Suzuka the Everest of F1 tracks will push Hamilton and Vettel to cliff edge

Terrifying and demanding Japanese circuit with a rich history is a favourite with Formula One drivers and fans

So often the venue for a dramatic denouement to the season but also so much more, the Japanese Grand Prix is one of the jewels in F1’s crown. As drivers and fans descend on Suzuka this weekend excitement and anticipation will be shared. Few circuits quite stir the heart as does the 3.6 mile, figure of eight challenge, whose configuration demands technical skill, touch, judgment and bravery, and rewards them with one of the greatest thrill rides.

There is a rich history to this grand prix, for so long the finale or penultimate race of the season. The championship has been decided at Fuji or Suzuka 13 times, more than in any other country. The former famously hosted the first Japanese Grand Prix in 1976 when James Hunt’s and Niki Lauda’s battle for the title reached its dramatic conclusion on the rain-drenched speedway and since then the latter has staged some of F1’s most gripping and decisive spectacles.

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