Adrian Sutil believes 130R at Suzuka will become much more of a challenge due to the 2014 regulations.

In recent years, the high-speed left-hander has become a flat-out kink due to increased levels of downforce. However, the 2014 cars have less downforce than in previous seasons and Sutil is expecting 130R to be difficult for some teams to take flat with a less stable car.

"The Japanese Grand Prix is a nice event with many great fans at the track," Sutil said. "For me it is a very special Grand Prix, as in the past I lived in Japan for a year. Due to the fact that I won the Japanese Formula 3 Championship in 2006, I have great memories, and it is always a special feeling to come back.

"The track in Suzuka is with its many fast corners one of my favourites. The first sector especially is tricky, as it has a sequence of left-right-corners which can be driven very fast. From a technical point of view, this part of the track is quite challenging, so we need to have a stable car with a lot of downforce, and a front that responds quickly while turing in. The last sector is good for overtaking due to the DRS zone.

"In general the track is narrower compared to the more modern ones, and the run-off areas have gravel and grass, which does not allow room for mistakes. Moreover, I believe it will be difficult to go flat out through the very fast 130R left corner due to the reduced downforce of this year's cars. All in all, I would say this track is challenging and fascinating."



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