Sadness as Suzuka says Sayonara

Tue, 3 October 2006, 06:51

A tinge of sadness will accompany most F1 drivers’ visit to one of their favourite circuits this year.

Sunday’s Japanese grand prix is likely to be the last for some time at the Honda-owned Suzuka circuit, as rival car maker Toyota’s refurbished Fuji facility joins the calendar for the 2007 season.

Drivers’ affection for the unique figure-of-eight layout is undoubted, but there have been rumblings of late about Suzuka’s cramped paddock and questionable safety, such as the inadequate run-off at the 130R corner.

”I hope we get back there soon,” said works Honda racer Jenson Button, ”maybe in two years’ time because it’s a great place and it will be a shame not to see it (again).”


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