In many ways the Japanese Grand Prix is like another home race for me. I love the country and its people, and Suzuka is one of the most demanding tracks in F1. The corners are fast and flowing and a qualifying lap around here feels like nowhere else.
Originally created by Honda, Suzuka is testimony to our racing spirit. This is a real driver’s track: the challenging figure-eight layout is a true test of a driver’s skill, and a single misstep is all it takes to ruin a lap time. To win here, car, driver and team must perform at their very best – corner after corner, lap after lap.
We received an unbelievable amount of cheers from our fans at the start of the race. As predicted, both our drivers made brilliant starts which put them close to the points-paying positions, but we knew coming into the race that energy management would be tough at this track.