz. At first it was used for the development of cars but, little by little, it started hosting competitive races until it celebrated its first Japanese Grand Prix in 1987. It is a very quick and technical circuit where downforce and tyre conservation are important elements. Suzuka is unique since it is shaped in the form of an eight and, therefore, is the only track in the championship to go anti-clockwise and clockwise in a same lap. The Japanese circuit has two of the most demanding turns on the calendar: the 130R, a 130 metre radius turn taken at speeds of over 300km/h, and the Spoon Curve.