It's not difficult to make a case for Suzuka being the greatest circuit on the Formula 1 calendar.
There are those who would point to Spa, but in corners like Degner and 130R Suzuka has the equal of Eau Rouge and Pouhon. What's more, where modern F1 machinery has to an extent sanitised the challenge of Belgian circuit, the test posed by Suzuka remains undimmed.
More than anyone else, it is the drivers who help identify the standout circuits, and for that reason, we asked them about Suzuka during the build-up to this weekend's Japanese Grand Prix - starting off with the man who has claimed more grand prix victories than anyone else...
Michael Schumacher: "It certainly achieves 10 out of 10 because of the nature of the track, the corner combinations, the speed, the challenge. It has everything that you look for. Even with the modern cars it remains challenging. We've recently been to Spa, which is one of my most loved tracks, but with modern F1 cars in certain areas it's too easy compared to what it used to be. Suzuka remains that kind of challenge because it's not flat-out in all areas."
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