The ebbs and flows of performance are all par for the course in Formula 1 and never more so than in the rollercoaster ride that has been the 2012 season so far.
Fourteen races in and there have been a handful of results that have allowed Ferrari to form a small lead on Lotus F1 Team in the championship. Technical Director, James Allison believes "We’re fortunate to have a number of elements that we believe will improve our car over the remaining races.”
The goal now is to overtake Ferrari in the championship and to put Kimi back on a path that will allow him to close the gap to the front.
"I know that both Romain and Kimi enjoy the Suzuka circuit so we’re all looking forward to the race weekend.
We’re bringing a few promising updates including our “device”, we think that the track will suit our car, and we’re hoping for a gentle build up to the race, with no technical drama or dodgy weather."
Suzuka in Numbers
Turn 1 is almost flat with only a light lift. A quick turn leading into the slower Turn 2.
TURNS 3-6 (‘S’ CURVES)
Understeer needs to be minimised for the constant change of direction in this series of turns, with a well-balanced car maintaining the speed.
TURNS 8 + 9 (DEGNER CURVE)
Two tricky turns make up Degner: the first is short and narrow, with a cautious approach required because of the inner kerb. Drivers need to get as close as possible to it without making contact.
TURNS 13 + 14 (SPOON CURVE)
Turns 13 + 14 make up the Spoon Curve. Understeer saps speed here so needs to be minimised; a fast exit is necessary onto the following straight.
TURN 15 (130R)
130R is flat out, but more difficult when the cars are heavy with fuel.
Turn 16 is the best overtaking opportunity around the circuit layout; DRS effectiveness at this track is less than elsewhere.