Japanese Grand Prix

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Flag of Japan.svg Japanese Grand Prix
Suzuka International Racing Course
Circuit Suzuka.png
Track information
Laps 53
Circuit length 5.807 km
Race length 307.471 km
Lap record (qualifying) 1:27.064 (2019)
Germany Sebastian Vettel
Italy Ferrari
Lap record (race) 1:30.983 (2019)
United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton
Germany Mercedes

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]

Winners[change | change source]

Multiple winners (drivers)[change | change source]

Wins Driver Years won
6 Germany Michael Schumacher 1995, 1997, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2004
5 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton 2007, 2014, 2015, 2017, 2018
4 Germany Sebastian Vettel 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013
2 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

Multiple winners (constructors)[change | change source]

Wins Constructor Years won
9 United Kingdom McLaren 1977, 1988, 1991, 1993, 1998, 1999, 2005, 2007, 2011
7 Italy Ferrari 1987, 1997, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004
6 Germany Mercedes 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
4 Austria Red Bull 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013
3 United Kingdom Benetton 1989, 1990, 1995
United Kingdom Williams 1992, 1994, 1996
2 France Renault 2006, 2008

By year[change | change source]

Year Race title Driver Constructor Track
1976 Japanese Grand Prix United States Mario Andretti United Kingdom Lotus-Ford Fuji Speedway
1977 Japanese Grand Prix United Kingdom James Hunt United Kingdom McLaren-Ford Fuji Speedway
1978

1986
Not held
1987 Fuji Television Japanese Grand Prix Austria Gerhard Berger Italy Ferrari Suzuka International Racing Course
1988 Fuji Television Japanese Grand Prix Brazil Ayrton Senna United Kingdom McLaren-Honda Suzuka International Racing Course
1989 Fuji Television Japanese Grand Prix Italy Alessandro Nannini United Kingdom Benetton-Ford Suzuka International Racing Course
1990 Fuji Television Japanese Grand Prix Brazil Nelson Piquet United Kingdom Benetton-Ford Suzuka International Racing Course
1991 Fuji Television Japanese Grand Prix Austria Gerhard Berger United Kingdom McLaren-Honda Suzuka International Racing Course
1992 Fuji Television Japanese Grand Prix Italy Riccardo Patrese United Kingdom Williams-Renault Suzuka International Racing Course
1993 Fuji Television Japanese Grand Prix Brazil Ayrton Senna United Kingdom McLaren-Ford Suzuka International Racing Course
1994 Fuji Television Japanese Grand Prix United Kingdom Damon Hill United Kingdom Williams-Renault Suzuka International Racing Course
1995 Fuji Television Japanese Grand Prix Germany Michael Schumacher United Kingdom Benetton-Renault Suzuka International Racing Course
1996 Fuji Television Japanese Grand Prix United Kingdom Damon Hill United Kingdom Williams-Renault Suzuka International Racing Course
1997 Fuji Television Japanese Grand Prix Germany Michael Schumacher Italy Ferrari Suzuka International Racing Course
1998 Fuji Television Japanese Grand Prix Finland Mika Häkkinen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes Suzuka International Racing Course
1999 Fuji Television Japanese Grand Prix Finland Mika Häkkinen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes Suzuka International Racing Course
2000 Fuji Television Japanese Grand Prix Germany Michael Schumacher Italy Ferrari Suzuka International Racing Course
2001 Fuji Television Japanese Grand Prix Germany Michael Schumacher Italy Ferrari Suzuka International Racing Course
2002 Fuji Television Japanese Grand Prix Germany Michael Schumacher Italy Ferrari Suzuka International Racing Course
2003 Fuji Television Japanese Grand Prix Brazil Rubens Barrichello Italy Ferrari Suzuka International Racing Course
2004 Fuji Television Japanese Grand Prix Germany Michael Schumacher Italy Ferrari Suzuka International Racing Course
2005 Fuji Television Japanese Grand Prix Finland Kimi Räikkönen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes Suzuka International Racing Course
2006 Fuji Television Japanese Grand Prix Spain Fernando Alonso France Renault Suzuka International Racing Course
2007 Fuji Television Japanese Grand Prix United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes Fuji Speedway
2008 Fuji Television Japanese Grand Prix Spain Fernando Alonso France Renault Fuji Speedway
2009 Fuji Television Japanese Grand Prix Germany Sebastian Vettel Austria Red Bull-Renault Suzuka International Racing Course
2010 Japanese Grand Prix Germany Sebastian Vettel Austria Red Bull-Renault Suzuka International Racing Course
2011 Japanese Grand Prix United Kingdom Jenson Button United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes Suzuka International Racing Course
2012 Japanese Grand Prix Germany Sebastian Vettel Austria Red Bull-Renault Suzuka International Racing Course
2013 Japanese Grand Prix Germany Sebastian Vettel Austria Red Bull-Renault Suzuka International Racing Course
2014 Japanese Grand Prix United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Germany Mercedes Suzuka International Racing Course
2015 Japanese Grand Prix United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Germany Mercedes Suzuka International Racing Course
2016 Emirates Japanese Grand Prix Germany Nico Rosberg Germany Mercedes Suzuka International Racing Course
2017 Japanese Grand Prix United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Germany Mercedes Suzuka International Racing Course
2018 Honda Japanese Grand Prix United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Germany Mercedes Suzuka International Racing Course
2019 Japanese Grand Prix Finland Valtteri Bottas Germany Mercedes Suzuka International Racing Course
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