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Formula 1 Japanese GP
Analysis

The F1 treasure map where Hamilton hopes Mercedes hits gold

Mercedes has wrestled with what concept is best for its Formula 1 car since the beginning of the new ground effect ruleset. And while it is yet to truly emerge as a consistent frontrunner again, it now appears to be digging in the right place with its development path to truly strike gold

As one of the best circuits on the Formula 1 calendar, Suzuka is not only an amazing driver challenge, but it also exposes the strengths and weaknesses of cars like few other places. In fact, what tends to happen, is that the opening sequence of the track – as the cars snake left and right several times through the Esses all the way up to the Degner Curves – tends to exaggerate performance characteristics.

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