Need To Know: 2019 Japanese Grand Prix

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Suzuka hosts round seventeen of the 2019 F1 season. Here’s everything you need to know ahead of the 2019 Japanese Grand Prix weekend on October 11-13!

This will be Formula 1’s 31st visit to the Suzuka circuit since 1987, which puts it tenth in the list of most visited circuits in the sport’s history. The track itself is located in an industrial area, so there’s not a lot to see or do away from the circuit or its neighbouring theme park. However, further afield in Nagoya or Osaka there are plenty of cultural delights to explore. Nagoya is the country’s fourth most-populated city, and there are many hidden gems to be found. We recommend taking some time out to explore the best places to visit on your Japanese Grand Prix trip in Off-Track Activities.

Heading to Suzuka for the first time? All the essential travel information you need is in Travel Basics.

Though the Japanese Yen has strengthened slightly in recent years, a trip to the event can still be particularly enticing because of its relative affordability. The Japanese Grand Prix is one of the cheapest to attend on the current calendar. It is one of only three races which offers 3-Day General Admission tickets for less than $100 and is the most affordable for the local fans, with tickets costing just 2.4% of the average monthly wage.

The Suzuka event was one of four to see increases in ticket sales of over 10% between 2017 and 2018. Weekend attendance at the Japanese Grand Prix has fluctuated between 135,000 and 165,000 in recent years.

Check out our Budget Planner for the lowdown on what you can expect to spend on a trip to the Japanese Grand Prix!

What to look forward to at the 2019 Japanese Grand Prix

Suzuka is universally one of the drivers’ favourite circuits thanks to its fast flowing esses and fearsome bends such as 130R. Suzuka became one of the sport’s legendary track almost immediately, having hosted five dramatic title deciders in its first five races. No less than eighteen Drivers’ and Constructors’ World Championships have been decided at this track in total, and the 2019 Constructors’ Championship could be settled at the circuit this year. In 2018, Lewis Hamilton led home team-mate Valtteri Bottas. A similar 1-2 finish for Mercedes at the 2019 Japanese Grand Prix will secure them a record-equalling sixth consecutive Constructors’ Championship.

There is a friendly atmosphere at the Japanese Grand Prix, and the passionate fans will be out in force to support Red Bull and Toro Rosso this year, who are powered by Honda engines. The manufacturer opened a factory in the area back in 1960 and subsequently built the Suzuka track for testing purposes. Honda supporters have a real chance of seeing them triumph with Red Bull at the circuit in 2019, which would be particularly sweet at their home track, given their struggles since rejoining the sport in 2015. The last Honda-powered victory at the circuit came in 1991, when Gerhard Berger won for McLaren.

Aside from the racing itself, thanks to the meticulous and careful nature of Japanese culture, your trip to the Suzuka circuit is likely to be hassle-free and public transport will be highly dependable.

You can read more about the history of the event in Race Facts.

Don’t forget to make the most of your experience by taking advantage of ‘Free Friday’. This allows you to sit in almost any grandstand for the on-track action on Friday! There isn’t much in the way of shops or ATMs at the circuit or the nearby train stations so be sure to have cash with you, plus an array of clothing options. It pays to be prepared for all kinds of weather at Suzuka, from blazing sunshine to rain and even typhoons!

Though Suzuka doesn’t benefit from additional F2 and F3 action as seen at European events, there are still three support races over the weekend – a single Porsche Carrera Cup Japan race, and two 2019 F4 Japanese Championship races. You can find all the vital information about watching the Grand Prix, including session times, on our updated Trackside page.

If you’re not at Suzuka for this year’s Japanese Grand Prix but want to attend next year, you can start early preparations for your trip in 2020 by checking out the best available hotels and what the local area has to offer!

Any questions about the 2019 Japanese Grand Prix weekend? Ask in the comments below or find us on Twitter and we’ll do our best to answer!

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Nicky Haldenby is a Formula One writer from Scarborough, England. Having grown up with F1 often on the TV on Sunday afternoons, Nicky has been following the sport avidly since 2006. After graduating from University in 2015 with a First Class degree in English Language and Literature, he founded his own F1 website and now regularly writes articles about both the sport's history and current affairs.

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  1. naoko says:

    Typhoon No. 19 (Hagibis) is forecast to approach the south of Japan this weekend. Be prepared for its effect.

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