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2012 F1 Japanese Grand Prix Preview



After a fantastic night race at Singapore Grand Prix, Formula 1 move to Japan in Suzuka, its 15th round of Formula 1 2012 world championship.

The Night race presented that defending world champion Sebastian Vettel took his second top podium of this season at Singapore GP. The pole sitter Lewis Hamilton retired from the race due to gear box failure, and impressive Q3 speedy Pastor Maldonado also retired from the race from fourth position causing his car’s hydraulic trouble.

Seven times world champion Michael Schumacher earned 10 place grid penalty for Japanese Grand Prix, causing that he was crashed with Jean-Eric Vergne, FIA explains the collision was avoidable.

Maldonado’s team-mate Bruno Senna also retired from the race on the final lap of the two hour race as his FW34 lost power and stopped out on track.

After the race F1 official site reported that, Mark Webber has been penalized by the Singapore stewards for gaining an advantage by going off the track while battling Sauber’s Kamui Kobayashi during Sunday’s Marina Bay race. The Penalty added 20 seconds to his overall race time, dropping him from 10th to 11th in the final results.

The Japanese Grand Prix established in 1976, F1 drivers are very happy with race at Suzuka. The key points are waves, challenging fast turns and unique figure-of-eight layout make it the ultimate test of man, and machine, and no bad drivers have ever won this race.

Suzuka initially designed use to a test track for the Honda Motor Company in 1962 by Dutchman John Hugenholtz, it was mainly used for vehicle development. After hosting numerous races in lower formulae Suzuka began its quest to host the Japanese Grand Prix, a feat it managed in 1987, when it took the honour away from Fuji, Toyota’s test track. Although the grand prix returned to Fuji for 2007 and 2008 the race is now confirmed to take place at Suzuka till 2011.

Last season Sebastian Vettel claimed his second title locked there. Aerodynamic downforce is vital, especially through the high-speed changes of direction in sector 1, and the drivers have to be very precise because the track is narrow and there’s very little run-off. When you combine everything, it’s a sparkling challenge.

Expecting a clear climate condition at Japanese Grand Prix in Suzuka next weekend, Sebastian Vettel targets top podium for challenging 2012 F1 title and Lewis Hamilton ready to fight with problem less. Michael Schumacher already disappointed with 10 place grid penalty and Force India fully prepared for fight with Sauber.

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