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Japanese Grand Prix 2017 - Stats & Facts

Written by  Oct 05, 2017

The Japanese Grand Prix is a race in the calendar of the FIA Formula One World Championship. Historically, Japan has been one of the last races of the season, and as such the Japanese Grand Prix has been the venue for many title-deciding races, with 13 World Champions being crowned over the 30 World Championship Japanese Grands Prix that have been hosted.

The first two Japanese Grands Prix in 1976 and 1977 were held at the Fuji Speedway, before Japan was taken off the calendar. It returned in 1987 at Suzuka, which hosted the Grand Prix exclusively for 20 years and gained a reputation as one of the most challenging F1 circuits.

In 1994 and 1995, Japan also hosted the Pacific Grand Prix at the TI Circuit, making Japan one of only seven countries to host more than one Grand Prix in the same season (the others being Great Britain, France, Spain, Germany, Italy and the USA).

In 2007 the Grand Prix moved back to the newly redesigned Fuji Speedway. After a second race at Fuji in 2008, the race returned to Suzuka in 2009, as part of an alternating agreement between the owners of Fuji Speedway and Suzuka Circuit, perennial rivals Toyota and Honda.

However, in July 2009, Toyota announced it would not host the race at Fuji Speedway in 2010 and beyond due to a downturn in the global economy, and so the Japanese Grand Prix was held at Suzuka instead. Suzuka has hosted the Japanese Grand Prix every year since 2009.

Japanese Grand Prix, Round 16 of the 2017 Formula 1 season

Circuit Name: Suzuka Circuit

Race Laps: 53

Circuit Length: 5.807 km (3.608 mi)

Race Length: 307.573 km (191.117 mi)

Number of corners: 18 (10 Right. 8 Left)

DRS Zone: One zones between turn 18 and 1 at the Start/Finish Line.

Circuit Direction: Clockwise

Pole Position 2016: Nico Rosberg – Mercedes 1:30.647

Distance from pole to T1 Apex: 405 m

Pole position side: Left

Pit lane length under speed limit control: 392.2 m

Drive-through time at 80 km/h: 17.649 s

Lap time at full throttle: 64%

Lap distance at full throttle: 73%

Gear changes per lap: 78

Braking events (>2G): 6

Heavy braking events (<0.4s @ >4G): 2

Fuel consumption: Medium

Maximum lateral G-Force: 5.0 G (T1)

Maximum speed: 320.3 km/h

Track evolution (P1 – Qualifying): Medium

Key overtaking opportunities: T1

Race lap record: 1:31.540 (RAI, 2005)

Absolute lap record: 1:28.954 (MSC, Q2, 2006)

Suzuka International Circuit

Pirelli used compounds

Tyres that must be available (one of them to be used) at some point in the race:

One set of P Zero White Medium

One set of P Zero Yellow soft

Tyres assigned for Q3 in qualifying:                     

One set of P Zero Red Super-Soft

Teams/Drivers compounds choice

Driver

Medium

Soft

Super-Soft

Lewis Hamilton

1

5

7

Valtteri Bottas

2

4

7

Daniel Ricciardo

1

3

9

Max Verstappen

1

3

9

Sebastian Vettel

1

5

7

Kimi Raikkonen

2

4

7

Sergio Perez

3

3

7

Esteban Ocon

3

3

7

Lance Stroll

1

4

8

Felipe Massa

1

4

8

Stoffel Vandoorne

1

2

10

Fernando Alonso

1

2

10

Daniil Kvyat

1

3

9

Carlos Sainz

1

3

9

Romain Grosjean

2

4

7

Kevin Magnussen

1

5

7

Nico Hulkenberg

1

3

9

Jolyon Palmer

1

3

9

Marcus Ericsson

1

3

9

Pascal Wehrlein

1

3

9

 

THE CIRCUIT FROM A TYRE POINT OF VIEW:

Lateral forces through corners are the main feature, rather than traction and braking.

Weather, and therefore track temperatures, are quite unpredictable at this time of year.

Generally, there are high levels of wear anddegradation: two stops was the winning

strategy last year, with varied tactics.

Teams normally run high downforce: pushing down on the tyres to help cornering.

Track is quite narrow, making overtaking tricky, so strategy can make the difference.

Track evolution is often hard to predict and safety cars can provide another variable.

MARIO ISOLA - HEAD OF CAR RACING

“The Japanese Grand Prix continues the trend we’ve seen so far this year of bringing softer, and therefore faster, tyres to several grands prix compared to last season. In the case of Suzuka, this is particularly pertinent as it’s one of the most challenging tracks for tyres of the entire year, with a very big emphasis on lateral loads that can cause thermal degradation if the tyres are not properly managed. This is also one of the reasons why the drivers enjoy Suzuka so much; with the cars travelling a lot faster through the corners this year under the new regulations with wider tyres, it’s very possible that we will see another lap record fall and some truly impressive maximum g-force loadings”.

SUZUKA MINIMUM STARTING PRESSURES (SLICKS)

22.5 psi (front) | 20.5 psi (rear)

EOS CAMBER LIMIT

-3.00° (front) | -1.75° (rear)

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Japanese Grand Prix Winners 1976 – 2016

Year

Driver

Constructor

Location

2016

Nico Rosberg

Mercedes

Suzuka

2015

Lewis Hamilton

Mercedes

2014

Lewis Hamilton

Mercedes

2013

Sebastian Vettel

Red Bull-Renault

2012

Sebastian Vettel

Red Bull-Renault

2011

Jenson Button

McLaren-Mercedes

2010

Sebastian Vettel

Red Bull-Renault

2009

Sebastian Vettel

Red Bull-Renault

2008

Fernando Alonso

Renault

Fuji

2007

Lewis Hamilton

McLaren-Mercedes

2006

Fernando Alonso

Renault

Suzuka

2005

Kimi Räikkönen

McLaren-Mercedes

2004

Michael Schumacher

Ferrari

2003

Rubens Barrichello

Ferrari

2002

Michael Schumacher

Ferrari

2001

Michael Schumacher

Ferrari

2000

Michael Schumacher

Ferrari

1999

Mika Häkkinen

McLaren-Mercedes

1998

Mika Häkkinen

McLaren-Mercedes

1997

Michael Schumacher

Ferrari

1996

Damon Hill

Williams-Renault

1995

Michael Schumacher

Benetton-Renault

1994

Damon Hill

Williams-Renault

1993

Ayrton Senna

McLaren-Ford

1992

Riccardo Patrese

Williams-Renault

1991

Gerhard Berger

McLaren-Honda

1990

Nelson Piquet

Benetton-Ford

1989

Alessandro Nannini

Benetton-Ford

1988

Ayrton Senna

McLaren-Honda

1987

Gerhard Berger

Ferrari

1986

Not held

1978

1977

James Hunt

McLaren-Ford

Fuji

1976

Mario Andretti

Lotus-Ford

  

Multiple Winners (Drivers)

# of wins

Driver

Years

6

Michael Schumacher

1995, 1997, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2004

4

Sebastian Vettel

2009, 2010, 2012, 2013

3

Lewis Hamilton

2007, 2014, 2015

2

Gerhard Berger

1987, 1991

Ayrton Senna

1988, 1993

Damon Hill

1994, 1996

Mika Häkkinen

1998, 1999

Fernando Alonso

2006, 2008

 

Multiple Winners (Constructors)

# of wins

Constructor

Years won

9

McLaren

1977, 1988, 1991, 1993, 1998, 1999, 2005, 2007, 2011

7

Ferrari

1987, 1997, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004

4

Red Bull

2009, 2010, 2012, 2013

3

Benetton

1989, 1990, 1995

Williams

1992, 1994, 1996

Mercedes

2014, 2015, 2016

2

Renault

2006, 2008

 

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Numbers and Facts

Most wins (driver) 6, Michael Schumacher 1995 – 97 – 2000 – 01 – 02 – 04

Most wins (constructor) 9, McLaren 1977 – 88 – 91 – 93 – 98 – 99 – 2005 – 07 – 11

Wins from pole position 15, (13 times at Suzuka)

Lowest grid for past winner 17, Kimi Raikkonen 2005

Most recent 1-2 finish 2015, Mercedes (Lewis Hamilton-Nico Rosberg)

Most emphatic win (here) 20.639, 2012 Sebastian Vettel-Felipe Massa (Mario Andretti won 1976 race at Fuji by 1 lap)

Closest winning margin 0.344, 1991 – Gerhard Berger-Ayrton Senna

Rain-affected races 7, 1976 – 1988 – 1993 – 1994 – 1995 – 2007 – 2014

Safety Car-affected races 8, 1994 – 2005 – 2007 – 2009 – 2010 – 2011 – 2012 – 2014

Red Flag (and result declared) races 1, 2014

Most podiums (driver) 9, Michael Schumacher (recent 2004)

Most podiums (constructor) 25, McLaren (recent 2011)

Most pole positions (driver) 8 Michael Schumacher – 1994 – 95 – 98 – 99 – 2000 – 2001 – 2002 – 2004

Most pole positions (constructor) 9 Ferrari 1987 – 98 – 99 – 2000 – 01 – 02 – 03 – 04 – 06

What Happened last race here?

Nico Rosberg started the race from pole position and won the race, extending his championship lead to thirty-three points as Hamilton finished third behind Max Verstappen.

Before the race, Mercedes held a 194-point lead over Red Bull Racing in the World Constructors' Championship, and with forty points for first and third places, secured their third consecutive title.

In the Drivers' Championship, the field of title contenders has narrowed to just two (Rosberg and Hamilton) after the race.

2016 Race Classification

Pos

Driver

Constructor

Time/Retired

Grid

1

Nico Rosberg

Mercedes

1:26:43.333

1

2

Max Verstappen

Red Bull Racing-TAG Heuer

+4.978

3

3

Lewis Hamilton

Mercedes

+5.776

2

4

Sebastian Vettel

Ferrari

+20.269

6

5

Kimi Räikkönen

Ferrari

+28.37

8

6

Daniel Ricciardo

Red Bull Racing-TAG Heuer

+33.941

4

7

Sergio Pérez

Force India-Mercedes

+57.495

5

8

Nico Hülkenberg

Force India-Mercedes

+59.177

9

9

Felipe Massa

Williams-Mercedes

+1:37.763

12

10

Valtteri Bottas

Williams-Mercedes

+1:38.323

11

11

Romain Grosjean

Haas-Ferrari

+1:39.254

7

12

Jolyon Palmer

Renault

+1 Lap

16

13

Daniil Kvyat

Toro Rosso-Ferrari

+1 Lap

13

14

Kevin Magnussen

Renault

+1 Lap

17

15

Marcus Ericsson

Sauber-Ferrari

+1 Lap

18

16

Fernando Alonso

McLaren-Honda

+1 Lap

15

17

Carlos Sainz Jr.

Toro Rosso-Ferrari

+1 Lap

14

18

Jenson Button

McLaren-Honda

+1 Lap

22

19

Felipe Nasr

Sauber-Ferrari

+1 Lap

19

20

Esteban Gutiérrez

Haas-Ferrari

+1 Lap

10

21

Esteban Ocon

MRT-Mercedes

+1 Lap

20

22

Pascal Wehrlein

MRT-Mercedes

+1 Lap

21

 

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Did you know?

DRIVERS

Since Lewis Hamilton has been at Mercedes he has taken pole 44 times already, nearly 50% of all races he’s started for the team (44/ 90 = 48.9%).

All but 1 of Hamilton’s 7 wins this season have come from a pole position start. His most recent win, in Singapore came from a P5 grid start

Hamilton has yet to take pole at Suzuka. He has taken pole twice for the Japanese Grand Prix but both came at Fuji in 2007 and again in 2008

Hamilton’s win to starts percentage is now almost identical to that of Michael Schumacher’s (29.6% compared to 29.7%)

Hamilton has won 29.6% of all GP he’s started (60 wins from 203 starts) and is in the top 10 drivers races to win ratio of all-time. Here’s how he compares:-  Fangio 47.0%, 2. Ascari 40.6%, 3. Clark 34.7%, 4. M. Schumacher 29.7%, 5. Hamilton 29.6%, 6. Ja. Stewart 27.2%, 7. Prost 25.6%, 8. A. Senna 25.5%, Moss 24.2% 10. Vettel 23.8% (46/193)

Hamilton is the only driver to have finished in the points in all races so far this season. Hamilton and Esteban Ocon are the only drivers to have finished all races in 2017

Sebastian Vettel has not won back-to-back Grand Prix since he won the 2013 Brazilian Grand Prix. That race ended a 9-race run of victories that started in Belgium, (BEL, ITA, SIN, KOR, JAP, IND, ABU, USA, BRA)

Vettel’s next pole will be his 50th in F1

Vettel needs to lead ‘only’ 59 more race laps to equal Ayrton Senna’s career total of 2,987. The all-time most F1 race laps led is 5,111 by Michael Schumacher

Kimi Raikkonen’s next win if ever it comes will be the 21st of his F1 career and will also be the most by a Finnish driver in F1. Currently he shares the record of 20 wins by a Finn with Mika Hakkinen. Another career stat he shares is 37 F1 front row appearances with Fernando Alonso

Raikkonen’s next front row will be the 40th of his F1 career and will beat Mika Hakkinen’s record for the most front row grid positions by a Finnish driver in F1

Max Verstappen in Malaysia led 51 race laps. It equalled exactly the number of F1 race laps he had led in his previous 54 Grand Prix

Sergio Perez needs just 1 more podium to become the Mexican driver with the most F1 podiums (currently = with Pedro Rodriguez on 7)

Felipe Massa’s next F1 podium should it come will be the 42nd of his F1 career and would equal the F1 career totals of both Damon Hill and Mark Webber

Kevin Magnussen will celebrate his 25th birthday on Friday 5th October, Free Practice day

Fernando Alonso has now competed in100 F1 qualifying sessions since he took pole position (Germany 2012)

CONSTRUCTORS

Mercedes in Japan will be aiming to lockout the front row for the 50th time. The all-time record is 62 and is jointly held by McLaren and Williams.

Mercedes as a constructor has set 1 more race fastest laps in F1 World Championship GP (54) than Red Bull

Ferrari has still not scored consecutive pole positions since Fernando Alonso took pole for the Scuderia at the 2012 British and German Grand Prix and has still not scored a consecutive front row lock-out since Michael Schumacher and Felipe Massa lock-out the front row for the 2006 US and French Grand Prix

Ferrari last season was the only team to score championship points at all 21 events

Red Bull has achieved a podium result for at least one of their drivers in 110 different F1 Grand Prix

The current Williams team traces its origins back to 1977. The team began by running a March for Belgian Patrick Neve who sadly died earlier is year and later in 1978, became a constructor running a single FW06 car for Alan Jones. In 1979 the team expanded to 2 cars with Clay Regazzoni joining Jones. Regazzoni won Williams’s first Grand Prix, at Silversone in 1979 while Jones claimed Williams’s first driver’s and first constructor’s titles in 1980. Frank Williams had made his first forays into F1 in 1969, running a Brabham for Piers Courage. Campaigns with De Tomaso, private March’s, with his own cars and Heskeths latterly in conjunction with Canadian-Austrian entrepreneur Walter Wolf followed but it wasn’t until Williams teamed up with Head in 1977 and started all over again that Williams’s F1 fortunes really took off

McLaren has not led a F1 race lap since Jenson Button led lap 14 of the Hungarian GP in 2014. The team has started 62 GP since

Pirelli won their 176th F1 World Championship Grand Prix in Singapore to beat Bridgestone’s F1 career total. Only Goodyear has won more races (368)

JAPANESE GRAND PRIX

Last year was the first in 4 years in which the pole position car had finished the Japanese Grand Prix 2nd while the car sharing the front row and starting P2 had won the race

For the past 2 years there have been no race retirements in the Japanese Grand Prix (Felipe Nasr stopped with 4 laps to go in 2015 with a steering issue but was still officially classified as a race finisher)

Mercedes will be looking for a 4th Japanese Grand Prix victory in a row. Only Ferrari has previously won the race more than 3 times consecutively. Ferrari won 5 in-a-row between 2000 and 2004 inclusive

Sebastian Vettel and Felipe Massa are the only drivers in this year’s race entry to have previously taken pole position for the Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the first Japanese Grand Prix to be held at Suzuka. The 2 previous editions of the race had both been at Fuji

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Driver’s Championship standing

Pos

Driver

Points

1

Lewis Hamilton

281

2

Sebastian Vettel

247

3

Valtteri Bottas

222

4

Daniel Ricciardo

177

5

Kimi Raikkonen

138

6

Max Verstappen

93

7

Sergio Perez

76

8

Esteban Ocon

57

9

Carlos Sainz

48

10

Nico Hulkenberg

34

11

Felipe Massa

33

12

Lance Stroll

32

13

Romain Grosjean

26

14

Stoffel Vandoorne

13

15

Kevin Magnussen

11

16

Fernando Alonso

10

17

Jolyon Palmer

8

18

Pascal Wehrlein

5

19

Daniil Kvyat

4

20

Marcus Ericsson

0

21

Antonio Giovinazzi

0

 

Constructor’s Championship standing

Pos

Team

Points

1

Mercedes

503

2

Ferrari

385

3

Red Bull Racing-Tag Heuer

270

4

Force India-Mercedes

133

5

Williams-Mercedes

65

6

Toro Rosso-Renault

52

7

Renault

42

8

Haas-Ferrari

37

9

Mclaren-Honda

23

10

Sauber-Ferrari

5

 

Driver’s penalty points:

Driver

Penalty points

Daniil Kvyat

10

Kevin Magnussen

7

Jolyon Palmer

6

Sebastian Vettel

5

Carlos Sainz

5

Stoffel Vandoorne

5

Felipe Massa

5

Nico Hulkenberg

4

Sergio Perez

3

Romain Grosjean

3

Max Verstappen

3

Kimi Raikkonen

3

Esteban Ocon

2

Pascal Wehrlein

2

Lewis Hamilton

2

Jenson Button

2

 

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