F1 Japanese Grand PrixSuzuka Circuit, Japan
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Japan may not have been one of the initial seven countries in the Formula 1 Grand Prix World Championship, but it has become one of the most illustrious in the series of races.
The Suzuka Circuit is a favorite of drivers and spectators alike. It is set apart from the others by its figure-8 design and its on-site theme park, over which a massive ferris wheel seems to stand guard. More than 10 world championships have been decided in nail-biters at the circuit, which is located 31 miles southwest of Nagoya.
Originally built in 1962 by Honda as a place to test-drive its cars and motorcycles, Suzuka became the host of the Japanese Grand Prix in 1987 after having originally lost out to Fuji when Japan entered the Formula 1 fray in 1976.
Drivers like it for its challenging turns. Spectators like it because they can see so much from almost every seat. In fact, the most expensive seats aren’t expensive because they have a better view of the race. They’re expensive because they are the ones the drivers have to walk in front of to get to their cars.
We Can Get You There
Getting excited to see all the action? Paramount Business Jets can arrange a flight to get you to these nearby airports in style:
- Chubu Centrair International Airport, RJGG, NGO, Nagoya, Japan (15 miles)
- Aichi Prefectural Nagoya Airport, RJNA, NKM, Nagoya, Japan (35 miles)
- Gifu Airport, RJNG, Honshu Island, Japan (42 miles)
- Yao Airport, RJOY, Yao, Japan (56 miles)
- Osaka International Airport, RJOO, ITM, Osaka, Japan (63 miles)
- Hamamatsu Airport, RJNH, Hamamatsu, Japan (66 miles)
- Kobe Airport, RJBE, UKB, Kobe, Japan (76 miles)
- Kansai International Airport, RJBB, KIX, Osaka, Japan (79 miles)
- Fukui Airport, RJNF, FKJ, Fukui-Honshu, Japan (91 miles)
- Shizuhama Airport, RJNY, Shizuhama, Japan (100 miles)
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Sebastian Vettel at the 2009 Japanese Grand Prix. Picture Source.
Formula 1 Grand Prix racing started in 1950 with seven races in Europe. Since then, the number of races has more than doubled, spilling over several continents. While the number varies, most years 16 or 17 races decide the world champion.
One of the top scandals in Formula 1 history took place years ago in the 191-mile Suzuka race, in which drivers make 53 laps on the 3.6-mile circuit.
Two of Formula 1’s biggest names and rivals, Frenchman Alain Prost and Brazilian Ayrton Senna, were teammates, driving for McLaren. Prost was seen as the cerebral one of the pair; Senna, the rich-kid, ruthless race car driver. They hated each other.
In the 1989 Suzuka race, Prost, incensed by what he called Senna’s dangerous passing maneuvers, veered his car into the path of his teammate, taking both cars out of the race. The next year, Senna returned the gesture by slamming into Prost’s car, once again taking both cars out of the race. Coincidentally, or maybe not, each year’s winner – determined by points – was the driver who caused the accident.
It is an easy car or train ride to the circuit from any of those airports.
Once to the Suzuka Circuit, race fans never really have to leave. It’s a city unto itself with the Motopia theme park, hot springs, golf courses, hotels and about as many restaurants as there are countries represented at the race.
Once there, you can visit places like:
- The Buddist temple of Sensoji: Built in 645 AD, it is one of the city’s most colorful temples. Legend has it that two brothers fished a statue of Kannon, the goddess of mercy, out of the Sumida River. And regardless of how many times they tried to put her back, she would always return to them. The temple was built for her.
- The Tokyo Skytree: The 2,080-foot broadcast tower is the tallest in the world. Visitors can take a tour to an observation deck where they can look straight down over 1,000 feet.
- Tokyo Disneyland: The first Disney theme outside the U.S. opened in 1983. It is said to combine the best of California’s Disneyland and Florida’s Disney World.
Picture Source: "2012 Japanese GP opening lap" by Morio - Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Commons.