- Circuit type Race
- Circuit Length 5.807kms
- Circuit Turns 17
- Capacity 100,000
- Established 1962
- Designer John Hugenholtz
|First race||Japanese Grand Prix||November 1, 1987||Gerhard Berger (AUT)||full results|
|Last race||Japanese Grand Prix||October 9, 2016||Nico Rosberg (GER)||full results|
Although unique is a much over-used word in F1, it can rightly be referred to Suzuka. Not only is the Japanese circuit the only one that crosses over itself, in a figure of eight format, but this fact means that it is also the only circuit that runs both clockwise and anti-clockwise. The grounds play host to a huge funfair, and the big wheel is prominent on the skyline.
Designed as a test track for the Honda Motor Company in 1962 by Dutchman John Hugenholtz, it was mainly used for vehicle development. After hosting numerous races in lower formulae Suzuka began its quest to host the Japanese Grand Prix, a feat it managed in 1987, when it took the honour away from Fuji, Toyota's test track. Although the grand prix returned to Fuji for 2007 and 2008 the race is now confirmed to take place at Suzuka till 2011.
An extremely fast and technical circuit, Suzuka is popular with drivers and spectators alike and has some notorious corners including Spoon Curve and 130R. The circuit closed for a year in 2008 in order to make revisions necessary for F1, it re-opened on April 12, 2009.
Claire Furnell November 2009