Sebastian Vettel picked up where he left off after winning last year’s Japanese Grand Prix, setting the fastest time in first practice. But title rival Lewis Hamilton hit trouble when he crashed at Degner halfway through the session. He damaged the front-left corner of his McLaren and took no further part in the session.
The Japanese Grand Prix takes place this weekend at one of the most exciting circuits on the F1 calendar. Have all the important information for this weekend’s race at your fingertips with the F1 Fanatic unofficial race programme including a video lap of the track:
Renault has added a new Russian sponsor to its roster for the second race in a row. Flagman vodka branding will appear on the tip of the R30’s nose and on the side pod vanes, as well as on Vitaly Petrov’s overalls. Vyborg Shipyard started sponsoring the team at the Singapore Grand Prix. Sauber also … Continue reading Another Russian sponsor joins Renault
The cars may not be on-track at Suzuka today but the stands were packed anyway with thousands of fans hoping for a glimpse of the drivers. In addition to the usual pre-race activities and interviews Michael Schumacher has a special reception with Bridgestone chairman Shoshi Arakawa. See below for a selection of pictures from Thursday … Continue reading Japanese Grand Prix pre-race pictures
After collisions that ended his race in the last two Grands Prix, Lewis Hamilton faced questions in today’s press conference about whether he needs to take fewer risks to ensure he finishes races and scores points. Here’s what he had to say: As drivers we are always on the ragged edge. We are always trying … Continue reading Hamilton: “Some drivers do less overtaking”
Monza was supposed to be an ideal circuit for McLaren – but Ferrari won. And Singapore was supposed to be an ideal circuit for Red Bull – but Ferrari won. No team has managed to win three races in a row this year – can Ferrari change that in Japan?
The Japanese Grand Prix weekend is expected to get off to a dry start on Friday – but that is set to change over the following days. Different forecasts give different views of this region’s often changeable weather, but several forecast heavy rain on Saturday, clearing up by Sunday. This raises the possibility of qualifying … Continue reading Rain forecast for Saturday at Suzuka
Luca di Montezemolo has said Felipe Massa needs to give “the performances of a number one driver” in the final races of 2010: Felipe is and will always stay a number one driver for Ferrari. I expect the performances of a number one driver from him – both in the next four races and, with … Continue reading Montezemolo: Massa “a number one driver”
We’ll have live comments during every session of the Japanese Grand Prix at F1 Fanatic. We’re always looking for people to help run the live comments sessions so please get in touch using the contact form if you’d like to help out. Here are the details of the BBC’s live video coverage of the Japanese … Continue reading Japanese Grand Prix live blog and TV times
Suzuka Circuit is little different today from the version first used for the Japanese Grand Prix in 1987. Here’s how it’s chnged since then.
McLaren are hoping to keep their championship changes alive by bringing a series of upgrades to the MP4-25 at Suzuka. Speaking in a Vodafone McLaren Mercedes phone-in McLaren’s managing director Jonathan Neale said: We are taking a reasonable-sized package to Suzuka: Front wing upgrades, we’ve got a new rear wing and various aerodynamic details. What … Continue reading McLaren have “big test package for Friday”
Suzuka is of the most popular tracks among drivers and fans alike. But it’s not the easiest race track for fans outside Japan to visit. Those who have visited Suzuka speak highly of it and a number of F1 Fanatic readers are heading to the track for this weekend’s race. Here’s what they have to … Continue reading What F1 Fanatics say about… Suzuka
Paul di Resta will not participate in first practice at Suzuka for Force India next week. The British driver has driven for the team in practice eight times this year but did not do so at Singapore last week: Unfortunately I won’t be out in FP1 in Japan, for similar reasons to Singapore – it’s … Continue reading No Suzuka running for di Resta
Sebastian Vettel confirmed pre-race expectations that the Red Bull RB6 will be the car to beat around Suzuka. Looking ahead to next week’s Japanese Grand Prix he also acknowledged the growing threat posed by Ferrari: Suzuka should suit our car, but we still have to go there and prove it. I think we have a … Continue reading Vettel expects RB6 to be strong at Suzuka
Lewis Hamilton says he is looking forward to being able to race a competitive car on his second visit to Suzuka for next week’s Japanese Grand Prix. Suzuka is very much unfinished business for me. I raced the best I could last year, but our car just wasn’t fast enough. This year, I’m holding nothing … Continue reading Suzuka is “unfinished business” for Hamilton
Kamui Kobayashi got to drive in front of his home crowd for Toyota during practice at Suzuka last year. This time he will get to race in front of them as he prepares to start his first home Grand Prix for Sauber next week. He said: Returning to race in Japan as a Formula One … Continue reading Kobayashi relishing first home race
Fuji Speedway, which is owned by Toyota, may not return to the F1 calendar in 2010 as planned. The track is supposed to be rotating the Japanese Grand Prix with Honda-owned Suzuka, which holds this year’s race. But the circuit operators have suggested the 2010 running is in doubt, potentially returning the Japanese round to … Continue reading Fuji Speedway to disappear from 2010 F1 calendar, things are looking up