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GP Japan 2010 - Breakfast program with action guaranteed

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GP Japan 2010 - The preview of Suzuka
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M it the GP Japan turns the most exciting formula 1 season ever hit the home straight on the weekend. The championship is still completely open four races before the end of the season: with Mark Webber, Fernando Alonso, Sebastian Vettel, Lewis Hamilton and defending champion Jenson Button, five drivers continue to fight for the world title. The top quintet is only separated from the overall standings by a single victory.

The crazy season has shown several times that the picture at the top of the table can turn very quickly. The demanding track in Suzuka is always good for a surprise. As if the racing weekend weren't already exciting enough due to the World Cup constellation, initial weather forecasts also show that rain could add extra flavor to the game. So it is definitely worth moving breakfast in front of the TV on Sunday morning (starting time 8.00 a.m.).

Even behind the top five drivers there are still exciting battles in the classification. Renault continues to fight bitterly against Mercedes for fourth place in the team classification. Michael Schumacher tries to regain ninth place in the driver class in a duel with Adrian Sutil at the Japanese GP. The local fans are also back in suspense: after there was no Nippon pilot at the start last year, the audience can now cheer on two local heroes. Kamui Kobayashi drives his first race for Sauber in Suzuka. HRT driver Sakon Yamamoto was last in action for Spyker on the traditional circuit in 2006.

The track: Suzuka Circuit

The 5.807 kilometer long Suzuka Circuit is still one of the few traditional racetracks on the calendar . The Dutch architect John Hugenholtz, who also designed the Motodrom in Hockenheim, had some spectacular passages built into the course in 1962, which is the only one that crosses on the calendar. The highlight of the route is certainly the ultra-fast, five-fold S-curve at the beginning of the lap. If you only make a small mistake here, you lose several tenths. The elongated spoon corner and the Degner double-right combination, which was the undoing of many pilots last year, are also challenging.

The 130 R left bend was also one of the previous years Highlights of the route. Thanks to improved downforce and grip values, drivers are now fully on the accelerator at 310 km /h when it comes to cornering. The pilotsare pressed against the right cockpit wall with up to 4g. It will be exciting to see whether the drivers can make it through the high-speed curve with full tanks at the beginning of the race without lifting. No one can afford to make mistakes in Suzuka. Instead of spacious asphalt run-off zones, there are only gravel beds lurking behind the curbs, from which there is hardly any escape.

The vote for the GP Japan:

The many long full-throttle passages require less downforce from the cars than usual. The full throttle share is above average at 71 percent. In Suzuka, the most important thing is the efficiency of the cars. The engineers therefore have to find a good compromise between drag and downforce so that the cars can get through corners and straight lines quickly at the same time. An important aid is the F-shaft, with which the driver can paralyze the rear wing on the full throttle passages and thus ensure more top speed.

The updates in Suzuka:

The three top teams Red Bull, McLaren and Ferrari will make minor modifications to every race as they did before. McLaren has announced the biggest step. In Suzuka, a completely new rear end including wing makes its debut in order to produce more downforce in fast corners. There are also new parts at Williams. After only Rubens Barrichello was allowed to drive with the new underbody in Singapore, Nico H├╝lkenberg now also benefits from the last update. In addition, the team announced new brake ventilation. In the fight against Force India, Williams wants to take sixth place in the team standings.

The Suzuka favorites:

Last year's Japan winner is also the favorite for this race Season. Sebastian Vettel was the fastest man in Singapore recently and had to give way to Fernando Alonso after a small mistake in qualifying. Suzuka's fast corners should give the Red Bull car a clear advantage over the competition. World Cup leader Mark Webber should also be able to cope better with the fast passages in Japan than with the angular stop and go course in Singapore. Anything but a double victory for the two bulls would be a big surprise.

In the battle between McLaren and Ferrari, the Japanese GP should only be about third place on the podium. However, this season the Italians have not yet been able to show that they have shed their weakness in fast corners. Suzuka is similar in layout to the Spa circuit. There, too, McLaren was ahead of Ferrari. However, the Alonso factor should not be underestimated on a drivingly demanding track like Suzuka.

In the midfield it will be very close, as it was recently. Williams had the fourth best car behind the top three teams in the past few races. Mercedes and Renault fight behind them in a direct duel for fourth place in the team standings. The fans will be keeping a close eye againMichael Schumacher throw. The record champion was able to win six times in Suzuka. More often than anyone else. Should he receive another clap from teammate Nico Rosberg in Japan, the criticism will increase again.

You also have to keep an eye on Sauber and Force India when awarding the points. Force India was already fast in Spa and should theoretically be well positioned for the Japanese GP. Kamui Kobayashi and Nick Heidfeld drive for Sauber. While the Japanese want to offer their audience a good show, the German in Suzuka is about to successfully apply for a new cockpit for 2011.

Expert opinion: Robert Kubica (Renault)

'Suzuka is the most demanding circuit and it's just fast, very fast. If you just look at the number of corners that are taken in fourth gear or higher, these are certainly the most on the calendar. The first sector is incredible The 'Esses' curves are like a roller coaster where the G-forces switch from one side to the other. It is difficult to keep the right line. If you make a mistake in a curve, it affects you for a long time There are also a few slow corners and the chicane, where you have to brake hard and where there are opportunities to overtake. '

This is how the race went last year: GP Japan 2009

In 2009, Suzuka became Sebastian Vettel's one-man show. However, in the paddock there was initially more discussion about accidents than about the German's superior performance. There was already a heavy crash in training for the Japanese GP: Timo Glock, Mark Webber, Heikki Kovalainen, Jaime Alguersuari and Sebastien Buemi delivered a lot of junk. Vettel's victory in the race wasn't even in danger when another violent crash by Alguersuari brought the safety car into play with ten laps to go. The battle for second place was more exciting: Jarno Trulli finally won the duel against Lewis Hamilton at the pit stop.

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