Hamilton and Bottas lead the Japanese Grand Prix with Verstappen third




Japanese Grand Prix


The Japanese Grand Prix has traditionally been one of the last races of the F1 season, and as such it has been the venue for many title deciding races, with 13 F1 World Champions being crowned in just 30 races.

The first F1 race, at Fuji in 1976, was the famous title decider between James Hunt and Niki Lauda, held in monsoon conditions that would normally see an F1 race called off. And of course, who can forget the infamous duels between Ayrton Senna, and Alain Prost

The early history of the Japanese Grand Prix began as a sports car race in 1963, first at Suzuka, and later at Fuji. These two circuits have been the only hosts for the Japanese GP ever since.

Japanese GP Details
Location Suzuka, Mie Prefecture, Japan
Date 5th-7th October 2018
Lap Length 3.609mi, 5.807km
Laps 53
Race Distance 191.117mi, 307.573km
Turns 18
Race lap record 1:31.540, Kimi Räikkönen, McLaren, 2005
Routed track plan of Suzuka

Footprint :- 6.94 x 3.63m

Lanes :- 2

Lane Width :- 8cm

Lane Length :- 19.45m

Track :- Scratch build


Suzuka has been the venue for the Japanese GP since 2009.

The circuit, set inside a funfair, was designed by Dutchman John Hugenholtz and owned by Honda, who used it as a test track. Most notable initially for its layout, Suzuka is the only "figure of eight" race track to appear on the F1 calendar.

The layout has remained more or less intact, with the most notable modifications being made in 1983, when a chicane was created just before the main straight, and Degner was divided to make two distinct turns.


The most succesful driver at the Japanese GP is Michael Schumacher who has won the event six times. Lewis Hamilton has five wins, and Sebastian Vettel has four.

McLaren have the most victories in Japan, with 9. Ferrari have 7, and Mercedes have five.

Amongst current F1 drivers, Raikkonen and Alonso are the only drivers other than Hamilton and Vettel to register a victory in Japan.


The Japanes GP is well known for it's enthusiastic fans, and their eccentric headgear. Crowds approaching 150,000 are the norm for a race weekend.

Past Winners
2018 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes
2017 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes
2016 Nico Rosberg Mercedes
2015 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes
2014 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes
2013 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull
2012 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull
2011 Jenson Button McLaren
2010 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull
2009 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull
2008 Fernando Alonso Renault
2007 Lewis Hamilton McLaren
2006 Fernando Alonso Renault
2005 Kimi RäikkönenMcLaren
Scalextric track plan of Suzuka

Footprint :- 5.91 x 3.23m

Lanes :- 2

Lane Length :- 17.26m

Track :- Scalextric

C8204 R3 8
C8205 S 18
C8202 R1 14
C8200 1/4S 4
C8236 SS 3
C8235 R4 16
C8234 1/2 R2 2
C8206 R2 12
C8207 1/2S 4
Ninco track plan of Suzuka

Footprint :- 6.71 x 3.74m

Lanes :- 2

Lane Length :- 19.75m

Track :- Ninco

10112 1/2 R2 7
10105 R2 11
10104 1/4 S 2
10103 1/2 S 5
10102 S 18
10115 R5 14
10108 R4 8
10107 R3 6
10106 R1 15