Renault duo Jarno Trulli and Fernando Alonso are looking forward to the end of the Formula One season, not because it will give them a little time off to spend with friends and family, but because it gives them the chance to tackle one of the most challenging circuits on the schedule.

For almost any driver, Japan's Suzuka layout provides the highlight of the grand prix season, and Trulli and Alonso are not alone in raving about the twists and turns which make it a venue to savour from the cockpit.

"It is my favourite type of circuit - somewhere very technical which demands lots from the driver and the car," Trulli explained, "It has every type of corner, and the car needs a little bit of everything to be competitive there.

"The most difficult part is the series of 'esses' behind the pits, where you need to get the perfect line from start to finish, because how you take each corner dictates the speed you can carry into the next one. It's a big challenge, but one I enjoy a lot."

"Suzuka is a fabulous circuit to drive a Formula One car on," his Spanish team-mate agreed, "There have been some changes at 130R, which means one of the big challenges is different, but we still have the Esses, as well as almost every other corner around the circuit, to keep us on our toes.

"In one sense, set-up is simple there - you just need a car that is good at everything. In reality, however, that means lots of compromises, so we will be working hard in practice to dial in the chassis and tyres. But we will be good there: the circuit should suit us."

Trulli echoes Alonso's belief that the R23 should be a competitive proposition in Japan, as the team looks to build on its solid performances in Spain and Hungary.

"I think Suzuka will suit the R23B, and certainly we should be even more competitive than at some of the other tracks we have been to recently," the Italian reasoned, "Since we introduced the 'B' spec at Silverstone, the car has been very strong at every type of circuit, and the characteristics of Suzuka should suit our package.

"The guys at Viry have worked very hard through the year as well, and that has brought big benefits. We are looking to end the season on a high, and the fantastic Japanese fans will only help that!"

 

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