Formula 1 returned to the famous Suzuka circuit for the Japanese Grand Prix with racing action on Friday in the first 2 practice sessions. The last Japanese Grand Prix was held in 2019, making it 3 years for any track action at the venue. The figure-of-eight circuit, initially used by Honda for testing and making its first feature on the F1 calendar in the 1970, is one of the most popular circuits among drivers for its technicalities and challenging, high speed corners- especially the 130 R.
Mercedes driver George Russell commented on the circuit, calling it the most iconic and one of the best in the world, while also applauding the fans for their high enthusiasm. He mentioned the first sector of the track and called it very fast, very flowing, and a joy to drive in.
Seven-time World Champion Lewis Hamilton talked about the history of the track. He said it makes one remember so many legends, mentioning the last chicane as one to remember for the Senna and Prost crash. He called himself and all of the drivers privileged to race at the legendary circuit.
Other drivers like Fernando Alonso, Sebastian Vetttel and Lando Norris also spoke highly of the track.
The World Championship has been decided numerous times in Suzuka, and we look forward to another instance this Sunday, with defending champion Max Verstappen with his first realistic opportunity to clinch the world title. The best way is by winning the race with the fastest lap.