The Grand Prix at Suzuka is on many petrol heads ‘lists’, and it really doesn’t disappoint! Believe the hype, it’s an amazing place, if you’re not already planning a trip there, just do it, you wont regret it! Japan itself is one of the most incredible places I’ve ever been to. Even without the Grand Prix, it would still have been one of my favorite traveling experiences. We spent 2 weeks in Japan in total, with the Grand Prix sandwiched in the middle. I’d urge anyone who is planning on heading to the Japanese Grand Prix to set aside some time to explore this beautiful country while you’re there.
In addition to the usual track action, off track the fan village had plenty to keep us occupied, including a number of driver and F1 personality interviews on both the main stage and the Honda stage. I couldn’t always read the signs to tell me which driver would be on stage next, but that definitely added to the excitement. Who doesn’t love a ‘surprise’ interview with Daniel Ricciardo or Fernando Alonso?!
Any tips for fellow fans?
Definitely make sure you build time into your trip to explore at least some of Japan. Tokyo is a little under 3 hours away by Shinkansen (bullet train), and Kyoto is just over an hour and a half away. They are both such amazing places and certainly worth a visit if you can.
Make sure you also allow plenty of time to exit the circuit in the evenings. We left at least 4 hours after the F1 action finished each day and there were still some queues at the station. There is plenty to keep you occupied at the track though, so we never found it too much of a problem. As with any race, pack for changeable conditions, it wouldn’t be Suzuka without a bit of rain!