Japanese Grand Prix

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Flag of Japan.svg Japanese Grand Prix
Suzuka Circuit
Circuit Suzuka.png
Race information
Laps 53
Circuit length 5.807 km (3.608 mi)
Race length 307.573 km (191.117 mi)
Number of times held 36
First held 1963, First F1-1976
Most wins (drivers) Italy Michael Schumacher (6)
Most wins (constructors) United Kingdom McLaren (8)
Last race (2010):
Pole position Sebastian Vettel
Red Bull-Renault
1:30.785
Podium 1. Germany Sebastian Vettel
Red Bull-Renault
1h 30m 27.3231s
2. Australia Mark Webber
Red Bull-Renault
+0.905s
3. Spain Fernando Alonso
Ferrari
+2.721s
Fastest lap Australia Mark Webber
Red Bull-Renault
1:33.474

The Japanese Grand Prix is a race the FIA Formula One World Championship calendar. Usually, this race is one of the last races of the season.

The Japanese Grand Prix has been hosted by both the Fuji Speedway and the Suzuka Circuit. Fuji Speedway is owned by Toyota and Suzuka Circuit is owned by their rival Honda. In July 2009, Toyota announced it would not host the race at Fuji Speedway in 2010 and beyond due to a downturn in the global economy.[1]

History[change | change source]

Inaugural races[change | change source]

The first Formula 1 Japanese Grand Prix, in 1976, was held at the Fuji Speedway, west of Yokohama. The race was to become famous for the battle between James Hunt and Niki Lauda for the championship. The race was held during monsoon rain conditions. Lauda had survived a near-fatal crash at the German Grand Prix earlier in the season. He withdrew from the Japanese Grand Prix fearing for his safety. Hunt finished third, and ended up winning championship by a margin of one point.

Hunt returned to win the second Japanese Grand Prix. There was a collision between Gilles Villeneuve and Ronnie Peterson in the race. Villeneuve's Ferrari flew off the track and killed two spectators.[2] The Japanese Grand Prix did not return to Formula One for another decade.

Return to Japan at Suzuka[change | change source]

Formula One returned to Japan in 1987. This time, it was hosted by the Suzuka Circuit, south west of Nagoya. The circuit was set inside a amusement park, and owned by Honda. Honda used the circuit as a test track. The Suzuka circuit was the first figure-eight race track in F1. One section of the track passes over the other on a bridge.

Alternating between Suzuka and Fuji[change | change source]

The FIA announced on 24 March 24 2006 that future races will again be held at Fuji Speedway. Fuji had been redesigned by Hermann Tilke.[3].

Formula One announced On 8 September 2007, that Fuji will alternate hosting the Japanese Grand Prix with Suzuka. This will start in 2009.[4]

Fuji Speedway withdraws[change | change source]

In July 2009, Toyota cited a global economic slump as the reason that the Japanese Grand Prix would not return to Fuji Speedway in 2010 and beyond. The speedway argued, according to the Associated Press, that "continuing to host F1 races could threaten the survival of the company." As a result, the 2010 Grand Prix will be held at Suzuka.[5]

Sponsors[change | change source]

Fuji Television Japanese Grand Prix 1987-2009

Winners of the Japanese Grand Prix[change | change source]

Repeat winners (drivers)[change | change source]

Number of wins Driver Years
6 Germany Michael Schumacher 1995, 1997, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2004
2 Japan Motoharu Kurosawa 1969, 1973
Austria Gerhard Berger 1987, 1991
Brazil Ayrton Senna 1988, 1993
United Kingdom Damon Hill 1994, 1996
Finland Mika Häkkinen 1998, 1999
Spain Fernando Alonso 2006, 2008
Germany Sebastian Vettel 2009, 2010

Active drivers are in bold.
Event that were not part of the Formula One World Championship have a pink background.

Repeat winners (constructors)[change | change source]

# of wins Constructor Years won
8 United Kingdom McLaren 1977, 1988, 1991, 1993, 1998, 1999, 2005, 2007
7 Italy Ferrari 1987, 1997, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004
3 United Kingdom Benetton 1989, 1990, 1995
United Kingdom Williams 1992, 1994, 1996
2 Germany Porsche 1964, 1967
Japan Nissan 1968, 1969
United Kingdom Lotus 1963, 1976
France Renault 2006, 2008
Austria Red Bull 2009, 2010

Active teams are in bold.
Event that were not part of the Formula One World Championship have a pink background.

By year[change | change source]

Year Driver Constructor Location
2010 Germany Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault Suzuka
2009 Germany Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault Suzuka
2008 Spain Fernando Alonso Renault Fuji
2007 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes Fuji
2006 Spain Fernando Alonso Renault Suzuka
2005 Finland Kimi Räikkönen McLaren-Mercedes Suzuka
2004 Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari Suzuka
2003 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Ferrari Suzuka
2002 Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari Suzuka
2001 Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari Suzuka
2000 Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari Suzuka
1999 Finland Mika Häkkinen McLaren-Mercedes Suzuka
1998 Finland Mika Häkkinen McLaren-Mercedes Suzuka
1997 Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari Suzuka
1996 United Kingdom Damon Hill Williams-Renault Suzuka
1995 Germany Michael Schumacher Benetton-Renault Suzuka
1994 United Kingdom Damon Hill Williams-Renault Suzuka
1993 Brazil Ayrton Senna McLaren-Ford Suzuka
1992 Italy Riccardo Patrese Williams-Renault Suzuka
1991 Austria Gerhard Berger McLaren-Honda Suzuka
1990 Brazil Nelson Piquet Benetton-Ford Suzuka
1989 Italy Alessandro Nannini Benetton-Ford Suzuka
1988 Brazil Ayrton Senna McLaren-Honda Suzuka
1987 Austria Gerhard Berger Ferrari Suzuka
1986

1978
Not held
1977 United Kingdom James Hunt McLaren-Ford Fuji
1976 United States Mario Andretti Lotus-Ford Fuji
1976 France Jacques Laffite BMW Fuji
1975 Japan Masahiro Hasemi March Fuji
1974 Not held
1973 Japan Motoharu Kurosawa March Fuji
1972 United Kingdom John Surtees Surtees Fuji
1971 Japan Kuniomi Nagamatsu Mitsubishi Fuji
1970 Not held
1969 Japan Motoharu Kurosawa Nissan Fuji
1968 Japan Moto Kitano Nissan Fuji
1967 Japan Tetsu Ikuzawa Porsche Fuji
1966 Japan Yoshikazu Sunako Prince Fuji
1965 Not held
1964 Japan Soukichi Shikiba Porsche Suzuka
1963 United Kingdom Peter Warr Lotus-Cosworth Suzuka

Event that were not part of the Formula One World Championship have a pink background.

References[change | change source]

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