The Suzuka International Racing Course, located in Suzuka City, Japan, is a motor racing circuit and host to the Formula One Japanese Grand Prix. Also home to the FIM Endurance World Championship, the Suzuka 8 Hours, Super GT and the 1000km Suzuka, the circuit is highly regarding among the motorsports world.
Originally constructed in 1962 as a Honda test track, the Suzuka International Racing Course is one of the few circuits which follow the figure of eight format. It is one of the oldest circuits to form the Formula One World Championship, and normally falling towards of the end of the series, has often been host of the deciding Grand Prix for the World Championship.
The Suzuka International Racing course held its first Japanese Grand Prix in 1987, and other than 2007 and 2008, has been host to the event since then. In 1976 – the first Japanese Grand Prix 1977, 2008 and 2009, the race was held at the Fuji Speedway Racetrack, while between the years 1978 and 1986 the Japanese Grand Prix did not take place.
The Suzuka International Racing Course itself is 5.807 kilometres long, with 17 turns, and has its own theme park with the famous big wheel towering over the venues skyline. One of the distinguishing features of the Suzuka International Racing Course is the 130R turn – incredibly fast, and incredibly dangerous.
The fastest lap record the circuit has seen is 1.31.540, which was set by Kimi Räikkönen in 2005, racing with McLaren. The largest number of Japanese Grand Prix wins by a driver is six, which was set by Michael Schumacher, and eight for a constructor, set by McLaren.
The 2010 F1 World Championship Season
Grand Prix Name: Japanese Grand Prix
Race Date: 8th October – 10th October 2010
Round Number: Sixteen
Number Of Laps: 53