Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 looking ahead to Japanese Grand-Prix

Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 looking ahead to Japanese Grand-Prix

08.10.2019: 2019 Japanese Grand Prix Round 17 of the 2019 Formula One season Suzuka Circuit in Japan Toto Talks Japan Claiming a 1-2 in Sochi after three races without a win was a great feeling. We delivered a strong race in Russia, made the mos

2019 Japanese Grand Prix
Round 17 of the 2019 Formula One season
Suzuka Circuit in Japan

Toto Talks Japan

Claiming a 1-2 in Sochi after three races without a win was a great feeling. We delivered a strong race in Russia, made the most of our opportunities and both Lewis and Valtteri drove flawlessly. We brought home 44 points, built the gap in both championships and are highly motivated to keep our foot on the throttle for the remaining five races.

However, the win in Sochi doesn't change the fact that Ferrari had a stronger start to the second part of the season than we did. We'll bring some minor upgrades to the car in Japan which will hopefully help us take a step in the right direction; however, we know that we need to extract absolutely everything from our car and the tyres if we want to be able to challenge for a win.

The next race takes us to the iconic Suzuka Circuit with its exhilarating corner sequences and highly enthusiastic fans. We have a strong track record there, having won every Japanese Grand Prix in the hybrid era, but we expect this year to be challenging given the strength of our opponents. It will be a very close battle on track - and one that we very much look forward to. Our targets for the final quarter of the season is clear and it's up to us to make sure we achieve them.

Japanese Grand Prix: Fact File

•    The Suzuka Circuit is the only figure-of-eight configuration on the F1 calendar, with the section after the Degner Curves passing under the straight leading to 130R. Because of the crossover, it's the only Formula One track that runs both clockwise and anticlockwise.

•    The figure-of-eight layout is good for tyre wear, because it means there is a very even balance between left and right-hand turns. Of the 18 corners in total, ten are right-hand and eight are left-hand turns.

•    Drivers go into the first corner without touching the brakes. In Qualifying, they don't start braking until the car is cornering at close to 5G, generating some of the highest steering wheel torques of the season.

•    From Turn 1 until the end of the Esses sequence, the car is in constant cornering for almost 2km with six direction changes.

•    The majority of the 5.807km lap of Suzuka is spent with some lateral g-force going through the car. Only around 1.2km of the lap are spent driving in a straight line.

•    Suzuka has a wide variety of corner types. The flat-out 130R is one of F1's quickest corners, taken at 315 km/h, while the Turn 11 hairpin is one of the slowest at 75 km/h.

•    The lack of straights at the Suzuka Circuit mean it is one of only two tracks, alongside Monaco, to feature just one DRS zone.

•    Suzuka has the only downhill grid on the calendar.

•    Braking for Turn 11 is particularly challenging, because drivers are mid-way through the fast right-hander of Turn 10 when they begin applying the brakes. They are still cornering at 3.5G when they hit the brakes, starting the braking zone while turning right before then turning left for the hairpin. This is why lock-ups are so common at this corner.

•    Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport has won every Japanese Grand Prix since the beginning of the hybrid era in 2014.


2019 Japanese Grand Prix Timetable


Practice 1 (Friday)          10:00-11:30          02:00-03:30          03:00-04:30
Practice 2 (Friday)          14:00-15:30          06:00-07:30          07:00-08:30
Practice 3 (Saturday)          12:00-13:00          04:00-05:00          05:00-06:00
Qualifying (Saturday)          15:00-16:00          07:00-08:00          08:00-09:00
Race (Sunday)          14:10-16:10          06:10-08:10          07:10-09:10

Race Records - Mercedes F1 at the Japanese Grand Prix


Starts          Wins          Podium Places          Poles          Front Row          Fastest Laps          DNF

Mercedes          9          5          9          5          9          3          2
Hamilton          12          5          7          4          7          3          1
Bottas          6          0          1          0          1          1          0
MB Power          25          10          24          7          16          7          12


Technical Stats - Season to Date (Barcelona Pre-Season Test 1 to Present)

Laps Completed          Distance Covered (km)          Corners Taken          Gear Changes          PETRONAS Fuel

Mercedes          6,436          32,155          103,967          310,094          257,440,000
Hamilton          3,104          15,517          50,309          150,209          124,160,000
Bottas          3,107          15,517          50,155          148,887          124,280,000
MB Power          17,256          86,484          278,254          831,204          690,240,000


Mercedes-Benz in Formula One


Starts          Wins          Podium Places          Poles          Front Row          Fastest Laps          1-2 Wins          Front Row Lockouts

Mercedes (All Time)          205          98          204          109          199          72          52          64
Mercedes (Since 2010)          193          89          187          101          179          63          47          62
Hamilton          245          82          147          87          144          45          N/A          N/A
Bottas          134          5          42          10          25          12          N/A          N/A
MB Power          475          184          472          192          379          167          83          101


Bradley Lord- photos Mercedes


08.10.2019 / MaP

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