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Japanese Grand Prix Preview

7 - 9 October 2011

Venue: Suzuka
Circuit Length: 5.807 Km
Laps: 53
Lap Record: 1:31.540 = 228.372 km/h K. Raikkonen (McLaren) 2005

“It’s almost as though this circuit was designed for our chassis,” said Sebastian Vettel after winning here for the last two years – and that’s an ominous thought for the rest of the field this time around.

“All the drivers love Suzuka,” says Mark Webber, who thinks it gives him a real chance of registering his first victory in 2011 – if he can get off the line…

Lewis Hamilton calls it “uncompromising” and says “driving on the absolute limit is the only way to get the best time”. And Lewis should know...

Look for the drivers who can get the rhythm right through the S Curves, the wonderful uphill sequence from Turn 2 – 6.

It’s the 23rd Grand Prix at Suzuka: Ferrari have won 7, McLaren 6 and Red Bull are going for a hat-trick.

Eleven of its 18 corners are taken at over 200 km/h – and the man on pole has won at Suzuka on 7 of the last 10 visits there.


2010 Results

Pole Position:

Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull Renault) 1:30.785 = 230.271 km/h

1st: Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull Renault)
2nd: Mark Webber (Red Bull Renault)
3rd: Fernando Alonso (Ferrari)

Fastest Lap:
Mark Webber (Red Bull Renault) 1:33.474 = 223. 647 km/h

Webber Watch
2002 (Minardi) Q 19 / R 10
2003 (Jaguar) Q 6 / R 11
2004 (Jaguar) Q 3 / R dnf
2005 (Williams) Q 7 / R 4
2006 (Williams)  Q 14 / R dnf
2007 (Red Bull) Q 8 / R dnf  (at Fuji Speedway)
2008 (Red Bull) Q 13 / R 8  (at Fuji Speedway)
2009 (Red Bull) Q no time / R 17
2010 (Red Bull) Q 2 / R 2

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