2017 Japanese Grand Prix - Preview

03.
October 2017
Brackley

Battle continues with Round 16 of the 2017 season from the Suzuka Circuit

  • Toto Talks Japan
  • Stat Attack: Japan and Beyond

Toto Talks Japan

In sport, it’s in the tough times that you really see the strength of a team. Our championships in the past three years have come because we have never taken success for granted and, even in the good times, we were able to put our finger in the wound and work on our weaknesses. After Malaysia, we have found ourselves doing the same: analysing our problems, beginning to understand their causes and working on solutions.

However, this is not the work of a moment. While we work to improve in those areas, we must not forget the many strengths we have shown this season. Our car has taken more pole positions and race wins than any other and we lead both championships – thanks both to the strength of our own performances and, in part, the misfortune of our rivals. But every point counts, no matter how they come to us.

Lewis has made the most of every opportunity in recent weeks; he has been in fantastic form, particularly since the summer break, and is driving with a perfect balance of aggression right now. It has been a more challenging picture for Valtteri and it is a priority for us to give him the car he needs to perform – and to help him extract everything from it. It is not an easy time right now but this is the time for his strength of character, work ethic and natural talent to shine through.

The next challenge comes in the form of Suzuka, a circuit which will ask very different questions of our car than Sepang. In the last years, we have performed very strongly there. But recent weeks have reminded us that historic form counts for little with these 2017 cars and tyres. It is a circuit which rewards Grand Prix cars and drivers performing at their very best – and we expect a very close fight between ourselves, Ferrari and Red Bull.

As a team, our targets for the final quarter of the season are very clear. It is entirely in our hands to make sure we achieve them.

Stat Attack: Japan and Beyond

2017 Japanese Grand Prix Timetable

Session

Local Time

(JST)

Brackley

(BST)

Stuttgart

(CEST)

Practice 1

Friday

10:00 – 11:30

02:00 – 03:30

03:00 – 04:30

Practice 2

Friday

14:00 – 15:30

06:00 – 07:30

07:00 – 08:30

Practice 3

Saturday

12:00 – 13:00

04:00 – 05:00

05:00 – 06:00

Qualifying

Saturday

15:00 – 16:00

07:00 – 08:00

08:00 – 09:00

Race

Sunday

14:00 – 16:00

06:00 – 08:00

07:00 – 09:00

 

Circuit Records – Silver Arrows at the Suzuka Circuit

 

Starts

Wins

Podium

Places

Pole

Positions

Front Row

Places

Fastest

Laps

DNF

Silver

Arrows

7

3

6

3

6

2

2

Lewis

Hamilton

8

2

4

0

3

2

1

Valtteri

Bottas

4

0

0

0

0

0

0

Mercedes-Benz

Power

21

7

20

3

10

5

11

 

Technical Stats – Season to Date (Barcelona Pre-Season Test 1 to Present)

 

Laps

Completed

Distance

Covered (km)

Corners

Taken

Gear

Changes

PETRONAS

Fuel Injections

Silver

Arrows

6,158

30,752

98,493

297,137

246,320,000

Lewis

Hamilton

2,777

13,987

44,761

134,835

111,080,000

Valtteri

Bottas

3,172

15,849

50,806

153,106

126,880,000

Mercedes-Benz

Power

17,398

87,172

277,836

840,057

695,920,000

 

All-Time Records - Silver Arrows in Formula One

 

Starts

Wins

Podium

Places

Pole

Positions

Front Row

Places

Fastest

Laps

1-2

Finishes

Front Row

Lockouts

Silver

Arrows

163

73

148

84

151

54

39

49

Lewis

Hamilton

203

60

114

70

115

38

N/A

N/A

Valtteri

Bottas

92

2

19

2

6

1

N/A

N/A

Mercedes-Benz

Power

433

159

415

167

331

149

64

85

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