All week, the chatter coming out of the Suzuka paddock had been about the rain. Specifically, Typhoon Phanfone was making its way across the Pacific Ocean on a crash course with the Japanese archipelago.
Japan has had more drivers start a Formula One grand prix than Australia, Austria, Canada, Spain, Finland and New Zealand (and plenty of other countries). In fact, there are only 10 countries in the world with more F1 drivers than Japan.
Despite those numbers, the countries listed above have something that Japan does not have: at least one F1 world champion.
Max Verstappen is set to make his Formula One debut for Toro Rosso during the first free practice session at the Japanese Grand Prix on Friday. He also turned 17 on Tuesday. So it’s kind of a big week for the Dutch teenager who is already confirmed for a Toro Rosso race seat in 2015.
Romain Grosjean has won everywhere he has raced: Formula Renault, Formula Three, GP2, the GT1 sports car series. Everywhere, that is, except Formula One.
Time for another multi-article post, with one preview and two reaction pieces from the exciting-but-could-have-been-more-exciting Singapore Grand Prix.
Last week, the FIA—Formula One’s governing body—sent a letter to the teams indicating they are no longer allowed to provide advice to their drivers via radio during the race. According to the BBC, the letter said, “no radio conversation from pit to driver may include any information that is related to the performance of the car or driver.”