The 2013 Japanese Grand Prix takes place at Suzuka Circuit in Mie Prefecture, central Japan on Sunday with championship leader Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull) from Germany virtually assured of another title.
Practice was perfect on Friday with more excellent weather in the Nagoya area forecast for this long weekend holiday. Temperatures on Sunday will be on the warm side for this time of year.
The 5.8km Suzuka circuit is a classic figure of 8 track with an overpass and has seen some great races in the past. Suzuka hosted the 2010, 2011 and 2012 races after Fuji Speedway dropped out of the F1 calendar after hosting the Japanese Grand Prix in 2007 and 2008.
The Japanese Grand Prix race takes place over 53 laps covering 191 miles or 307.4km). The lap record at Suzuka is held by Kimi Raikkonen (McLaren) in 2005 with a time of 1 minute 31.540 seconds.
Suzuka hosts other motor sport events and the Suzuka Street Car Festival.
Suzuka is in Mie Prefecture not far from Nagoya city by public transport. Take a Kintetsu or JR train from Nagoya Station or Osaka Station.
Shiroko Station has shuttle buses to the track. Alternatively change at Yokkaichi and take an infrequent Ise Tetsudo Line train to Suzuka Circuit Ino. Then a 20 minute walk.
If driving from Nagoya or Tokyo take the Tomei Expressway and exit at the Suzuka IC. From Osaka take the Shin Meishin Expressway and exit at the Kameyama IC.
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