Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Japanese Grand Prix: Points of Interest

We are winding down the Formula One season and the championship is still up for grabs. Lewis Hamilton has a 7 point lead with 3 races to go, but given the unpredictability of last year's Japanese Grand Prix, Felipe Massa can pounce on any mistake. We are back to the reconfigured Fuji Speedway and in addition to observing this title fight, the points of interest for this race will have a distinct Japanese flair.

1. Toyota. Can they rebound in terms of their performance on home turf? They currently sit 5th in the Constructor's Championship behind an improved Renault. They will need quality drives from Trulli and Glock after not scoring any points as a team in 2 of the last 3 races.

2. Honda. Will Honda be able to save face and perform respectably? After shifting focus to the 2009 season they seemed to have fallen off the face of the earth and have not scored a point since the British Grand Prix. Button had a decent performance in Singapore, so Honda has a small opportunity to show some pride.

3. Kazuki Nakajima. When Takuma Sato drove for Honda and Super Aguri you could count that he would have a good race at his home track in Suzuka. After being confirmed for 2009, can Nakajima perform well in his home grand prix and represent Toyota given that he has a relationship with them. Also, it's Toyota's home track.

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