Saturday, September 27, 2014

Japanese GP: Circuit Preview

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As we head into the next round of the 2014 season, it's time to take a look at the circuit the drivers will be racing at!

The 'Suzuka International Racing Course' is located in Suzuka, Japan and is the last race in Asia for the year. The drivers have already been to China, Malaysia and Singapore this year. Japan is their last stop in Asia before they head to the new Sochi circuit in Russia.

The Suzuka circuit originally opened in 1962, but didn't host it's first F1 race until many years later. The layout has undergone many different changes over the years and the current one is 3.609 miles in length and has 17 turns. It runs Clockwise and has a capacity of 155,000. That gives plenty of seating options for F1 fans!

The race itself runs 53 laps and is packed full of tight turns and quick corners. The tyre wear level is high, so pit-stop strategies will have to be planned just right in order for a good race result.

Let's just go over what happened last year.

Mark Webber, who announced he'd be retiring at the end of the year, started on Pole Position. Unlucky enough, he didn't win the race, but instead, it was his team-mate, Sebastian Vettel, who was continuing his winning-streak.

While Webber scored Second, Romain Grosjean found himself in Third, making the Lotus driver one of the main talking points at the end of the year.

Retirements included: Lewis Hamilton, Giedo Van Der Garde, and Jules Bianchi, all due to collision damage. 

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Article Written By: Amy Hawk.
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