Hello F1 Fans,
Straight off the back of an eventful Korean Grand Prix, the F1 teams head to Suzuka for the Japanese Grand Prix. A fan and driver favourite, the Honda-owned circuit has a rich history in Formula 1 and has hosted 24 of the past 28 Japanese Formula 1 rounds, the other four being held at the Fuji circuit. Suzuka isn’t easily categorised, featuring swift changes of direction at the spectator-friendly Esses, sinuous curves through Dunlop and Spoon, high-speed sections and heavy-braking, low-speed corners at the Hairpin and Casio Triangle.
77 points clear of Fernando Alonso in the 2013 title-race, Sebastian Vettel has an outside chance of claiming his fourth championship this weekend. Should Vettel win and Alonso finish no better than ninth, the German will win his fourth consecutive drivers champion.
In the Constructors’ battle Red Bull Racing has an unassailable lead of 118 points over Ferrari.Ferrari and Mercedes are locked in a close flight for 2nd place. Ferrari leads Mercedes by 1 points heading into Japanese Grand Prix.
TYRE ALLOCATION - Pirelli is bringing the P Zero Orange hard and P Zero White medium to Japan. Tire wear and degradation is expected to be higher than previous races due to the above average cornering speeds and rough track surface. It is similar to Silverstone with low brake energy but high cornering speeds. This is why Pirelli are bringing the hard and medium compound tires.
DRS ZONES - For only the second time this year there will be just one DRS zone for this weekend’s race. However the DRS zone has been extended by 100 metres compared to last year’s configuration. The DRS zone at Suzuka is on the start-finish straight. The detection point is 50m before Turn 16, with activation 100m before the control line.
Will this be the race where Vettel will clinch his 4th consecutive championship? Can anyone stop Vettel from winning in Japan? If you're in the New York City area and looking for some racing action with other F1 fans, be sure to join us for the Japanese Grand Prix to see who will take the checkered flag. Race will start at 2:00AM EST with the pre-race starting at 1:30AM EST. It's going to be another exciting weekend of racing.
We hope to see you all!