Japan has a strong link with Formula 1, with many dramatic World Championship deciders taking place in the Asian country – particularly the success of Britons James Hunt and Damon Hill.
Many drivers love the trip to Japan for, if nothing else, the atmosphere created by the fans, who pack the grandstands from the very first minutes of Friday practice all the way to the podium ceremony on Sunday afternoon.
Add in a circuit filled with fast, flowing corners, and you're on to a winner, as former Ferrari driver Jean Alesi explains.
“Japan is one of my favourite circuits and favourite countries: it has everything,” said Alesi. “A bit like Spa or Monza, Suzuka is a really thrilling track...
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