Japanese Grand Prix Suzuka Circuit
Japan’s Suzuka circuit is the venue for Round 16 of the 2010 FIA Formula One World Championship.
The second of three Asian venues in the final five Grands Prix, Suzuka is regarded as one of the greatest tests in Formula One. Its unique figure-of-eight layout and challenging curves, which include the famous “Dunlop Curve””Esses” and “130R”, make Suzuka one of the all time drivers’ favorite circuits. The high speeds achievable at Suzuka usually benefit cars with strong aerodynamic performance and good chassis balance, while the significant change in track elevation provides a real test of engine performance.
Suzuka was originally designed as a Honda test track in 1962 by John Hugenholtz, Suzuka is one of few circuits in the world to have a figure 8 layout using an overpass where the tracks would intersect and is the only Formula One Grand Prix circuit of this configuration.
Length of lap: 3.6 Miles (5.8km)
Lap record : 1:45.599 (Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari )
Number of Turns: 18 (10 RH, 8 LH)
Number of race laps: 53
Total race distance: 191.06 Miles (307.47km)
Pitlane speed limits: 60km/h during practice sessions; 100km/h during qualifying and race
Suzuka Circuit Layout
CHANGES TO THE CIRCUIT SINCE 2009
• A new 25mm negative kerb has replaced the existing kerb and the green concrete section on the exit of turns 8 and 14 has also been extended by 20 meters.
• The two sections of artificial grass around the outside of turn 14 have been joined by a further section of artificial grass.
• Additional artificial grass has been installed behind the kerb on the exit of turn 17 which extends twenty meters further than the existing section of green concrete.
• Conveyor belt has been fitted to all tyre barriers which did not have any before.