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The 2005 Japanese Grand Prix Preview

With the drivers' title already clinched, the attention is now switched to the Constructors' Championship, with McLaren and Renault ready to continue their fight at this weekend's Japanese Grand Prix. Tom Keeble previews the race and rates the teams' chances of success ahead of the eighteenth round of the 2005 season

Suzuka hosts the Japanese Grand Prix for the eighteenth and penultimate round of the season. The unique figure of eight circuit is popular with teams, drivers and spectators, rewarding excellent set-up, efficient aerodynamics and powerful engines. As it consists of numerous types of flowing corners, it is highly technical and drivers can make a difference. The high speed corners will punish poor set-up by wearing tyres, and there's always "weather"!

With the Drivers' Championship sown up, it is all about the prestige of the Constructors' Championship for the final two races of the season. McLaren are looking for a perfect result to put it out of reach of Renault, whilst the Enstone outfit have been working hard to develop their car well enough to restore their lead.

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