News On F1 - Formula 1 News, Results, Information and Statistics
Formula 1 Merchandise
F1 Merchandise

Formula 1 news, results and statistics when you need it

2000 Japanese GP News
6 - 8 October  2000

Main Page
Formula 1 News
2016 F1 Schedule
2016 F1 Line-up
2015 F1 Results
F1 Teams
F1 Drivers
NewsOnF1 Mobile
10 'n' Pole
Register - Submit
F1 Regulations
The Forums
Live F1 Coverage
Time & Weather
Motorsport Shop
Motorsport Calendar

F1 Merchandise UK
F1 Merchandise USA

F1 Tours
F1 Tickets
F1 Diecast
F1 Videos
F1 Games
F1 Trivia
NewsOnF1 on Twitter
MotoGP Tickets
Past Formula 1 Seasons
2015 F1 Results
2014 F1 Results
2013 F1 Results
2012 F1 Results
2011 F1 Results
2010 F1 Results
2009 F1 Results
2008 F1 Results
2007 F1 Results
2006 F1 Results
2005 F1 Results
2004 F1 Results
2003 F1 Results

2002 F1 Results

2001 F1 Results

2000 F1 Results

1999 F1 Results

1998 F1 Results

1997 F1 Results
2010 World Cup
Contact Us
Your Say
Diagnosis & Prognosis
By the Heretic
Controversy Corner
The Real Race
By the Quali-flyer
F1 Testing
F1 Team Reports
8 'n' Pole
2006 World Cup

Download the
powered by Alexa


Practice 1
- Practice 2

Practice 1 - Practice 2  Qualifying


Drivers Championship Constructors Championship
Japanese GP Practice timed results
Japanese GP Qualifying and Race timed results

Japanese Grand Prix Preview

Michael Schumacher can win his third Drivers' Title in Japan if he wins regardless of where Mika Hakkinen finishes. (Click here for a number of other scenario's)
Schumacher is certainly looking good coming out from 2 victories in a row at Italy and the US and his car appears to be on par with the McLaren. Schumacher has also been very quick in Japan in the past and despite not winning the last 2 years, he has secured Pole position on both occasions as well as the fastest lap.

Mika Hakkinen appeared strong at the US GP and had it not been for an engine failure, we would have witnessed an interesting duel between the two. Hakkinen has managed to win in Japan under pressure in the last two years and both were title deciders. In 98 he was 4 points ahead of Schumacher in the Championship while in 99 he was 4 points behind Irvine.
This year he is 8 points behind Schumacher with 2 races to go and he must win this race if he wants to have a realistic chance of winning the championship.

As we saw at the US GP, team orders will come into play at this race with David Coulthard and Rubens Barrichello out to help their team-mates if they can.

Ferrari: They have moved ahead of McLaren in both championships. A win at Suzuka will secure the drivers' title and could also secure the constructor's title. They have won the last 2 races and are looking good for their third. A 1 - 2 finish is a strong possibility. Rubens Barrichello will play a support role to Michael.

McLaren: Had their first car failure in 13 races which is a very good record. They are under a lot of pressure here but Hakkinen has proved in the past that he can win under these circumstances but will he make it 3 in row ? Possible but difficult.
David Coulthard will play a support role to Mika.

Williams: Despite not scoring any points at the US GP, Williams are running 3rd in the championship and don't appear to be threatened by Benetton, BAR or Jordan. Leading by 14 points from Benetton, they are in a strong position to finish in 3rd position. Ralf Schumacher has been struggling in qualifying but in the race he has been very good while Jenson Button has been very good in qualifying but still needs more experience and maturity during the race. A top 6 finish is possible but both Jordan and BAR will be strong competitors.

Benetton: They had a bad weekend in the US as they struggled to come to grip with the new circuit. They should do better here but will not finish in the points. Both Jordan and BAR are about to get ahead of them and they probably will by the end of the season. A top 10 finish is possible.

Jordan: We saw a good duel between Frentzen and Villeneuve in the US for 3rd position. Expect more of the same here as Honda will provide both teams with whatever it can to ensure that they get a good result at their home GP. Trulli had 3 retirements in row, twice clashing with Button. If he manages to survive the first few laps here then a top 6 is a strong possibility.

BAR: They are getting stronger by the race and at Japan expect them to be slightly ahead of Williams and Jordan. If any of the top 2 teams hit problems then you could see a BAR on the podium. A top 6 finish for Villeneuve is more likely though. Zonta has been looking good and trying to impress any prospective employer to secure a drive next year. He could also do well.

Arrows: They didn't finish in the US but they didn't look good either. They qualified in 13th and 18th as they struggled with the balance of the car in the infield section. They should do better in Japan but there are also the reliability problems. They will be fighting with Sauber and Jaguar and they need to score a point or two to maintain 7th position in the constructor's championship. A top 10 finish is a strong possibility.

Sauber: Pedro Diniz managed to finish in the top 10 in the US. Expect more of the same here. There are just a point behind Arrows in the championship and they would want to ensure that they finish ahead of them by the end of the season. Scoring 1 point this season is very hard though.

Jaguar: Both cars finished in the US and Herbert's gamble by staying on dry tyres at the start almost paid off. They appear to have the reliability under control but they need to get the performance. I am sure that they are concentrating on next year's car as they know that it will be very very hard to move from their 9th position in the championship as they are 3 points behind Sauber. A top 10 finish is possible but a top 6 will be very very hard.

Prost: They are desperate to get a single point in the championship but that is looking almost impossible. They could finish the race possibly in front of Minardi.

Minardi: Unless the cars ahead have problems, they will qualify and finish the race at the back.

Friday Practice Reports
Saturday Practice and Qualifying Reports
Race Report
Back to Top

We Recommend
F1 Tickets
Spanish F1 GP
Canadian F1 GP
British F1 GP
European F1 GP (Valencia)
Belgian F1 GP
Italian F1 GP
United States F1 GP
Abu Dhabi F1 GP
VIP F1 Paddock Club Tickets
MotoGP Tickets
Netherlands MotoGP
Catalunya MotoGP
Portuguese MotoGP
Valencia MotoGP
MotoGP VIP Village Tickets
more Motorsport Tours & Holidays
Australian F1 Grand Prix Tour package
Clipsal 500 Adelaide package

F1 Merchandise

Formula 1 Model Cars (Diecast)

Official 2010 F1 Season Review

Autocourse 2010 Annual

F1 World Championship Yearbook 2010

Auto Magazines

Formula 1 Books

Race Car Design Books

Ayrton Senna

Past Formula 1 Drivers

F1 Driver Biographies