2022 Japanese Grand Prix - Preview

2022 Japanese Grand Prix - Preview

Formula One is back at Suzuka for Round 18 of the 2022 season – the Japanese Grand Prix

  • Toto Talks Japan
  • Fact File: Japanese Grand Prix
  • Stat Attack: Japan and Beyond

Toto Talks Japan

It was a very difficult Sunday for us in Singapore. There were still some positives to take because we saw glimpses of the car’s pace and potential. But we couldn’t convert that into points in the race itself, although the car showed it was competitive in free air.

We’ve had plenty to debrief and analyse over the past few days and many learnings to take forward. Thankfully we can move quickly onto the next race and a new challenge for us to tackle.

Our target is to rebuild the momentum we had before Singapore and capitalise on the positive underlying performance of the car. There are still five opportunities to score good points and end the year strongly. Suzuka will give our package some challenges, and it will be hard to repeat the qualifying performance we saw in Singapore – but I hope that will be balanced out with a stronger Sunday afternoon.

F1 hasn’t been to Japan since 2019 and the team is really looking forward to being back. It’s such a special track; one of the most challenging for both man and machine. And we’ve missed all the brilliant Japanese fans, too.

Fact File: Japanese Grand Prix

  • Suzuka is unique for being the only figure-of-eight track configuration on the calendar – the section after the Degner Curve passes under the straight leading to 130R. Because of this, it’s also the only F1 track that runs both clockwise and anticlockwise.
  • This figure-of-eight layout is beneficial for tyre wear, with a more even balance between left and right-hand corners (10 being right-handers and eight being left-handers) distributing load more equally between tyres.
  • The first corner doesn’t require any braking on entry and in Qualifying, drivers don’t hit the brakes until the car is cornering at close to 5G – therefore generating some of the highest steering wheel torques of the season.
  • The steering wheel is moving continuously during almost all of the first sector of the lap. From Turn 1 until the exit of Turn 7, the drivers are constantly cornering for around 2km of the lap.
  • Most of the 5.807 km lap in Suzuka is spent with some lateral g-force going through the car and in fact, just 1.2 km of the lap is spent driving in a straight line. The lack of straights also mean it is the only track other than Monaco to feature just one DRS zone.
  • 130R is one of F1’s quickest corners, taken at 285 km/h, while Turn 11 is one of the slowest, at just 70 km/h.
  • The braking zone for Turn 11 is challenging because the drivers are mid-way through the fast Turn 10 when they hit the brakes. They are cornering at around 3.5G when they start applying the brakes, while turning right and then left for the hairpin. This is why lockups are so common at this section of track.
  • Suzuka is a very technical track, where a good flow is required because most corners are interconnected. One mistake will impact the next couple of turns.
  • It has one of the highest mass sensitivities of the season, which means carrying more fuel will be more penalising in terms of lap time and performance.
  • Whereas in Singapore, the brakes are punished, in Suzuka this is the complete opposite and there are only two real braking points on the track. Therefore, it is one of the lowest of the season for brake duty and wear.

Stat Attack: Japan and Beyond

2022 Japanese Grand Prix Timetable

Session

Local Time

(JST)

Brackley

(BST)

Stuttgart

(CEST)

Practice 1 – Friday

12:00-13:00

04:00-05:00

05:00-06:00

Practice 2 - Friday

15:00-16:30

07:00-08:30

08:00-09:00

Practice 3 - Saturday

12:00-13:00

04:00-05:00

05:00-06:00

Qualifying - Saturday

15:00-16:00

07:00-08:00

08:00-09:00

Race - Sunday

14:00-16:00

06:00-08:00

08:00-10:00

Race Records – Mercedes F1 at the Japanese Grand Prix

Starts

Wins

Podium

Places

Pole

Positions

Front Row

Places

Fastest

Laps

DNF

Mercedes

10

6

11

5

9

4

2

Lewis

Hamilton

13

5

8

4

7

4

1

George
Russell

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

MB Power

26

11

26

7

16

8

12

Technical Stats – Season to Date (Barcelona Pre-Season Track Session to Present)

Laps

Completed

Distance

Covered (km)

Corners

Taken

Gear

Changes

PETRONAS

Fuel Injections

Mercedes

5,654

28,849

90,815

279,514

226,160,000

Lewis

Hamilton

2,752

13,796

44,324

135,743

110,080,000

George
Russell

2,879

14,466

46,146

142,805

115,160,000

MB Power

21,068

106,387

338,426

1,036,166

842,720,000

Mercedes-Benz in Formula One

Starts

Wins

Podium

Places

Pole

Positions

Front Row

Places

Fastest

Laps

1-2

Finishes

Front Row

Lockouts

Mercedes

(All Time)

266

124

277

136

252

97

58

80

Mercedes (Since 2010)

254

115

260

128

232

88

53

78

Lewis

Hamilton

305

103

188

103

173

61

N/A

N/A

George
Russell

77

0

8

1

4

2

N/A

N/A

MB Power

536

212

557

221

437

195

90

117

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