2020 FORMULA 1 EMIRATES JAPANESE GRAND PRIX
The first two Japanese Grands Prix in 1976 and 1977 were held at the Fuji Speedway, before Japan was taken off the calendar for 10 years. Now we have the 2020 Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka.
The Japanese GP returned in 1987 at Suzuka, which hosted the Grand Prix exclusively for 20 years and has gained a reputation from the drivers as one of the most challenging F1 circuits.
The first Japanese GP in 1976 was won by Mario Andretti in a Lotus-Ford by 1 lap from Patrick Depailler. Mario Andretti won the 1978 Formula One World Championship.
The 1976 World Championship was decided at the Mount Fuji circuit, with Niki Lauda just three points ahead of James Hunt after a season full of incidents including Lauda’s near-fatal crash at the Nürburgring and subsequent missed races.
The GP has been won 6 times by Michael Schumacher for Beneton and Ferrari, with Sebastian Vettel winning 4 times for Red Bull.
2016 Japanese GP
The 2016 Japanese GP took place on 9th October at Suzuka. So will Lewis Hamilton win his 3rd consecutive win in Japan, or can Nico come to the front again.
Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg entered the round with a twenty-three-point lead over teammate Lewis Hamilton in the World Drivers’ Championship. Rosberg started the race from pole position and won the race, extending his championship lead to thirty-three points as Hamilton finished third behind Max Verstappen.
Before the race, Mercedes held a 194-point lead over Red Bull Racing in the World Constructors’ Championship, and with forty points for first and third places, secured their third consecutive title.
In the Drivers’ Championship, the field of title contenders has narrowed to just two (Rosberg and Hamilton) after the race. It turned out to be Nico Rosberg’s final Grand Prix pole and victory, as he announced his retirement in December.
2017 Japanese GP
Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton entered the round with a thirty-four-point lead over Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel in the World Drivers’ Championship. Hamilton’s teammate Valtteri Bottas sat third, a further twenty-five points behind. In the World Constructors’ Championship, Mercedes held a lead of one hundred and eighteen points over Ferrari, with Red Bull Racing a further one hundred and fifteen points behind in third place.
Lewis won from the two Red Bulls with Max 2nd and Daniel 3rd, and Seb retired on the 4th lap after being on the front row.
2018 Japanese GP
Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton came here with a fifty point lead over Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel in the World Drivers’ Championship. Hamilton’s team-mate Valtteri Bottas sat third, a further 67 points behind.
In the World Constructors’ Championship, Mercedes lead by fifty-three points from Ferrari, with Red Bull a further 150 points behind in third place.
Mercedes came in 1st and 2nd, Lewis winning and then the two Red Bulls with Max beating Daniel again. This result extended Lewis’s lead and Mercedes lead in the championships. So see what happens in 2019 Japanese GP.
2019 Japanese GP
Following Ferrari’s disastrous Russian Grand Prix with the “discussion” between Seb and Charles, will they make up and come out again on top?
However Ferrari could not capitalise on being 1, 2 in qualifying and Bottas went streaking ahead right from the off.
Valtteri continued until the end to win the Japanese Grand Prix with Sebastian Vettel 2nd and Lewis Hamilton a disbruntled 3rd.
At least this year Lewis was not Champion again after this 2019 Japanese GP. We have to wait until at least the Mexican GP.
2020 Japanese Grand Prix
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