F1: Ferrari (NYSE:RACE) the Japanese Grand Prix This Weekend
- 2018 F1 Japanese Grand Prix 30th Anniversary
Suzuka, the most popular race track + the most copied
Concerns about Typhoon Trami, which has caused serious damage in Japan, have now faded. The days leading up to the Grand Prix have been beautifully Sunny, with temperatures reminiscent of late Summer. However, the forecast says more rain is on the way, in bursts that could last until just before Saturday’s qualifying runs.
The Scuderia Team flew to Japan directly from Russia.
It is exciting to see the Suzuka International Circuit come to life daily, as the families bringing their children to enjoy the amusement park mingle closely with the F1 fans, who are truly unique in terms of their passion for F1 racing.
Ask any F1 driver, and the Scuderia Ferrari duo are no exceptions, to list their 3 favorite tracks, and they will include Suzuka. The circuit was designed in Y 1962 by John Hugenholz, as a test track for Honda Motors.
It is a modular design, allowing for a variety of configurations and lengths according to the type of racing.
The 5.807 km-long Grand Prix layout is definitely the best known, with a run of corners that follow one another without pausing for breath make up the double uphill esses, which have inspired more modern facilities such as the circuit in Austin, Texas.
There is not much heavy braking, top speeds reach 330 Km/h, even if there are no long straights and overtaking is not easy, while the drivers can never stop working. It is a track where finding a good rhythm and having good aero balance are the Keys to success at Suzuka.
The Japanese Grand Prix will be shown live on TV by the following outlets in other key markets:
United States: ESPN (English), Univision (Spanish)
Canada: RDS (French), TSN (English)
Australia: Fox Sports
France: Canal +
Italy: Sky Sport F1
Spain: Movistar F1
The start times for the Japanese Grand Prix are as follows:
FP1: Friday, 5 October, 1000 local time (0200 BST)
FP2: Friday, 5 October 5, 1400 local time (0600 BST)
FP3: Saturday, October, 1200 local time (0400 BST)
Qualifying: Saturday, 6 October, 1500 local time (0700 BST)
Race: Sunday October 7, 1410 local time (0610 BST)
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