Formula 1 - Suzuka - Japan
The first ever Formula 1 race to be held at Suzuka Circuit in Japan was in the year 1987.The Circuit,set inside a funfair was designed and owned by Honda.Suzuka is the only figure-eight race track to appear in Formula 1 calendar.The japanese Grand Prix has been popular with spectators specially when the country had seen its first formula one driver in the shape of Satoru Nakajima.After his retirement in 1991 and Honda's withdrawl from the competition the next year saw the decline in the popularity of the F1 race.The popularity returned only afterthe entry of Honda and Toyota as full manufacturer teams.Such was the impact of Honda.
The Suzuka Circuit has seen some of the most memorable races in the formula one history,the most notable was in the 2000 race where Michael Schumacher took advantage of his superior speed in damp conditions during a mid-race rain shower to secure his race win and the first world title with the Ferrari,and also the infamous collisions between Alain Prost and Ayrton Senna.
Japan's Suzuka Circuit has always been a test for the drivers,with high speed 130R and the famous spoon curve,and above all the circuit's figure of eight layout makes it one of the most unique experience in the formula one racing.
Michael Schumacher has been the most successful formula 1 drivers at the Suzuka Circuit - Japan,he has won the race six times(1995,1997,2000,2001,2002,and 2004.)At 2006 event Michael Schumacher led until an engine failure which also ended his chances of eighth championship.
Suzuka Circuit - Suzuka - Japan
Circuit Name -- Suzuka Circuit
First Grand prix -- 1987
No of Laps -- 53
Circuit Length -- 5.807 Km
Race Distance -- 307.471 Km
Lap Record -
1:31.540 - K.Raikkonen (2005)