- Circuit type Race
- Circuit Length 4.563kms
- Circuit Turns 16
- Circuit Direction Clockwise
|First race||Japanese Grand Prix||October 24, 1976||Mario Andretti (USA)||full results|
|Last race||Japanese Grand Prix||October 12, 2008||Fernando Alonso (ESP)||full results|
No circuit offers a better backdrop, with the perfect volcanic cone of Mount Fuji rising clear of the forests below. Used only twice by the World Championship, it offered an unusually long start/finish straight fed out of a long, long corner and then coming to an end in a hairpin, making overtaking more than likely. Rain could hit hard, though, and it did in 1976, all but washing the cars off the track. Two chicanes have since spoiled its shape, but this wonderful track is still in use today.
Reproduced from The Ultimate Encyclopedia of Formula One published by Carlton Books