F1 2018: Japan

After a Russian Grand Prix which was dominated by Mercedes, Formula One heads to Suzuka for the 2018 Japanese Grand Prix.

 

Track Guide

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Circuit: Suzuka International Racing Course

Number of Laps: 53

Race Distance: 307.573km

Tyres: Mediums, Softs and Supersofts

 

Battle for Five

If there’s ever a key number for this F1 weekend, its FIVE!!!

Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel might be going for their fifth world title but this weekend will see one of them become a five time Japanese GP race winner. 

One of Hamilton’s wins did come at Fuji though in 2007 in wet conditions like his first  Suzuka victory in 2014. Vettel’s four wins meanwhile all came in dry conditions during his time at Red Bull. 

It’s not just Hamilton and Vettel going for a fifth win in the Land of the Rising Sun as Mercedes aim to make it five constructor wins on the bounce around this track. 

Red Bull however are also going for number five at Suzuka, which would mark a couple of Japanese firsts for them. All four of their previous wins have come with Vettel at the wheel and victory here would also be their first Japanese GP win in the hybrid era.  

Add in reports of Typhoon Kong-Rey making Sunday a wet race then victory here would be Vettel or Red Bull’s first in wet conditions around Suzuka. 

Either way, FIVE is a huge number for this weekend and a certain German drives a car with that number on. 

 

Can Honda deliver at home?

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After three woeful seasons without scoring at home with McLaren, can Honda finally get their first home points as an engine supplier with Toro Rosso this weekend?

Having initially ran their new spec power unit in Russian practice, we could see its full launch here which could well put Toro Rosso firmly back in the midfield hunt after a tricky few rounds of late. 

Honda’s Technical Director, Toyoharu Tanabe however believes that the circuit will be “technically challenging” with “good driveability” needed to maximise performance.

Pierre Gasly however have shown that his car is more than a match for these type of circuits after taking points in Monaco and Hungary, so perhaps this could be the year when Honda finally score at home. 

 

Missed any of the first ten race weekends and want to get up to date? Click on any of the hyperlinks below to go and check out my round up of the weekend/s.

 

 

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