Japanese Grand Prix Suzuka Circuit Guide: Technical Analysis

Japanese Grand Prix Suzuka Circuit Guide: Technical Analysis

Japanese Grand Prix Suzuka Circuit History

Japanese Grand Prix Suzuka circuit is home to the most demanding technical components any circuit on the Formula 1 schedule demands. Even between only two of the Suzuka Circuit corners, Spoon Corner & 130R, The Japanese has long been a favorite among the drivers and fans alike. With the love affair the drivers have for the circuit come the challenges.

This circuit puts some serious energy loads into the tyres and demands a lot of the car around the winding, figure-8 style track. The more energy the tyres build up, the more heat that is produced. Centripetal forces and gravity loads have required Pirelli to nominate the C1, C2, & C3, the hardest tyre compound possible, as the chosen sets for the 2019 Japanese Grand Prix Tyre compounds.

Japanese Grand Prix Suzuka Circuit Strategy

The Suzuka Circuit hosts the Formula 1 Grand Prix usually during typhoon season in Japan. It’s no surprise that this year Typhoon Hagibis is threatening the Japanese Grand Prix. The very likely chance of a wet circuit will alter the race strategy dramatically as will other critical components of the dynamic grand prix – make sure you stay up to date on all the Japanese Grand Prix F1 news coverage.

The best way to describe the track is a free – flowing masterpiece. The flowing nature often has drivers describing as one of the best tracks to get into a rhythm at. Even a non-Formula 1 fan can relate to this concept. To simplify, think of it like rolling slightly downhill on a bicycle; the more you weave & zig-zag, the more the friction will slow you down naturally. This actually requires you to actually use your hand brake less. This is best exemplified at the Moto GP level in particular reighning champ Marc Marquez.

Japanese Grand Prix Suzuka Circuit Lesson In Friction

The more you have natural braking periods throughout the track, the more you can depend on management of the ebb and flow usage of the Formula 1 power unit & throttle. This allows you to brake while simply letting off the throttle and maintaining speed through corners. For instance, after the exit of the Spoon curve, which straddles sectors 2 & 3, the drivers can actually stay in 8th gear if they are so daring all the way to the final kinks in the Suzuka circuit.

One turn in particular stands out of all the turns on the calendar: The infamous 130R. Named for its radius, the turn is taken full beans where the drivers will certainly breach 300kph through. The G pulled through 130R is unmistakably high.

Seeing as though rain is almost always a given, overtaking is common, and errors are often capitralized on, it’s a circuit you don’t want to blink at. The practice sessions tend to be more entertaining than most unless there’s rain during free practice. This would introduce and entirely new element which is the wet tyre management seeing as how it’s likely they’ll be used during the race.

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