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All Eyes on Suzuka F1

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Posted on September 21, 2023 Tags:

 For the Japanese Grand Prix

And Bathurst’s Just around the Corner!

For hapless George it ended in tears. He misjudged the tight margins of the Marina Bay concrete with the chequered flag all but in sight a calamity for the 25-y-o Brit – clipping the wall on the last lap and crashing out while chasing down Lando for second place on much fresher tyres.

And Carlos saw his stocks soar to alarming heights as he drove the lights out in an absolutely riveting performance.

Singapore was a Blinder!

Aussie Oscar and Kiwi Liam Here for the Long Haul

“It’s fantastic to confirm that Oscar has signed a multi-year extension with the team.

“Oscar is an asset to McLaren and constantly impresses with his performance, work ethic and attitude, so it was an easy decision for the team to make.

“He has already proved pivotal to the team, so it’s brilliant to have his vote of confidence as we push to win championships again in the future.

“I look forward to seeing him develop with us as we continue this journey together.” McLaren team principal Andrea Stella.

He thoroughly deserves his place on the F1 grid. As does Kiwi rookie Liam Lawson, sitting in Daniel Ricciardo’s possie as the Perth superstar recovers from his busted left mitt.

Williams has a new broom and is sniffing around. Liam would be wise to grab any chance with both hands, should he get the opportunity. He’s all but confirmed his future at the top level.

F1 Heads to Suzuka

Those who have been fortunate enough to master Suzuka in today’s ultra-competitive single-seaters continue to sing its praises, as a singular thrilling experience like no other.

If you can get your head around an entry speed at some corners of 282kmh (175mph) and try to imagine the G-forces on the driver’s body.

With its significant lateral and vertical loads, Suzuka is as demanding on tyres as it is on drivers. These demands are equally distributed across all four wheels, according to Pirelli guru Mario Isola, with 10 right-handers and eight left-handers throughout the six-kilometre lap.

The asphalt at Suzuka features some of the highest levels of roughness and abrasion seen all season. Wear and degradation are important factors in determining the run plan for free practice, as well as race strategy.

The Tyres on Track

On Friday, the Teams get the chance to test a new version of the C2 compound, with a view to homologating* it for next season. This latest evolution should provide more grip than the current C2, and so fit in more coherently between the C1 and C3.

For the first two free practice sessions, each driver has two additional sets of tyres, compared to the usual 13 sets each weekend.

This test is part of a development programme that was recently defined for 2024 and will continue with a new C4 compound to be tested on track during the upcoming Mexican Grand Prix weekend.

Weather: always an important factor in motorsport

Suzuka, Mie, Japan

With relatively high temperatures forecast this weekend, we could be in for a few surprises at Suzuka. In which case, tyre degradation could become an important factor.

In 2022, the race was interrupted due to rain on the first lap. In fact, the restart didn’t happen until three hours later, with only 45 minutes to go due to the maximum allowed race duration (four hours).

In total, just 28 laps were completed, with the drivers using only Cinturato intermediate and Full Wet tyres.

•             There have been 36 editions of the Japanese Grand Prix valid for the F1 World Championship: 32 of them hosted at Suzuka – Honda’s home circuit – and four at Fuji, which belongs to Toyota. 

The most victorious team is McLaren, with nine wins, while the driver who has won the most times is Michael Schumacher (six wins). In 1994 and 1995, the Pacific Grand Prix was also held in Japan, at the Aida circuit.

Haupt Racing back in Points Again

Haupt Racing #77 Merc AMG GT3 leads the pack at Valencia

It was yet another pole position and a brace of podium finishes to keep the #77 Haupt Racing Team firmly in the championship fight with just one round left to contest.

On the Mediterranean coast, with Jordan and teammate Alain Valente sharing the wheel of Mercedes-AMG GT3 in the Silver Cup classification, the pair continued their strong form from the previous round at Hockenheim.

Despite heavy rain causing substantial delays during practice, Jordan took the wheel in qualifying to deliver a fantastic lap to claim his third pole position of the season.

He and Alain battled hard to chase down the leaders on Saturday, ultimately crossing the finish line in second place to secure yet another valuable podium.

Sunday’s action saw Alain on qualifying duties to take P4, in a closely knit session which saw the top four in the Silver Cup separated by a tenth of a second.

The pair put in a stirling performance again claiming second in class, and yet another podium finish.

The Perth ace now sits third in the Silver Cup drivers’ standings as the championship reaches an exciting conclusion heading to the spooky banked bends of Zandvoort where Daniel Ricciardo recently came to grief – for the final round October 14-15.

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