Although he admits he is sad to see Suzuka missing from the Formula 1 calendar, Sakon Yamamoto says he can't wait to compete in his first F1 race at Fuji as the circuit returns to the calendar this weekend for the first time since the 1970s.

The Spyker racer is one of the most experienced drivers at the new-look circuit, something he will look to make the most of as the team chases a solid end to the season with its new B-spec car - which produced an encouraging performance last time out at Spa.

Heading into the weekend, Yamamoto admitted that he couldn't wait to compete in front of his home fans for a second time in Formula 1 and said he felt it was a circuit that will lend itself to over-taking throughout the field.

"Last year I was really surprised that so many Japanese fans cheered for us when I was driving with Super Aguri," he said. "That really gave me some power. So I'm looking forward to driving in front of them again. I also think my family and some friends are coming, so it will be good!

"Fuji is a very interesting circuit, because one side is a very quick straight, and the other is very technical, especially sector three. For a driver it's interesting, but for engineers it's a real compromise. The last part is probably best for drivers. It's a bit slow, but it's fun to drive. And also this is the part where the driver can make a difference, good or bad.

"I will miss Suzuka, but I am looking forward to the new Fuji. For a driver, Suzuka is perfect for driving one lap. But for a race, you can never overtake. At Fuji one lap is OK, but in a race if you are quicker than the guy in front you can have a chance to overtake him."

 

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