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Japanese Grand Prix

Formula 1 auto race held in Japan

The Japanese Grand Prix is a race the FIA Formula One World Championship calendar. Usually, this race is one of the last races of the season.

Flag of Japan.svg Japanese Grand Prix
Suzuka Circuit
Circuit Suzuka.png
Race information
Laps 53
Circuit length 5.807 km (3.608 mi)
Race length 307.573 km (191.117 mi)
Number of times held 36
First held 1963, First F1-1976
Most wins (drivers) Italy Michael Schumacher (6)
Most wins (constructors) United Kingdom McLaren (8)
Last race (2010):
Pole position Sebastian Vettel
Red Bull-Renault
Podium 1. Germany Sebastian Vettel
Red Bull-Renault
1h 30m 27.3231s
2. Australia Mark Webber
Red Bull-Renault
3. Spain Fernando Alonso
Fastest lap Australia Mark Webber
Red Bull-Renault

The Japanese Grand Prix has been hosted by both the Fuji Speedway and the Suzuka Circuit. Fuji Speedway is owned by Toyota and Suzuka Circuit is owned by their rival Honda. In July 2009, Toyota announced it would not host the race at Fuji Speedway in 2010 and beyond due to a downturn in the global economy.[1]


Inaugural racesEdit

The first Formula 1 Japanese Grand Prix, in 1976, was held at the Fuji Speedway, west of Yokohama. The race was to become famous for the battle between James Hunt and Niki Lauda for the championship. The race was held during monsoon rain conditions. Lauda had survived a near-fatal crash at the German Grand Prix earlier in the season. He withdrew from the Japanese Grand Prix fearing for his safety. Hunt finished third, and ended up winning championship by a margin of one point.

Hunt returned to win the second Japanese Grand Prix. There was a collision between Gilles Villeneuve and Ronnie Peterson in the race. Villeneuve's Ferrari flew off the track and killed two spectators.[2] The Japanese Grand Prix did not return to Formula One for another decade.

Return to Japan at SuzukaEdit

Formula One returned to Japan in 1987. This time, it was hosted by the Suzuka Circuit, south west of Nagoya. The circuit was set inside a amusement park, and owned by Honda. Honda used the circuit as a test track. The Suzuka circuit was the first figure-eight race track in F1. One section of the track passes over the other on a bridge.

Alternating between Suzuka and FujiEdit

The FIA announced on 24 March 24 2006 that future races will again be held at Fuji Speedway. Fuji had been redesigned by Hermann Tilke.[3]

Formula One announced On 8 September 2007, that Fuji will alternate hosting the Japanese Grand Prix with Suzuka. This will start in 2009.[4]

Fuji Speedway withdrawsEdit

In July 2009, Toyota cited a global economic slump as the reason that the Japanese Grand Prix would not return to Fuji Speedway in 2010 and beyond. The speedway argued, according to the Associated Press, that "continuing to host F1 races could threaten the survival of the company." As a result, the 2010 Grand Prix will be held at Suzuka.[5]


Fuji Television Japanese Grand Prix 1987-2009

Winners of the Japanese Grand PrixEdit

Repeat winners (drivers)Edit

Number of wins Driver Years
6   Michael Schumacher 1995, 1997, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2004
2   Motoharu Kurosawa 1969, 1973
  Gerhard Berger 1987, 1991
  Ayrton Senna 1988, 1993
  Damon Hill 1994, 1996
  Mika Häkkinen 1998, 1999
  Fernando Alonso 2006, 2008
  Sebastian Vettel 2009, 2010

Active drivers are in bold.
Event that were not part of the Formula One World Championship have a pink background.

Repeat winners (constructors)Edit

# of wins Constructor Years won
8   McLaren 1977, 1988, 1991, 1993, 1998, 1999, 2005, 2007
7   Ferrari 1987, 1997, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004
3   Benetton 1989, 1990, 1995
  Williams 1992, 1994, 1996
2   Porsche 1964, 1967
  Nissan 1968, 1969
  Lotus 1963, 1976
  Renault 2006, 2008
  Red Bull 2009, 2010

Active teams are in bold.
Event that were not part of the Formula One World Championship have a pink background.

By yearEdit

Year Driver Constructor Location
2010   Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault Suzuka
2009   Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault Suzuka
2008   Fernando Alonso Renault Fuji
2007   Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes Fuji
2006   Fernando Alonso Renault Suzuka
2005   Kimi Räikkönen McLaren-Mercedes Suzuka
2004   Michael Schumacher Ferrari Suzuka
2003   Rubens Barrichello Ferrari Suzuka
2002   Michael Schumacher Ferrari Suzuka
2001   Michael Schumacher Ferrari Suzuka
2000   Michael Schumacher Ferrari Suzuka
1999   Mika Häkkinen McLaren-Mercedes Suzuka
1998   Mika Häkkinen McLaren-Mercedes Suzuka
1997   Michael Schumacher Ferrari Suzuka
1996   Damon Hill Williams-Renault Suzuka
1995   Michael Schumacher Benetton-Renault Suzuka
1994   Damon Hill Williams-Renault Suzuka
1993   Ayrton Senna McLaren-Ford Suzuka
1992   Riccardo Patrese Williams-Renault Suzuka
1991   Gerhard Berger McLaren-Honda Suzuka
1990   Nelson Piquet Benetton-Ford Suzuka
1989   Alessandro Nannini Benetton-Ford Suzuka
1988   Ayrton Senna McLaren-Honda Suzuka
1987   Gerhard Berger Ferrari Suzuka

Not held
1977   James Hunt McLaren-Ford Fuji
1976   Mario Andretti Lotus-Ford Fuji
1976   Jacques Laffite BMW Fuji
1975   Masahiro Hasemi March Fuji
1974 Not held
1973   Motoharu Kurosawa March Fuji
1972   John Surtees Surtees Fuji
1971   Kuniomi Nagamatsu Mitsubishi Fuji
1970 Not held
1969   Motoharu Kurosawa Nissan Fuji
1968   Moto Kitano Nissan Fuji
1967   Tetsu Ikuzawa Porsche Fuji
1966   Yoshikazu Sunako Prince Fuji
1965 Not held
1964   Soukichi Shikiba Porsche Suzuka
1963   Peter Warr Lotus-Cosworth Suzuka

Event that were not part of the Formula One World Championship have a pink background.



  1. Kato, Taku (2009-07-07). "Toyota's Fuji Speedway Cancels Formula One Grand Prix From 2010". BLOOMBERG L.P. Retrieved 2010-08-10.
  2. Tomlin, Jim (2005-06-11). "Major incidents of fan deaths". St. Petersbrg Times. St. Petersburg Times. Retrieved 2010-08-10.
  3. "Suzuka loses Japanese GP to Fuji". BBC News. 2006-03-24. Retrieved 2010-05-05.
  4. "Japanese Grand Prix to alternate between Fuji and Suzuka". Formula One Administration Ltd. 2007-10-08. Retrieved 2010-08-10.
  5. "Toyota to pull out of hosting 2010 Japan GP". Mainichi Daily News. 2009-07-07. Retrieved 2009-07-07.

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