Two weeks after the MotoGP championship, Formula 1 is also returning to Japan where it hadn’t been held since 2019 when the Land of the Rising Sun was closed due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The Suzuka International Racing Course is classified as a circuit that is not very demanding on the brakes: on a scale of 1 to 5, it is rated 2 on the difficulty index.
Formula 1 made its debut on this track in 1987, but the Honda-owned circuit celebrates its 60th birthday this year. In August it was used for the Suzuka 8 Hours which was won by the home team. The first few times it was held, various single-seaters were forced to withdraw due to problems with the brakes, a problem which seems to have been resolved even if in 2019 two single-seaters were disqualified for having adjusted the brake balance electronically.