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8 Fast Facts Ahead of the Japanese Grand Prix

September 20, 2023

For the first time this season, Oracle Red Bull Racing head into a Grand Prix looking to rediscover the winning formula having missed out on a podium at Singapore last time out.

While both Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez are still firmly positioned in first and second place on the championship table, Team Principal Christian Horner will be keen to return to winning ways at the Suzuka circuit this weekend.

Although the championship will not be settled this weekend, Suzuka was the circuit at which Max Verstappen claimed his second drivers’ championship title last year, so the Dutch driver will be looking to recreate a similar performance this time out to push him closer to another title.

Verstappen currently has 374 points while teammate Sergio Perez has amassed 223 points so far. Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton rounds out the top three places with 180 points.

Ahead of the action, PokerStars Casino has put together this quick hit list of fast facts to give you the inside scoop on the Japanese Grand Prix.

Fast Facts

  • 1987 – The year the first F1 race was held at the Suzuka circuit.
  • 5.807 – The distance in kilometres of one lap at the Suzuka circuit.
  • 18 – The number of turns drivers will need to negotiate to complete each lap.
  • 53 – The total number of laps to clock up to reach the checkered flag on Sunday.
  • 18 – The number of Japanese drivers that have competed in the history of F1 so far.
  • 12 – The number of times the overall F1 world champion was crowned at a Japanese Grand Prix.
  • 6 – The record held by Michael Schumacher in terms of most wins by an F1 driver at Suzuka.

Race Schedule

Friday September 22

Practice 1 – 03.30-04.30

Practice 2 – 07.00-08.00

Saturday September 23

Practice 3 – 03.30-04.30

Qualifying – 07.00-08.00

Sunday September 24