After arguably his most competitive F1 performance to date last time out at Spa, Adrian Sutil will aim to make past experience pay as Formula 1 returns to Fuji this weekend for the Japanese Grand Prix.

The German driver has previous knowledge of the circuit having raced in the Japanese F3 championship last season and will aim to use that knowledge to his advantage when the on-track action kicks off tomorrow.

"I had many F3 races and many tests there, so it's like my second home track!" he said. "The experience will help as I know which parts are important and how you set up the car there, what the benefits are and so on.

"I think it's very good to know about driving this circuit because it's not easy, and there are some special corners where you really have to be very smooth and not push, because otherwise you will be slow. I hope it will be an advantage."

Sutil added that he is excited about the prospect of racing a Formula 1 car at the picturesque circuit in the shadow of Mount Fuji and said the teams would need to strike a balance aerodynamically to get the right set-up for the weekend.

"I think it's very good that F1 is going there," he said. "The area surrounding the circuit is very nice, and the circuit is also a special track. It has a long straight, and also very tricky middle and last sectors. It's hard to find the right balance, because you need to be quick on the straights, but you need downforce for the last corners. In general I really like it. The last corner is really good, as you go straight towards Mount Fuji, and you see it right in front of you. The environment around it makes the track very special.

"It's like in Monza, I would say. Normally Fuji is a low downforce track, but for sure we'll see some cars running higher levels just trying to gain some time in the middle and last sector, but in general it'll be a low downforce set-up similar to Spa."

 

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