David Coulthard's Japanese GP preview

David Coulthard's Japanese GP preview

Suzuka is always a favourite with the drivers, just ask AUTOSPORT columnist David Coulthard. But will it be a happier place to race for those driving Red Bulls than the rest of the field?

Suzuka is in every driver's top-three favourite tracks. The difference here compared with Spa, where Eau Rouge is now easily flat-out, is that they have only been able to tickle Suzuka's run-off zones. So in that first sector of the lap there's an immense driving challenge, but a big penalty for getting it wrong.

At 130R, the run-off is far more extensive since the day Allan McNish rode over the barrier in his Toyota. But the rest of the track is as narrow and challenging as ever, and it's always a very telling race in terms of the relative performance of the cars and teams.

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