The Big Quiz – test your Japanese Grand Prix knowledge

October 6 2016 , 12:00 am
Japan is famed for its passionate and knowledgeable fans – but is your familiarity with their home race up to muster? It’s time to put your thinking cap on…

Answers at the bottom of the page

Question 1:

Which driver sported a one-off helmet design featuring two sumo wrestlers at the 2013 Japanese Grand Prix?

Question 2:

James Hunt famously won the 1976 drivers’ title by finishing third in a rain-soaked shootout with Niki Lauda at Fuji – but who won that race?

Question 3:

In the onboard video below, who is seen spinning out of the 2012 race at Suzuka?

Question 4:

Three drivers have won the Japanese Grand Prix three times or more – name them.

Question 5:

Which Japanese driver is pictured below, competing at his home Grand Prix in 2006?

Question 6:

What was unusual about qualifying for the 2004 and 2010 Japanese Grands Prix?

Question 7:

Which future F1 team owner became the first Japanese driver to stand on a Grand Prix podium when he finished third in his home race in 1990?

Question 8:

Which driver was forced to sit out the 2009 Japanese Grand Prix after sustaining a leg injury in a crash during qualifying?

Question 9:

In the video below, which driver is Michael Schumacher seen tangling with at Suzuka’s chicane in 2003?

Question 10:

“I’m going to try to stay out mate, I’ve been sick in the car, but I want to see how it goes” – which unwell driver uttered these words over team radio midway through the 2007 Japanese Grand Prix at Fuji?

Question 11:

Who was promoted to victory in the 1989 Japanese Grand Prix after Ayrton Senna – the first man across the line – was disqualified from the results?

Question 12:

Sebastian Vettel has finished on the podium in every race he has started at Suzuka – true or false?

Question 13:

What was unusual about the method by which the result of the 1994 Japanese Grand Prix – won by Damon Hill (below) – was decided?

Question 14:

“It was a nice gesture, but I don’t think it was particularly well executed. It could have been done more magnanimously.” To what incident from the 1991 Japanese Grand Prix was McLaren boss Ron Dennis referring?    

Question 15:

Which one of these teams has never taken pole in Japan – Renault, Toyota or Williams?


1. Jenson Button; 2. Mario Andretti; 3. Sauber’s Sergio Perez; 4. Michael Schumacher (6), Sebastian Vettel (4) and Lewis Hamilton (3); 5. Sakon Yamamoto; 6. In both years qualifying took place on Sunday morning because of monsoon rainfall on the Saturday; 7. Aguri Suzuki, who went on to establish the Super Aguri team; 8. Timo Glock; 9. BAR’s Takuma Sato; 10. Red Bull’s Mark Webber; 11. Alessandro Nannini; 12. True;13. The race result was decided on aggregate time; 14. Race leader Ayrton Senna waving McLaren team mate Gerhard Berger through to victory at the final corner; 15. Renault

How did you get on?

0-5: Back of the grid

6-10: Solid midfield runner

11-15: Top of the podium


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