Sebastian Vettel is clearly looking forward to the Japanese Grand Prix next weekend. Not only is he very likely to wrap up his second championship on Sunday, but he is also going to a track where he has taken both pole and the race win in both of the last two seasons.
“Suzuka is one of my favourite tracks; it really couldn't have been built any better,” said the German, who needs just one point to successfully defend his title this weekend. “The first sector up to the Degner Curve is the most spectacular and challenging of the whole season. The 130R is legendary; it's great fun to drive straight through this left-hand bend. I'm not the only one who loves this track and our car normally loves it too.
“The fans in Japan are special. What they have been through in recent times is something I cannot begin to imagine, but they are so impressive. They are extremely patient and always polite and friendly and their stamina is amazing. I hope we can put on a good show for them this weekend.”
Team-mate Mark Webber recalls the disaster that affected the Japanese people back in March, and hopes that the grand prix can provide the nation with an event that they can look forward to.
“After the massive tragedy that happened in Japan earlier this year, it's nice to be part of something that people can hopefully look forward to,” said the Australian. “The Japanese people seem to love Formula One and the Suzuka Circuit is one of the best in the world. It has a sensational combination of corners, it's very quick in the first sector. It's quite a narrow track, so you have to be very, very accurate. Rhythm is very important there aswell; you have to make sure you have the car completely on the limit for all the corners and you have to get certain sections absolutely right. It's a good challenge for the drivers and there are some good elevation changes as well – I'm looking forward to it.”