Japanese GP: Red Bull/Toro Rosso preview

FROM SINGAPORE TO SUZUKA. AS DIFFERENT AS NIGHT AND DAY... Our drivers on Suzuka and Japan... Toro Rosso: Jaime Alguersuari "I have been to Suzuka before, back in 2005 for a karting race, the Asia-Pacific World Cup, although of course we...

FROM SINGAPORE TO SUZUKA.

AS DIFFERENT AS NIGHT AND DAY...

Our drivers on Suzuka and Japan...

Toro Rosso: Jaime Alguersuari

"I have been to Suzuka before, back in 2005 for a karting race, the Asia-Pacific World Cup, although of course we weren't racing on the F1 track! I was leading the race on the final lap, but I crashed with Kazuki Nakajima at the last corner and ended second. Being in Japan for the first time was an amazing experience and it felt like another world to me. It's a dream to now be able to drive on the real circuit, after having seen it while I was there. I've driven it on the simulator and also on a computer game. I hope we can have a successful weekend."

Toro Rosso: Sebastien Buemi

"I've been to Japan, as I drove the Medical Car last year in Fuji, but I've never been to Suzuka. I've been on the simulator to practice the track, which looks great, so I'm very much looking forward to driving it for real. I've heard that they have resurfaced the track and got brand new facilities in the paddock with new pits. I think it is one of the best circuits in the world, so I can't wait to get there. Japan is very strange and completely different to what we are used to in Europe. I've been to Tokyo, which is fantastically modern, although the people wear some rather funny clothes! I got a good impression while I was there, in that the people treat one another with a lot of respect and everything is very clean. As for the race, I think we can do well, as we will have a new update on the car. In Singapore, we were a bit more competitive than in past races and I think we could be even better in Japan."

Red Bull Racing: Sebastian Vettel

"Suzuka is the best track in the world. I drove the two hours of Friday free practice here at the 2006 Japanese Grand Prix. The first hour was wet, which was pretty scary as I didn't know where the track went. I'm looking forward to racing there as it's one of the most challenging circuits with a lot of high speed corners. It's enjoyable and I think it should suit our car. I like the culture and the people in Japan. Last year, I climbed Mount Fuji and I've also spent time in Tokyo. The food is great, although maybe not all of it! Everything about the place is very disciplined and ordered, which I like."

Red Bull Racing: Mark Webber

"Fourth is my best result here, for Williams in 2005, the penultimate time we raced at Suzuka. It was a bit of a classic with Raikkonen and Alonso coming through from the back. Kimi took the lead on the last lap and I had a good battle with Fernando in the middle of the race. It's a sensational circuit and I've even got good memories of watching the 8 Hours motorcycle race on TV, as a lot of Australians ride in that race. The crowd are pretty close to the Italians in terms of how knowledgeable and passionate they are, although they're also very reserved. When I walk into the track, going through the amusement park, you can really feel that Suzuka has got something about it that makes it special."

-credit: red bull

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Mark Webber , Sebastian Vettel , Kazuki Nakajima , Sébastien Buemi , Jaime Alguersuari
Teams Red Bull Racing , Toro Rosso , Williams