Japanese Grand Prix preview - all you need to know

The Japanese Grand Prix is 53 laps long.

The Suzuka circuit consists of 18 corners and is 5.807 kilometres long.

The first race was held in 1987.

Kimi Raikkonen holds the lap record of one minute, 31.540 seconds, set in his McLaren in 2005.

Suzuka is near Japan's third-largest city, Nagoya, where Gary Lineker played for Nagoya Grampus Eight between 1992 and 1994.

Japan's bullet train reaches a top speed of 320 kilometres per hour - just four kilometres per hour short of an F1 car's top speed at Suzuka.

The circuit was built in a mountainous area in 1962 after the president of owners Honda refused to destroy rice fields to build the track.

Michael Schumacher has the most race wins in Japan with six - Sebastian Vettel is behind him with four.

McLaren have the most race wins here with nine, followed by Ferrari on seven and Red Bull on four.

Japan produces around 60% of the world's animated shows.

At 21.3m, the number of pets in Japan outnumbers the number of children, 16.5m.

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