Formula One

Formula One - Japanese Grand Prix Preview

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DATE: Sunday, Oct. 5
SITE: Suzuka Circuit -- Suzuka City, Japan
TRACK: 5.807 km (3.608 miles), 18-turn road course
CAPACITY: 100,000+
ANNUAL: 30th
TELEVISION: NBC Sports Network
START TIME: 2 a.m. (ET
QUALIFYING TIME: Saturday, Oct. 4/1 a.m. ET
DEFENDING CHAMPION: Sebastian Vettel
RUNNER-UP: Mark Webber
POLE WINNER: Mark Webber (finished 2)
LAPS: 53
MILES: 191.117 (307.471 km)
QUALIFYING RECORD: Felipe Massa, 2006 (1 min., 29.599 secs.)
RACE RECORD: Fernando Alonso, 2006 (1 hr., 23 mins., 53.413 secs.)
 
2013 Finish
FinishDriverStartFinishDriverStart
1Sebastian Vettel26Nico Hulkenberg7
2Mark Webber17Esteban Gutierrez14
3Romain Grosjean48Nico Rosberg6
4Fernando Alonso89Jenson Button10
5Kimi Raikkonen910Felipe Massa5
2013 Japanese Grand Prix Facts and Figures
AVERAGE SPEED: 212.484 kph
TIME OF RACE: 1 hr., 26 mins., 49.301 secs.
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 7.129 secs.
CARS RUNNING AT FINISH: 19
CARS ON FINAL LAP: 11
FASTEST LAP: Mark Webber, 1:34.587, Lap 44
POLE WINNER: Mark Webber (1:30.915)
Past Japanese Grand Prix Winners (Starting Position) Car -- Speed
2013 -- Sebastian Vettel (2) -- Red Bull-Renault -- 212.484 kph/1:26:49.301
2012 -- Sebastian Vettel (1) -- Red Bull-Renault -- 207.429 kph/1:28:56.242
2011 -- Jenson Button (2) -- McLaren-Mercedes -- 202.972 kph/1:30:53.427
2010 -- Sebastian Vettel (1) -- Red Bull-Renault -- 203.948 kph/1:30:27.323
2009 -- Sebastian Vettel (1) -- Red Bull-Renault -- 208.900 kph/1:28:20.443
2008 -- Fernando Alonso (4) -- Renault -- 202.788 kph/1:30:21.892
2007 -- Lewis Hamilton (1) -- McLaren-Mercedes -- 151.978 kph/2:00:34.579
2006 -- Fernando Alonso (5) -- Renault -- 219.982 kph/1:23:53.413
2005 -- Kimi Raikkonen (17) -- McLaren-Mercedes -- 207.266 kph/1:29:02.212
2004 -- Michael Schumacher (1) -- Ferrari -- 218.524 kph/1:24:26.985
2003 -- Rubens Barrichello (1) -- Ferrari -- 217.136 kph/1:25:11.743
2002 -- Michael Schumacher (1) -- Ferrari -- 1:26:59.698
2001 -- Michael Schumacher (1) -- Ferrari -- 1:27:33.298
2000 -- Michael Schumacher (1) -- Ferrari -- 1:29:53.435
1999 -- Mika Hakkinen (2) -- McLaren-Mercedes -- 1:31:18.785
1998 -- Mika Hakkinen (2) -- McLaren-Mercedes -- 1:27:22.535
1997 -- Michael Schumacher (2) -- Ferrari -- 1:29:48.446
1996 -- Damon Hill (2) -- Williams-Renault -- 1:32:33.791
1995 -- Michael Schumacher (1) -- Benetton-Renault -- 1:36:52.930
1994 -- Damon Hill (2) -- Williams-Renault -- 1:55:53.532
1993 -- Ayrton Senna (2) -- McLaren-Ford -- 1:40:27.912
1992 -- Riccardo Patrese (2) -- Williams-Renault -- 1:33:09.533
1991 -- Gerhard Berger (1) -- McLaren-Honda -- 1:32:10.695
1990 -- Nelson Piquet (6) -- Benetton-Ford -- 1:34:36.824
1989 -- Alessandro Nannini (6) -- Benetton-Ford -- 1:35:06.277
1988 -- Ayrton Senna (1) -- McLaren-Honda -- 1:33:26.173
1987 -- Gerhard Berger (1) -- Ferrari -- 1:32:58.072
1986 -- Not Held
1985 -- Not Held
1984 -- Not Held
1983 -- Not Held
1982 -- Not Held
1981 -- Not Held
1980 -- Not Held
1979 -- Not Held
1978 -- Not Held
1977 -- James Hunt (2) -- McLaren-Ford -- 1:31:51.68
1976 -- Mario Andretti (1) -- Lotus-Ford -- 1:43:58.86
 
NOTE: Race was 50 laps in 1997, 51 laps in 1998 and 1987-88, 52 laps in 1996,
73 laps in 1976-77.
 
Past Japanese Grand Prix Pole Winners (Finish)
2013 -- Mark Webber -- 2
2012 -- Sebastian Vettel -- 1
2011 -- Sebastian Vettel -- 3
2010 -- Sebastian Vettel -- 1
2009 -- Sebastian Vettel -- 1
2008 -- Lewis Hamilton -- 12
2007 -- Lewis Hamilton -- 1
2006 -- Felipe Massa -- 2
2005 -- Ralf Schumacher -- 8
2004 -- Michael Schumacher -- 1
2003 -- Rubens Barrichello -- 1
2002 -- Michael Schumacher -- 1
2001 -- Michael Schumacher -- 1
2000 -- Michael Schumacher -- 1
1999 -- Michael Schumacher -- 2
1998 -- Michael Schumacher -- 14
1997 -- Jacques Villeneuve -- DQ
1996 -- Jacques Villeneuve -- 16
1995 -- Michael Schumacher -- 1
1994 -- Michael Schumacher -- 2
1993 -- Alain Prost -- 2
1992 -- Nigel Mansell -- 16
1991 -- Gerhard Berger -- 1
1990 -- Ayrton Senna -- 23
1989 -- Ayrton Senna -- DQ
1988 -- Ayrton Senna -- 1
1987 -- Gerhard Berger -- 1
1986 -- Not Held
1985 -- Not Held
1984 -- Not Held
1983 -- Not Held
1982 -- Not Held
1981 -- Not Held
1980 -- Not Held
1979 -- Not Held
1978 -- Not Held
1977 -- Mario Andretti -- 21
1976 -- Mario Andretti -- 1
Last Race Results
RACE: Singapore Grand Prix (September 21)
SITE: Marina Bay Street Circuit -- Singapore
LAPS: 60
MILES: 191.158 (308.828 km)
WINNER: Lewis Hamilton
RUNNER-UP: Sebastian Vettel
THIRD: Daniel Ricciardo
FOURTH: Fernando Alonso
FIFTH: Felipe Massa
POLE WINNER: Lewis Hamilton (finished 1)
TIME OF RACE: 2 hrs., 0 mins., 4.795 secs.
AVERAGE SPEED: 151.780 kph
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 13.534 secs.
Japanese Grand Prix Entry List
CarDriver, HometownCar/Name
1 *Sebastian Vettel (Heppenheim, Germ)Red Bull Racing-Renault
3Daniel Ricciardo (Perth, Australia)Red Bull Racing-Renault
4Jules Bianchi (Nice, France)Marussia-Ferrari
6Nico Rosberg (Wiesbaden, Germany)Mercedes
7Kimi Raikkonen (Espoo, Finland)Ferrari
8Romain Grosjean (Geneva,Switzerland)Lotus-Renault
9Marcus Ericsson (Kumla, Sweden)Caterham-Renault
10Kamui Kobayashi (Hyogo, Japan)Caterham-Renault
11Sergio Perez (Guadalajara, Mexico)Force India-Mercedes
13Pastor Maldonado (Maracay,Venezuela)Lotus-Renault
14Fernando Alonso (Oviedo, Spain)Ferrari
17Jules Bianchi (Nice, France)Marussia-Ferrari
19Felipe Massa (Sao Paulo, Brazil)Williams-Mercedes
20Kevin Magnussen (Roskilde, Denmark)McLaren-Mercedes
21Esteban Gutierrez (Monterrey, Mexico)Sauber-Ferrari
22Jenson Button (Frome, England)McLaren-Mercedes
25Jean-Eric Vergne (Pontoise, France)Toro Rosso-Renault
26Daniil Kvyat (Bashkortostan, Russia)Toro Rosso-Renault
27Nico Hulkenberg (Emmerich, Germany)Force India-Mercedes
44Lewis Hamilton (Stevenage, England)Mercedes
77Valtteri Bottas (Nastola, Finland)Williams-Mercedes
99Adrian Sutil (Starnberg, Germany)Sauber-Ferrari
 
* - defending champion.
 
Leading Contenders (Finish the last nine years)
Driver200520062007200820092010201120122013
Sebastian Vettel------Ret6WonWon3WonWon
Fernando Alonso3WonRetWon1032Ret4
Kimi RaikkonenWon5334------65
Nico Rosberg---10Ret1151710Ret8
Jenson Button54111484Won49
Felipe Massa10267---Ret7210
Daniel Ricciardo------------------221013
Valtteri Bottas------------------------17
Lewis Hamilton------Won123555Ret
 
Mover of the Week
Sergio Perez - started 15 and finished 7
 
Sports Network Selections
Pick to Win - Lewis Hamilton
Last Week's Pick to Win (Daniel Ricciardo) - finished 3
 
NOTES:
The Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka Circuit is the 15th round on the 2014 Formula One calendar.

Suzuka has hosted all but four of the 29 previous Japanese GPs. The race was held at Fuji Speedway from 1976-77 and 2007-08. Fuji owners Toyota pulled out of hosting the Japanese GP after '08, and it returned to Suzuka.

Michael Schumacher holds the record for most Japanese GP victories with six (1995, '97, 2000-02 and '04). Sebastian Vettel has the second most wins in this race with four (2009, '10, '12 and '13).

McLaren leads all constructors with nine wins in the Japanese GP. Jenson Button gave the team its most recent victory in this race in 2011. Ferrari has the second most wins in Japan with seven.

Round 16 in this year's F1 world championship is the inaugural running of the Russian Grand Prix on Oct. 12 in Sochi, Russia.

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