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Japan is a country in eastern Asia. It is also the host of the Japanese Grand Prix, first raced in 1976 at the Fuji Speedway. The current venue for the Japanese Grand Prix is the Suzuka International Racing Course since 1987, although F1 briefly returned to Fuji in 2007 and 2008. The Okayama International Circuit also hosted the Pacific Grand Prix in 1994 and 1995.

Japan is well-known as a country of high culture and high-performance industrial products, notably producing electronics and heavy machinery. Honda and Toyota are known to have supplied engines to teams as well as running their own respective factory teams, with Yamaha and Subaru once supplying engines to F1 teams. Yamaha is currently involved in MotoGP, along with Honda and Suzuki.

Three teams apart from the factory Honda and Toyota teams also ran in F1: Maki Engineering, Kojima Engineering and Super Aguri F1, which was founded by former driver Aguri Suzuki.

Twenty-one Japanese racers have entered F1. The first was Hiroshi Fushida in Maki, entering the 1975 Dutch Grand Prix but failing to start. Three Japanese drivers have finished on the podium to date: Suzuki in the 1990 Japanese Grand Prix, Takuma Sato in the 2004 United States Grand Prix and Kamui Kobayashi in the 2012 Japanese Grand Prix, all achieving a best result of 3rd. Sato has participated in IndyCar, winning six times, including the Indianapolis 500 twice, the first Japanese racer to win in the event.

The latest Japanese driver to start a race is Yuki Tsunoda in 2021.

Circuits in Japan[]

Circuit Location Events Map
Fuji Speedway Oyama, Shizuoka Japanese Grand Prix: 1976–1977, 2007–2008 GoogleMaps
Suzuka International Racing Course Suzuka, Mie Prefecture Japanese Grand Prix: 1987–2006, 2009–present GoogleMaps
TI Circuit Aida Mimasaka, Okayama Pacific Grand Prix: 1994–1995 GoogleMaps

Japanese Drivers[]

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