Hardly any other Audi driver knows the circuit better than André Lotterer, who has competed in the Japanese GT series and Formula 3000 for years and who lives in Tokyo. “At first glance Fuji looks quite easy, but it is actually quite difficult to drive. You need low drag for the highest possible top speed along the 1.5 kilometer long straight. On the other hand you need lots of downforce for the quick corners. It’s a big challenge for the drivers and teams to find the right compromise here. “The most challenging section is the last part, an off camber right hand corner and the following two lefts where the apexes are difficult to find. I love this circuit,” explains Lotterer.
Qualifying lap record:
Kazuki Nakajima, Toyota (1m 27.499s., 187.70 km/h)
Race lap record:
Wurz/Lapierre/Nakajima, Toyota (1m 28.088s., 186.50 km/h)