Suzuka, Japan

Suzuka, Japan

Originally built as Honda’s test track in 1962 it is one of the few figure-of-eight circuits in the world. This fantastic sweeping and elevated 5.8km circuit is one of the ‘must haves’ in any motorsport calendar, and has hosted F1 since 1987. Given its unique configuration and design, its good to know that drivers are given the odd mountain to climb in their careers.

Worth a mention is the ‘S’ curve, which asks big questions of both car and driver, through braking, downshifting, turning left, short bursts, positive camber, turning right, negative camber etc. Also the renowned 130R corner, named after the angle radius of the turn, still offers a challenge and is popular with drivers even though it has been a little emasculated since 2003.

Unfortunately for Honda, Toyota and their revamped Fuji circuit will be seeing the F1 circus over the next few years.

http://www.suzukacircuit.com/

By Phil Clark

Originally built as Honda’s test track in 1962 it is one of the few figure-of-eight circuits in the world. This fantastic sweeping and elevated 5.8km circuit is one of the ‘must haves’ in any motorsport calendar, and has hosted F1 since 1987. Given its unique configuration and design, its good to know that drivers are given the odd mountain to climb in their careers.

Worth a mention is the ‘S’ curve, which asks big questions of both car and driver, through braking, downshifting, turning left, short bursts, positive camber, turning right, negative camber etc. Also the renowned 130R corner, named after the angle radius of the turn, still offers a challenge and is popular with drivers even though it has been a little emasculated since 2003.

Unfortunately for Honda, Toyota and their revamped Fuji circuit will be seeing the F1 circus over the next few years.

http://www.suzukacircuit.com/

By Phil Clark

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