25 September 2015
First Practice Session: Position: 2, Best Time: 1:49.938, Laps: 7
Second Practice Session: Position: 1, Best Time: 1:48.277, Laps: 6
“The conditions today were tricky. The track was slippery the more it drizzled and Suzuka is a narrow circuit and there are a few corners where the car had a tendency to aquaplane. We have work to do for tomorrow but I think we are ready. The chassis is handling well, cornering in the wet has always been strong for us but we don’t know what the weather will be like tomorrow. For us it would be good if the rain continued, but we will see what happens.”
First Practice Session: Position: 13, Best Time: No lap time, Laps: 1
Second Practice Session: Position: 4, Best Time: 1:49.097, Laps: 10
“It was a little difficult to get temperature in the brakes, with the weather and the short runs, but not much else happened today. In the few laps we did, I think we got an understanding of the track conditions and if they remain the same for tomorrow, we know which direction we should take with the set-up. But it doesn’t look like the weather will remain the same! In that case, we will have to work efficiently tomorrow to get the car set up and we won’t have much time to change the balance once we get going but we will see how we go.”
5 Reasons why it’s hard not to love the Japanese Grand Prix
1. Fanatical fans – Yes, there’s a passion and fervour at Monza that’s hard to beat. And there’s a peculiarly dogged British determination to support the sport through hail or gale at Silverstone. But here in Japan, fandom is on a whole other level. From carefully crafted flags and banners to bespoke driver-inspired plush toys and children immaculately dressed out in repro team kit, Suzuka’s crowd has elevated fanaticism to the realm of some kind of slightly odd but utterly awesome performance art.
2. Odd stunts – Time was when wherever F1 went the local PR machinery went into overdrive dreaming up mad stunts for drivers to do. US race? Then it must be ‘dress as a cowboy day’! For some reason, in recent years, all of that has gone by the wayside – except in Japan. Here there’s still an irresistible urge to make drivers do the darnedest things. Indeed, we’re far from immune and this year we had a go at turning Dany and Daniel into wrestlers and superheroes. You can check out the results at: www.infiniti-redbullracing.com/video/f1-v-sumo-no-contest
3. Dinner lottery – Japanese cuisine is one of the most diverse, refined and downright clever in the world. It’s just a shame then that for most of us, dinner revolves around blankly staring at a window full of weird plastic models of plates piled high with something white and something brown/green/oddly luminous pink. Bizarrely it seems that no matter which replica meal you plump for, the real thing is usually superb.
4. Tokyo Time – While we like Singapore a lot, for a lot of us the first plane out after the race couldn’t come soon enough. Why? Because three days in Tokyo beckoned. From robot restaurants, to bars celebrating the 8-bit video games of the early ’80s, to just standing at the Shibuya station crossing and marvelling at the madness, no city is as bonkers-level fun as Tokyo. However, just remember – while it might look like one, it’s not a theme park.
5. The Circuit – Now this does have a theme park, but while it has several rollercoasters, the most thrilling ride of all is the track. It’s just phenomenal. All you have to do is look at the big sh*teating grins on the faces of the drivers as they take off their helmets and you know you're at one of F1’s most special venues.