2014 FORMULA 1 JAPANESE GRAND PRIX
Suzuka, October 3 - 5

Race Information

Japan, Suzuka

October 5 | 15:00 local time, 8:00 CET

Regarded as one of the best drivers circuits in the world, Suzuka first hosted a Grand Prix in 1987 and the iconic figure-of-eight circuit presents the drivers and engineers with a real challenge; a series of fast sweeping corners with few braking zones. Like Barcelona, it is a track where a good well balanced car really stands out. It is often a dramatic race and the chances of a safety car are relatively high at 60%. Among many highlights here over the years are the duels between Alain Prost and Ayrton Senna in 1989 and 1990, where the pair collided to decide the outcome of both year’s championships. Kimi Raikkonen’s victory in 2005, starting from 17th place on the grid, is another classic, with his last lap pass on Giancarlo Fisichella.  Sebastian Vettel has won this race four times, with Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button both victorious here in the last decade.

 

 

Circuit length 5.807 km
Race distance 307.471 km
Laps 53
2013 winner Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull)

Race Strategy Briefing

The UBS F1 Race Strategy Briefing infographic is the all you need to know guide about the Formula 1® race in Suzuka, Japan.

Race strategy has been the decisive factor at Suzuka on many occasions. Last year the Red Bull drivers ganged up on Lotus' Romain Grosjean and beat him by splitting strategies, with Sebastian Vettel doing two stops and Mark Webber three. Despite being a high speed circuit, Suzuka is not the easiest track on which to overtake but DRS certainly helps. Pirelli is once again bringing the medium and hard tyres, so timing stops is crucial to not leave too many laps in the final stint and risk losing performance.

In collaboration with James Allen