Time zone: BST +8 / CET +7
Suzuka is 9,590km (5,959 miles) from the McLaren Technology Centre.
With the Japanese Grand Prix taking place a week after Malaysia, time is of the essence. The team is catching a charter flight from Kuala Lumpur to Nagoya on the Monday between the two races; it will then travel from Nagoya to the hotel in Suzuka by coach.
Biggest travel headache?
Every member of the team is required to have a visa, which increases the work load of the travel office.
More than 70 per cent of Japan is mountainous. The landscape includes more than 200 volcanoes, the highest of which is Mount Fuji (3,776 metres). Situated at the base of Mt Fuji is Fuji Speedway, which staged the Japanese Grand Prix in 1976/’77 and 2007/’08.
Japan has more Michelin-starred restaurants than France, so it will come as no surprise that there are many culinary delights awaiting fans. Traditional Japanese cuisine is based around rice with miso soup; to make miso, all you need is some cubed tofu, soy sauce, miso paste and spring onions.
When in Rome…
The Motopia theme park and Kur Garden Hot Springs are located within the confines of Suzuka Circuit. However, if you want to explore beyond the realms of the track, the delights of Japan’s former capital, Kyoto, are only 90km/55 miles away. You could also visit one of Japan’s 21 racetracks or visit Tokyo, the largest metropolitan area in the world and home to more than 36 million people.
Average daytime temperatures in October are 21 degrees and there’s a 35 per cent chance of rain. Humidity is relatively high, making this a tough physical challenge for the drivers.
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If you were to visit only one attraction in the city where would it be?
I would recommend the unique Robot Restaurant. This is like no other restaurant with regular performances by robot dancers and other mystical creatures!
What is your top tip for people visiting Tokyo?
Ensure you have a “PASMO” or “Suica” card, which is pre-paid transportation card for easy travel. It can be used for all mode of transport (including train, subway, taxi and bus). Many shops including convenience stores accept those cards as well.
Where would you see the best view of Tokyo?
The best view of the city is definitely from the purpose built Tokyo City View. From the observatory and outside Sky Deck located on the top of the building, you can enjoy 360 degrees of fantastic Tokyo city including the symbol of Tokyo “Tokyo tower and Sky tree”.
Which location sums up the Tokyo lifestyle best?
I would say it is impossible to pick just one location that represents Tokyo! If I were to choose three places, it would be the fashion district of Harajuku, Shibuya which is a bustling part of the city and the nightlife are of Roppongi.
Describe Tokyo in 3 words.
Clean, punctual and high-tech.