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Brawn: Fitting if title is won at Suzuka

Ross Brawn says it will be fitting if the F1 title is won in Japan
Mercedes team boss Ross Brawn has said it would be fitting for the F1 championship title to be won in next weekend's Japanese Grand Prix.

Sebastian Vettel will take the crown if he scores a single point in the race, while the German could retire and still become champion unless Jenson Button wins for McLaren.

With the entire F1 paddock keen to put on a good show on what will be the sport's first appearance on Japanese soil since thousands were killed by the earthquake and tsunami, Brawn said it was almost fitting that the title is set to be won at Suzuka, while he also predicted a stronger weekend for his own team than under the lights of Singapore.

"Suzuka is a classic racing circuit which has hosted some memorable races over the years, and we are looking forward to returning to Japan next week,” he said. “The recent improvements to the circuit and paddock have made Suzuka an excellent venue, and the support that Formula One receives from the enthusiastic Japanese fans is always very impressive.

“After the tragedy which took place in the country earlier this year, we hope that the race will provide entertainment and enjoyment, and it seems somehow fitting that the championship is likely to be decided in Japan. From our team's perspective, we had a more challenging weekend in Singapore than at the final two European races, however Suzuka is a track which should be more suited to our car, so we will work hard to have a stronger weekend here."

Mercedes motorsport boss Norbert Haug echoed Brawn's sentiments ahead of the second flyaway race of the end of season run-in.

"The Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka holds a very special place in Formula One,” he said. “We always enjoy the warm welcome from the Japanese people, their great passion and enthusiasm for our sport, and of course the challenge of the majestic Suzuka circuit. Following the tragedy that struck the country last March, the whole Formula One community is determined to put on an exemplary and thrilling race for our loyal and dedicated fans, many of whom have endured great hardships over the past six months.

“The circuit itself needs no introduction - it is one of the world's greatest tracks, which tests man and machine to the limit. The layout is unique and one of the drivers' favourites; a mega-challenging circuit that is said to divide the men from the boys. In terms of average lap speed, Suzuka ranks - together with Spa and Monza - among the top five of the season, which should mean our technical package should be better suited here than at the slower speed tracks. Having said that, it is clear to us that we cannot change the current pecking order at Suzuka; our target will be to produce performances like we delivered in Spa and Monza."

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October 02, 2011 10:49 AM

Suzuka in a gem of a circuit, and is 310km south of the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant, so in unaffected by the devastating earthquake and concerns over nuclear fallout, health problems. I admire these people, if this disaster had happened in any other developed country we would not have seen the universal show of dignity and lack of any lawlessness that we saw. This race has got to be particularly special for Kamui Kobayashi, a good result for him would be great for his fellow Japanese as they continue to get back to normality. In July, Bernie said he will buy 3,000 tickets for the race to give away to fans. I would like to know if anyone has recieved their ticket?

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October 03, 2011 4:01 PM

@tealeaf Hamilton has made alot of mistakes in his short career and rubbed alot of people up the wrong way . But to call him scum is competely OTT .

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