E s is a Grand Prix, That the entire paddock is looking forward to: journalists, photographers, engineers, team bosses - and above all the drivers. The Suzuka circuit is one of the most exciting of the year. It challenges the pilots everywhere: the famous S-curves in the first section, 'Esses' for short; the complicated Degner curves and the long spoon curve with its two apexes in the second section; the 130R on the last of the 5,807 kilometers of the route.
In between there are curves of various types: fast corners like curve one. Elongated arcs like curve seven. Or slow passages like the hairpin or the last chicane. Suzuka is one of the fastest railways. The fastest cars reach an average speed of around 240 km /h with empty tanks. Sebastian Vettel sums it up: “For me it is the best route of the year. Suzuka is an original. This track gives me the best feeling. The way you throw the car from one corner into the next is incredible. There are a couple of curves with iconic names. It's just great here. “
Training pictures in the gallery
Suzuka is one of the old-school routes without large parking areas. Driving errors are usually punished. Fernando Alonso got off lightly in the first training session. The Spaniard slipped off the track in the first Degner corner. His off-road insert through the gravel bed ended without impact. The drivers sounded out the limit on training Friday. Pierre Gasly slipped off the track at the exit of turn three. Sergio Perez turned in the last few metersa quick lap. A couple of drivers got off the racing line in the chicane and chose the emergency exit.
The first fastest time of the weekend went to Lewis Hamilton. Ferrari has to stretch. Both title rivals traveled to Suzuka without any updates. In general, there is little to report on the technology front. McLaren drove aerodynamic runs on Friday morning and covered the MCL33 of substitute pilot Lando Norris with FloViz paint. Renault clamped two large measuring grids in front of the rear wheels of Carlos Sainz's car. And Toro Rosso hung a large garden fence with small pitot pipes on the rear of Brendon Hartley's racing car.
In our photo show we show you the training highlights from Suzuka.