The Long History of the Japanese Grand Prix

2012 Japanese GP

The first-ever grand prix or formula one to be held in Japan was in the year 1976. It was held at the Fuji Speedway, which is located 40 miles in the west of Yokohama. The famous race involved two title deciders at the time between Niki Lauda and James Hunt. It was held in monsoon weather conditions. Earlier in the beginning of the year, Lauda was involved in a near fatal accident in the grand prix that was held in German. As a result Lauda did not feature for quite a long time in the subsequent series. At this famous grand prix, Lauda withdrew from the race siting the importance of his life than the formula one championship. At the end of the race, Hunt finished third and number one overall to be crowned the champion only by one point.

In the following year, the formula one race was won by James Hunt, though the occasion was marked by a tragedy. Ronnie Peterson and Gilles Villeneuve had a collision which saw the Ferrari of Villeneuve somersault to a restricted area and thus killing 2 spectators. This incident led the mighty race to miss from the F1 calendar for nearly a decade.

In the year 1987, the Japanese Grand Prix returned, but this time in a different new venue and that is the Suzuka circuit located in west of Nagoya. This venue was formerly used by Honda as a test track. Suzuka happens to be the only figure eight circuit found on the Grand Prix Calendar. This mighty new venue, produced yet another champion in the name of Nelson Piquet. His team mate, Nigel Mansell was tipped to win the title, but got injured while practicing, crashing his Williams at the same time. This incident rulled him out of the race.

Fuji Speedway

The year 1989, saw two maestro’s battle it out for the championship. Ayrton Senna and Alain Prost were the candidates for the title. In the process, Senna made attempts to pass, but Prost shut the door for him. This resulted into a crash that saw Senna continue with the race after getting help from the marshals, though Prost was rightly beached out of the competition. He believed that he had clinched the title and thus, he wast upset after the incident. Later on, a steward ruling, saw him disqualified from the same race due to gaining unfair advantage. The year that followed, that is in 1990, again the two clashed while on the first lap which send both of them spinning off and as a result Senna won his second championship in a row.

Since the Japanese Grand Prix was returned into the formula one calendar, it has proved to be so popular among the fans. During the 1990 race, a ballot was held just for tickets. This saw a whooping three million fans making application for the one hundred and twenty thousand tickets available.

It was later announced late in 2006, that the famous event could be returned to the newly refurbished and redesigned course of Fuji Speedway in the coming year. As expected, in the year 2007 and 2008 consecutively, the race was held in the Fuji speedways, but later on, it was passed that the race should be alternating between the two course tracks. However, in the year 2009, the owners of Fuji Speedway, that is Toyota, made a decision that they will not afford to host another Japan Grand Prix or rather F1 as a result of the outcome of the global economic crisis, however 365BET has published odds that the race will in fact return to Fuji at some point in the future. With these, the might race was greatly enjoyed and even much celebrated by returning to Suzuka. This circuit had always been a popular course to spectators, drivers and even teams a like.

There was also an evolution and desire for super cars during these races. The desire for speed became the driving force behind these inventions. Spectators and drivers yearned for a higher speed. The first cars to be designed were the Lotus, Jaguar, Ferrari and even the Porsche. When you look at today’s supercars, they will be defined by the sleek design, higher price tags, high power and more importantly, the high speed. Over the years, its performance has been progressing on a higher note. Many models have been manufactured. Technology and speed has been the driving forces of the racing motor car in the Grand Prix.

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