Suzuka circuit – the Honda’s playground

One of the classic tracks of Formula 1. An old-school one, narrow and with obliged trajectories in several places. The most famous corner is definitely the double “S” uphill after the first turn, a point where Michael Schumacher made the difference. In 2000 and 2003 he won here the world title in a Ferrari. At Suzuka, the rhythm commands.

The track was developed as a permanent circuit by Soichiro Honda in the late 1950s, intended to be a Honda test one, and designed by Dutchman John "Hans" Hugenholtz in 1962. It is one of the oldest remaining Formula One tracks, with a long history of races and a traditional role as one of the last Grands Prix of the season.

A massive test of car and driver ability, the track has some of the Formula 1 calendar’s most challenging corners such as the high speed 130R and the famous Spoon Curve. The Suzuka International Racing Course, located in Suzuka City, Japan, has a capacity of 155,000.

Suzuka was dropped from the Formula One calendar for the 2007 and 2008 seasons in favour of the Toyota-owned Fuji Speedway. In 2009 Suzuka signed a deal to host the Japanese Grand Prix in future.

Being one of few circuits to have a "figure eight" layout, with the 1.2 km back straight passing over the front section by means of an overpass, it has been modified four times:

  • In 1983, a chicane was put at the last curve and the Degner curve was made into two corners instead of one long turn;
  • In 2002, the chicane was slightly modified, 130R was also modified and some of the snake curves were made a bit straighter and faster;
  • In 2003, the chicane was made slightly faster and closer to the 130R.

Jan 15, 2018