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Formula One Championship enters Japan towards the business end of the Championship year. Since it is among the last few events in the Championship, the points and performances become incredibly crucial in deciding the Formula 1 Championship. It would be fair to say that the Japanese Grand Prix can play a decisive role in deciding the race to F1 Championship.

The Japanese Grand Prix has been taking place at the Suzuka Circuit since 2009.  Bet on the big race.An interesting statistical figure suggests that the Japanese Grand Prix has played the decisive role in 13 out of the 34 Championships it has been a part of. So, if a racer has his eyes set on the Formula 1 Championship, he must prepare well for the Japanese Grand Prix.


History and Events:

The Japanese Grand Prix was first held in 1963 as a sports car racing event. It became a part of the Formula One Championship in 1976. Until now, the racing event has been held 45 times. Till 1999, it remained the only Formula One event scheduled in Asia.


Circuits:

Over the years, the Grand Prix has been held at Fuji Speedway and the Suzuka Circuit. Both have had their historical significance and distinctive characteristics. Since 2009, it has only been held at the Suzuka Circuit as Toyota pulled out because of financial constraints. The event is scheduled to take place at the Suzuka Circuit till at least 2024.


Suzuka:

The Circuit is operated by Mobilityland Cooperation, which is a subsidiary of Honda. The Circuit is among the country's most dangerous circuits and features high-speed corners that are tough to master. Only the best in the world have been able to master the Circuit. Another way of putting it could be that those who have mastered the Circuit have gone on to become the best in the world.


Length and Laps:

The Circuit length is about 5.807km, while the total race length is 307.471 km. The race involves a total of 53 Laps around the Grand Prix circuit.


Past Winners - Top Drivers:

Among drivers, the most number of Formula One Championships have been won by Michael Schumacher and Sir Lewis Hamilton. The racers hold the record for most (7) F1 Championships.


Michael Schumacher:

Michael Schumacher has won the Japanese Grand Prix on a record six occasions. He won it in 1995, 1997, 2000, 2001, 2002, and 2004. Among these, only 1997 was not his championship year. Thus, the Japanese Grand Prix titles contributed decisive points to his Championship journey on 5 of the six times.


Sir Lewis Hamilton:

Similarly, the second on the list of most victories at the Japanese Grand Prix is Sir Lewis Hamilton, who won the Japanese Grand Prix in 2007, 2014, 2015, 2017, and 2018. As one would expect, Hamilton won the Formula One Championship in all of these years of winning the Japanese Grand Prix.


Hamilton's Record:

Lewis Hamilton holds the record for the fastest lap in the Japanese Grand Prix. He registered a time of 1:30.983 for the fastest lap.

In addition to the two all-time greats, the Spanish legend Sebastian Vettel won the Japanese Grand Prix four times in 2009, 2010, 2012, and 2013.


Top Constructors:

Among Engine constructors, McLaren has succeeded at the Japanese Grand Prix on a record 9 times with victories in 1977, 1988, 1991, 1993, 1998, 1999, 2005, 2007, and 2011. Ferrari won it seven times. They emerged victorious in 1987, 1997, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, and 2004. Mercedes won it six consecutive times between 2014 and 2019. Red bull won it four times while Benton and Williams won it three times.

Porche, Nissan, March, Lotus, and Renault have all won it twice.


Engine Manufacturers:

Among Engine manufacturers, Mercedes leads the charts with 11 title-winning years. Renault has succeeded on 10 occasions while Ford won it 8 times. Ferrari won 7 while BMW and Honda managed only 3 and 2 titles, respectively.


2022 Honda Japanese Grand Prix:

The 2022 Honda Japanese Grand Prix is scheduled between the 7th and 9th of October 2022. The first day will include practice races, while the last day will feature the Final Race.

Let's see how the Japanese Grand Prix impacts the Formula One Championship this year.


Event Details:

Venue: Suzuka Circuit
Date: October 7-9