Japanese Grand Prix Guide

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Suzuka Circuit in Suzuka, Japan (Photo by Mirko Stange/DPA/PA Images).

Bettingpro's guide to the Japanese Grand Prix and it's host venue, the Suzuka International Racing Course.

Circuit Guide

The Suzuka International Racing Course has featured on the Formula 1 calendar since 1987, with the Japanese Grand Prix only moving away from this circuit in 2007 and 2008 while renovations were made to make it compliant for the 2009 Formula 1 season. It boasts a series of challenging corners that require drivers to be at their best at all times, while limited run-off areas mean drivers will often find themselves out of the race if they make the slightest mistake. Suzuka is easily one of the toughest – if not the toughest – courses on the Formula 1 calendar and therefore it is no surprise that it remains popular with both drivers and fans. Lewis Hamilton has won the race in four of the past six seasons to take his Japanese Grand Prix tally to five wins, and that means he is now just one behind record-setter Michael Schumacher, who won this race for the sixth and final time in 2004. Remarkably, since then no Ferrari driver has won this race!

Location: Suzuka International Racing Course, Suzuka, Japan
Number Of Laps: 53
Lap Length: 3.608 milers
Lap Record: Lewis Hamilton, 1 minute 30.983 seconds (2019)



Japanese Grand Prix Winners

1976Mario AndrettiLotus-FordFuji
1977James HuntMcLaren-FordFuji
1987Gerhard BergerFerrariSuzuka
1988Ayrton SennaMcLaren-HondaSuzuka
1989Alessandro NanniniBenetton-FordSuzuka
1990Nelson PiquetBenetton-FordSuzuka
1991Gerhard BergerMcLaren-HondaSuzuka
1992Riccardo PatreseWilliams-RenaultSuzuka
1993Ayrton SennaMcLaren-FordSuzuka
1994Damon HillWilliams-RenaultSuzuka
1995Michael SchumacherBenetton-RenaultSuzuka
1996Damon HillWilliams-RenaultSuzuka
1997Michael SchumacherFerrariSuzuka
1998Mika HakkinenMcLaren-MercedesSuzuka
1999Mika HakkinenMcLaren-MercedesSuzuka
2000Michael SchumacherFerrariSuzuka
2001Michael SchumacherFerrariSuzuka
2002Michael SchumacherFerrariSuzuka
2003Rubens BarrichelloFerrariSuzuka
2004Michael SchumacherFerrariSuzuka
2005Kimi RaikkonenMcLaren-MercedesSuzuka
2006Fernando AlonsoRenaultSuzuka
2007Lewis HamiltonMcLaren-MercedesFuji
2008Fernando AlonsoRenaultFuji
2009Sebastian VettelRed Bull-RenaultSuzuka
2010Sebastian VettelRed Bull-RenaultSuzuka
2011Jenson ButtonMcLaren-MercedesSuzuka
2012Sebastian VettelRed Bull-RenaultSuzuka
2013Sebastian VettelRed Bull-RenaultSuzuka
2014Lewis HamiltonMercedesSuzuka
2015Lewis HamiltonMercedesSuzuka
2016Nico RosbergMercedesSuzuka
2017Lewis HamiltonMercedesSuzuka
2018Lewis HamiltonMercedesSuzuka
2019Valtteri BottasMercedesSuzuka