- Scuderia Ferrari Prepares For Japan GP
- Iconic Race Circuit For Scuderia Ferrari
- Heavy Rain Predicted Throughout Free Practice
- 53 Laps For Japan GP
Formula 1 enters the latter stages of an exciting season that has given fans the championship fight that they desired and a season that has reignited a series of rivalries up and down the paddock – Mercedes vs Scuderia Ferrari vs Red Bull Racing.
The ‘land of the rising sun’, Suzuka hosts the Formula 1 show this weekend with Scuderia Ferrari back in action and hoping for a much improved team performance in Round 16. Motorsport pundits have not thrown the towel in on the drivers championship with 150 points still to race for, its far from over and we predict this seasons championship going down to the season finale Abu Dhabi GP.
Suzuka has welcomed Scuderia Ferrari for over 30 years and has been a favourite for the team and Tifosi alike. It boasts 18 differing corners that test the driver’s skill whilst they navigate the 5.807 km track and prepare to cover over 307 km for the Japan GP on Sunday. Any Formula 1 driver will feel the hairs stand on their neck speaking of the famous 130R corner in Suzuka – cars will go full throttle and reach speeds in excess of 300 kph, mind-blowing speeds! (Does anyone remember Alonso vs Schumacher?)
The Japan GP in numbers.
Here are the key numbers for Round 16 and the Japan GP, this Sunday:
53 – laps make up this Sunday’s Japan GP.
5.807 km – The length of each lap around the Suzuka Circuit.
307.47 km – is the total race distance.
1:31.540 – Current lap record set in 2005 by Kimi Raikkonen.
Scuderia Ferrari continues their aggressive approach for their race strategy in Japan and has chosen the Supersoft tyre as the favourable choice for both Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen, but both drivers have opted for different strategies.
Available for Sebastian this weekend are 7 sets of the Supersoft tyre, 5 sets of the Soft compound and then 1 set of the Medium tyre. Meanwhile, his teammate Kimi has selected 7 sets of the Supersoft tyre, 4 sets of the Soft tyre and 2 sets of the Medium tyre to help score a podium.
Now all eyes will be on Free Practice to test out the wider tyres on the Suzuka Circuit.
We’ve analysed the track and identified several key points that are of interest for Tifosi. It starts with the circuit’s unique figure of 8 layout that poses many challenges to drivers due to its narrow track compared to modern day circuits.
The famous ‘S’ curve that all drivers love, snakes it’s way up to the top of the hill before taking on corners 6,7 and 8 before racing under the bridge towards the hair-pin. Drivers will need to apex late to help maximize the exit back up the hill towards a very fast sector 3, which includes ‘Spoon curve’ and the hair-raising 130R. Finally, it’s the tricky ‘Z chicane’, which is overlooked by the famous Ferris wheel as cars zoom towards the line.
The race weekend’s weather may set the tone. There’s certain rain forecast for Free Practice 1 and 2, which will give the teams the possibility of testing the Cinturato Intermediate and Wet tyres – all in favour of collecting valuable data. As the teams go in to Qualifying, there could be unsettled conditions that could mix up the grid for Sunday’s Japan GP. Temperatures will soar on race day and blue skies are set to beam across the Suzuka Circuit.
You won’t want to miss the on-track and off-track action, so join the Kaspersky Motorsport Paddock for all the conversations from the Suzuka Circuit for Round 16.