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PostSubject: F1 - 2012 JAPANESE GRAND PRIX - SUZUKA   Fri Oct 05, 2012 5:53 am

2012 FORMULA 1 JAPANESE GRAND PRIX

After street racing at night in Singapore; Formula 1 returns to a permanent course in daytime to a drivers favourite. The twisting and winding Suzuka Circuit will host the 2012 Formula 1 Japanese Grand Prix.

This 3.6 mile, 18 turn road course marks the fifteenth round on the 2012 FIA Formula 1 World Championship.





Although Japan was not on the Formula 1 calendar until 1976 at Fuji, the country held many non-Formula 1 Grand’s Prix with the majority of races being held at the Fuji circuit starting from 1963. The Japanese GP found a more permanent and stable home at Suzuka in 1987, and the circuit continued to host the race until 2006. In 2007 and 2008 F1 returned to the Fuji Speedway due to the track being owned by Toyota, but Fuji was no match for Suzuka in terms of circuit layout.

Fans were therefore pleased to hear that the race was returning to Suzuka in 2009 after Toyota citied “economic difficulties” as to why the race could no longer be held at its Fuji Speedway. Suzuka has some of the most spectacular and daunting corner sequences in the world, such as the ‘S’ curves in sector 1 where consistency and a smooth approach pay off in dividends. With such little run off and gravel traps at almost every corner, there really is little room for error at Suzuka.

Japanese Grand Prix fast facts

-Driving direction: Clockwise
-Average speed of lap: 136 mph
-Longest period full throttle: 1,230 metres (16 seconds)
-Pit straight length: 710 metres
-Full throttle percentage: 67 %
-Gear changes per lap: 42
-Highest g-force: 4.8 g
-Total race distance: 191 miles

Overtaking opportunities

Turn 1 is a possible passing opportunity, as brilliantly demonstrated by Raikkonen in 2005 when he overtook Fisichella going into turn 1 on the final lap. A car that is chasing another will try and make his rival take a compromised line through the Casino Triangle chicane, taken at just 55 mph, and then try and get a better exit to slipstream his rival along the pit straight and into turn 1. It will then be about the bravest drivers and who are prepared to brake the latest for the daunting high speed turn 1. Overtaking on the pit straight should be a more common sight than before, with the DRS activation zone running from the exit of the final chicane to the braking point for turn 1. The detection point for the dumping of drag comes after the 130R corner, meaning an opponent will have an opportunity to best position himself out of the turn 16/17 chicane to make best use of DRS.

The next passing opportunity comes at turn 11; the drivers will reach around 175 mph before braking to just 39 mph. This move has been done before but the drivers do turn left and then turn right – making passing a touch tricky here. After exiting these corners the cars will go flat out through turn 12 and will reach 185 mph before braking to around 110 mph for turn 13 – the Spoon Curve.

It is possible to pass here, however turn 13 is quite fast meaning out-braking a rival on this corner is difficult. The next and main passing opportunity comes at the sensational 130R corner, the drivers will reach around 195 mph before going through the 130R. Passing is possible here but a rival needs to be properly alongside to make a pass – as shown with Alonso passing Schumacher in 2005. The cars will then reach around 200 mph before braking to just 55 mph for the Casino Triangle – a heavy braking zone and a passing move that has been pulled off many times.



What to watch for

The Japanese GP can be notoriously unpredictable when bad weather hits the Grand Prix, in which case the race will become a lottery as the drivers battle to keep their machines the track with all these high speed corners.

Tyre degradation may be high at Suzuka, the high loads put on the tyres may especially affect the loaded left front tyre. With Pirelli bringing their Soft compound to Suzuka, some less competitive teams might elect to not run in Q3 and avoid starting on the Soft tyre to gain track position.

Car requirements

Suzuka is a medium to high downforce circuit, there are a number of long full throttle sections which require aerodynamic efficiency and good top speeds. However, the first two sectors of the lap feature high speed sweepers that demand high levels of downforce – and this is where the most time can be made up. Good traction is also important as the slow exits of turns 11 and 14 lead onto long full throttle sections –so the least amount of wheelspin will require modified engine mapping’s and will benefit drivable engines.


Tyre selections

Pirelli will bring their Soft and Hard P Zero tyres to Suzuka. The graphic below shows Pirelli’s 2012 range of P Zero tyres and their respective markings:





Video footage

Here is a flying lap of Suzuka with Kimi Raikkonen, driving in practice for the 2002 Japanese Grand Prix in his McLaren-Mercedes Benz:



Weekend schedule in UK time:

Fri 05 October 2012

Friday Practice 1 02:00 – 03:30
Friday Practice 2 06:00 – 07:30

Sat 06 October 2012

Saturday Practice 03:00 – 04:00
Qualifying 06:00

Sun 07 October 2012

Start of Formation Lap 07:00
2012 Japanese Grand Prix Race Start 07:03*

Full weekend schedule in local time

Thursday 4th October:

3 Day Ticket Holders Only Pit Walk 09:00 – 12:30
Track Activities 09:30 – 11:00
Formula One Press Conference - Press Room 15:00
Autograph Session 16:00 – 18:00


Friday 5th October:

Formula Japan Challenge Practice Session 08:45 – 09:15
Formula One Practice 1 10:00 – 11:30
Porsche Carrera Cup Japan Practice Session 12:00 – 12:30
Formula One Paddock Club Pit Lane Walk 12:35 – 13:30
1 Lap Parade 12:35
Formula One Practice 2 14:00 – 15:30
Formula Japan Challenge Qualifying Session 15:55 – 16:25
Formula One Press Conference - Press Room 16:00 – 17:00
Porsche Carrera Cup Japan Qualifying Session 16:45 – 17:15
Track Tours 17:30

Saturday 6th October

Formula One Pit Stop Practice 08:30 – 09:15
Formula One Paddock Club Pit Lane Walk 08:30 – 10:40
Formula Challenge First Race (10 Laps or 25 Mins) 09:30 – 10:00
Formula One Practice 3 11:00 – 12:00
Formula One Paddock Club Pit Lane Walk 12:05 – 13:30
1 Lap Parade 12:05
Formula One Qualifying 14:00
Porsche Carrera Cup Japan First Race (10 Laps or 30 Mins) 15:40 – 16:15

Sunday 7th October

1 Lap Parade 09:45
Formula One Paddock Club Pit Lane Walk 10:40 – 12:15
Formula Challenge Japan Second Race (10 Laps or 25 Mins) 11:00 – 11:30
Porsche Carrera Cup Japan Second Race (10 Laps or 30 Mins) 12:15 – 12:50
Formula One Legend Demonstration 12:55 – 13:20
Formula One Paddock Club Pit Lane Walk 13:10 – 14:00
Formula One Drivers Parade 13:30
Formula One Starting Grid Presentation 13:45 – 14:15
Formula One National Anthem 14:46
Start of Formula One Formation Lap 15:00
Start of 2012 Formula 1 Japanese Grand Prix 15:03*

* Based on the time period between the start of formation lap and actual race start in the 2012 Singapore Grand Prix.

UK Television schedules – BST time

In addition to Sky’s live coverage of the Japanese Grand Prix, the BBC is showing extended highlights of both qualifying, and the 53 lap Grand Prix. Times of the TV coverage can be seen below:

Friday 5th October

Sky Sports F1 Coverage

Practice One: 1:45 am
Practice Two: 5.45 am

Saturday 6th October

BBC Coverage

Qualifying highlights: 1300-1415, BBC One

Sky Sports F1 Coverage

Practice Three: 2:45 am
Qualifying: 5:45 am

Sunday 10th October

BBC Coverage

Race highlights: 1400-1600, BBC One

Sky Sports F1 Coverage

Race: 5.30 am

Live timing and scoring is available for every session at http://www.formula1.com/ Registration is required to view live timing. If you wish to watch this Grand Prix outside the UK, please check your local listings.

Previous winners of Japanese Grand Prix

2004 – Michael Schumacher – Ferrari
2005 – Kimi Raikkonen – McLaren-Mercedes Benz
2006 – Fernando Alonso - Renault
2007 – Lewis Hamilton – McLaren-Mercedes Benz
2008 – Fernando Alonso – Renault
2009 – Sebastian Vettel – Red Bull-Renault
2010 – Sebastian Vettel – Red Bull-Renault
2011 – Jenson Button – McLaren-Mercedes Benz

Enjoy the Grand Prix!



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PostSubject: Re: F1 - 2012 JAPANESE GRAND PRIX - SUZUKA   Sun Oct 07, 2012 4:40 am

Shame its not due to rain tomorrow, think that would make for a more interesting race. At least Jenson has a fast car, starting down the order it could be fun to watch him make his way up if able. It would be nice if Kobayashi could get a good start at last although I don't expect him to push the red bulls.
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PostSubject: Re: F1 - 2012 JAPANESE GRAND PRIX - SUZUKA   Sun Oct 07, 2012 8:50 am

I wouldn’t count out Kobayashi for tomorrow. If he can get a good start, and perhaps nail Webber off the line, I have a suspicion that Kobayashi could compete with the Red Bull’s. Tyre blistering and depredation seem to be high, and if Kobayashi can run longer than the Red Bulls – who knows…

There are a number of drivers out of position due to Raikkonen’s spin in Q3, things could get dicey.

If you’re Alonso, though, you have to be worried about Vettel and the speed of the Red Bull. The Ferrari has looked off the pace all weekend; the nose really understeers and traction is poor off tight turns. Alonso will not win this title with car competiveness like that.

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PostSubject: Re: F1 - 2012 JAPANESE GRAND PRIX - SUZUKA   Mon Oct 08, 2012 3:07 am

I enjoyed watching that Grand Prix, there was plenty of battles and how great was it to see Kobayashi make the podium? It was a great drive from Kobayashi, he cleverly kept his tyres alive at the end, and even managed to pull away from Button at stages.

It was strange at how Alonso crashed. Alonso usually has excellent awareness, but he just kept on moving over to Raikkonen’s car. Kimi had nowhere to go.

Grosjean’s mistakes are rather basic. It was peculiar at how he smashed into Webber, he wasn’t in a tight spot, and Romain just had to follow Webber. It’s a shame that a fast, talented driver is ruining his career.

Yesterday I thought that Alonso wasn’t going to win the title, today has confirmed that view. The Red Bull has not only improved, but critically, Ferrari has gone backwards. The car looked poor all weekend. Alonso has to hope that Vettel gets kidnapped or disappears off the earth to win this title.

I think it’s best to wait until Korea to judge the success of Red Bull’s updates. Suzuka has been very favourable to RBR, whereas Korea doesn’t require the same downforce level. One things for sure, though, RBR are rising and Ferrari are fading.

Ferrari has struggled to have race-winning pace all year, in fact. I cannot think of a dry race where Alonso was dominated, he brilliantly seized on unusual circumstances, and the consistency of Alonso helped him rack in the points. Spa and Suzuka have exposed the weakness of Ferrari; they can only limp along, not fight for victory in the dry.

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PostSubject: Re: F1 - 2012 JAPANESE GRAND PRIX - SUZUKA   Mon Oct 08, 2012 7:45 am

Vettel just set the car to 'Cruise' and walked it to the finish.

Looks like the 'small' update really paid off at Suzuka. And they've had it since Singapore. Rolling Eyes
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PostSubject: Re: F1 - 2012 JAPANESE GRAND PRIX - SUZUKA   Mon Oct 08, 2012 10:24 am

I think 2012 is looking like a repeat of 2010, where Alonso's lead is eroded by Vettel having a faster car. Its true that Alonso being wiped out at Spa and spinning out yesterday doesn't help, but the plain fundemental is that Vettel has a quicker car.

Alonso needs a wet Korean GP or something, the Ferrari has been excellent in the wet.

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