Race start time | Japan GP F1 2022
Race schedule | Suzuka GP 2022
F1 2022 Japan GP: SUZUKA
Budget cap Red Bull, Wolff may decide to attend Suzuka
There is hardly time to take a breather from the controversy generated by the Singapore GP and the FIA’s slow decision-making in managing the infringements committed by Sergio Perez under the Safety Car regime, which the International Automobile Federation and Red Bull risk finding themselves again protagonists of a very delicate controversy. In fact, the results of the investigation into the compliance with the spending ceiling by the teams during the 2021 season should be communicated on Wednesday. own expenses.
All eyes are therefore on the control body that will have to decide whether – and, if so, to what extent – to punish the team that with Max Verstappen won the drivers’ title last year. The issue has set all the others in agitation, and in particular Mercedes and Ferrari, Red Bull’s main rivals in 2021 and in the current championship. The decision that the FIA will make could influence the decision of Mercedes team principal, Toto Wolff, whether or not to travel to Japan next weekend. In fact, the calendar includes the Suzuka race, which the Austrian manager had in mind to skip, in order to stay in Brackley to work for next season.
However, several British media have leaked that Wolff, already quite explicit in criticizing the possible breach of the cap by Red Bull, could change his plans and fly to Japan depending on the type of sentence issued by the FIA. The feeling is that Wolff could move especially in the case of a decision deemed by Mercedes too soft towards the rival team, clearly with the intention of increasing media and ‘political’ pressure towards the number one of the Austrian team: Christian Horner. In this battle, Wolff can count on the support of Ferrari’s top management, who are also eager to understand what measures could be taken against Milton Keynes’ ‘bulls’.
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COMPOUNDS NOMINATED FOR F1 2022 Japan GP -Suzuka
THE TYRES ON TRACK
- The trio of hardest compounds return in Japan: C1 as the P Zero White hard, C2 as the P Zero Yellow medium, and C3 as the P Zero Red soft. This will be the final outing for the hardest C1 compound this year.
- The second free practice session in Japan has been extended to 90 minutes in order to allow 2023 prototype slick tyre testing (with the same arrangement in place for the United States Grand Prix). The Suzuka and Austin tests are there to fine-tune the compounds for 2023, with the entire FP2 session devoted to tyre testing. If a team uses a young driver for FP1, it is allowed to run its own programme for the first 30 minutes of FP2, before concentrating on the tyre test for the remainder of the session. The prototype tyres can easily be recognised as they won’t carry coloured markings on the sidewalls.
- Like Singapore that came just one week before, the Japanese Grand Prix was last held in 2019. The challenge is made even greater with the teams having to approach the circuit, weather conditions, and set-up in a completely new way with the latest generation of cars and tyres.
- Suzuka is all about lateral forces rather than traction and braking, but the loads are quite evenly balanced between the left and right hand sides of the car. The cars and tyres are subjected to some of the longest sustained g force loadings seen throughout the year. 130R, for example, is a long radius corner (of 130 degrees) but it’s taken flat-out, as if it were a straight.
Ask the drivers which are their favourite circuits and Suzuka will always be high on the list: it contains demanding corners like nowhere else, such as 130R and Spoon, as well as a truly special atmosphere and history with incredible fans. There’s a roughly equal number of left and right corners in the unique figure of eight layout, which means that the circuit demands are evenly balanced. The sustained energy loads through the tyres are some of the highest we register all year, and the track layout means that we bring the three hardest compounds in our range because of the high levels of tyre duty. With the latest generation of cars being heavier than before and the limits of performance constantly being pushed, that challenge is bigger than ever now. An innovation for this year is the fact that we will be testing some 2023 prototype tyres during an extended free practice session on Friday afternoon, as we finalise the specification for next year with the end of this season approaching.”
RACE START TIME SCHEDULE – F1 JAPAN GP (UTC+1)
Friday 7th October:
- Free Practice 1 5:00-6:00
- Free Practisice 2 8:00-9:30
Saturday 8th October:
- Free Practisice 3 5:00-6:00
- Qualifying 8:00-9:00
Sunday 9th October:
- Race 7:00-9:00