Exactly two years ago today (9th October) was the 2011 Japanese GP, the race where Sebastian Vettel won his second World Drivers’ Championship. If Vettel wins this weekend and Alonso is ninth or lower then he will win his fourth.
The race this weekend will be the 25th F1 race at Suzuka and the 29th Japanese GP. Exactly 50% of the races in Japan have been won from pole position and another 33% from second on the grid. The track is 5.807km long with 17 corners and 53 race laps, a total distance of 307.771km.
The lap record at Suzuka was set in 2005 by Kimi Raikkonen’s McLaren, with a time of 1:31.540 and an average speed of 228kph or 142mph. The Japanese GP is the only race on the calendar with a lap record set by a McLaren, but they hold eight in total.
Ferrari and McLaren are the most successful teams at Suzuka, with seven wins each, and Michael Schumacher the most successful driver with six wins to his name.
After catching fire in the last two races, Mark Webber will be hoping not to make it three in a row, a win would take him to a career total of 1000 points scored.
The Silly Stats
You would need 3396 Kamui Kobayashis to lap around the Suzuka Circuit once. 468 of him would be the length of the main straight and another 702 for the back straight.
If you were to place Makizushi sushi rolls around the Japanese GP circuit you could cover the entire track surface with 19,356,667 of them.
For some more stats on the Japanese GP see my mini-stat page