The team take on Suzuka's challenging figure of eight circuit at this weekend's Japanese Grand Prix. Find out more about this exciting track and its many fabled corners.
|Track length||5.807km/3.608 miles (5th longest track of the year – longest: Spa-Francorchamps, shortest: Monaco)|
|2016 pole position||Nico Rosberg, 1m30.647s|
|2016 fastest lap||Sebastian Vettel 1m35.118s (lap 36)|
|Lap record||1:31.540s (Kimi Raikkonen, 2005)|
|Distance to Turn One||350m/0.217 miles (longest of season: Barcelona 730m/0.454 miles)|
|Longest straight||900m/0.559 miles, on the approach to Turn 16 (longest of the season: Baku, 2.1km/1.305 miles)|
|Top speed||320km/h/199mph, on the approach to Turn 16 (fastest of season: Monza, 360km/h/224mph)|
|Full throttle||65 per cent (highest of the season: Monza, 75 per cent). The longest period of full throttle is 16s, on the approach to Turn 16|
|Fuel consumption||1.8kg per lap, which is average|
|ERS demands||Medium. With only one heavy braking zone, into Turn 16, it’s a challenge to harvest enough braking energy around the lap|
|Gear changes||42 per lap/2,226 per race|
Only one of Suzuka’s 17 corners is taken at less than 100km/h/62mph. As a result, a good high-speed balance is important. To be fast, a driver needs a stable rear end and a responsive front end.
How to tell when a driver's really on it
The high-speed changes of direction require smooth and precise steering inputs, which often mean the fastest guys are usually the smoothest.
Trickiest bits for the driver
Sector One is a huge challenge because all seven corners – known as the Esses – are very fast and are inter-linked. A mistake through one corner will compromise the others. Also, braking for Degner One is tricky because there’s a bump on the racing line.
Medium downforce and stiff suspension. As was the case at Sepang last weekend, Suzuka is a smooth circuit. That allows the engineers to stiffen the car and lower the front end, all in search of high-speed grip.
High. The asphalt is grippy and the high speeds produce high levels of downforce.
Red Supersoft, yellow Soft and white Medium compounds – the eighth time this combination has been used in 2017.
Low. Only 10 per cent of the lap is spent braking.
Tips if you're a gamer
Suzuka is narrow and fast, and it’s a track at which mistakes are punished. You need to keep it clean and smooth in order to be fast. The trickiest part of the lap, and a place where a lot of time can be won and lost, is in Sector One. The corners come thick and fast and you don’t want to use the kerbs aggressively because you risk being knocked off-line. Turn Six, an uphill right-hander, is the trickiest of these corners because you have options: one late apex, or a double apex?