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Lewis Hamilton discusses love for Japan and Suzuka’s ‘unique’ challenges

The Mercedes driver has always been vocal about his love for the Japanese Grand Prix

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Lewis Hamilton has spoken glowingly about Japan as a nation and the Japanese Grand Prix ahead of a landmark first spring race at Suzuka over the weekend.

The Mercedes driver has never held back when explaining what he loves so much about Japan and its people. Considering he has won five races in the country, four at Suzuka and one at Fuji, his love for the Japanese Grand Prix is no surprise.

“Just driving this track is such an incredible experience. For most drivers it’s the track you want a chance to drive and they don’t make them like this circuit, the undulation you can have and the overlapping is pretty unique,” Hamilton told the press in Japan.

This is the first time that Formula 1 has come to Japan in the springtime, with the race traditionally being held towards the end of the F1 season, hence Max Verstappen winning the 2022 championship there, and Damon Hill sealing his 1996 triumph in the country.

Lewis Hamilton during 2023 Japanese GP | Mercedes F1 Team
Lewis Hamilton during 2023 Japanese GP | Mercedes F1 Team

Hamilton the tourist in Japan

Hamilton was asked what his experience has been like in Japan this time around given Formula 1 rolls into town during cherry blossom season rather than later in the year when the weather can be less favourable. 

The seven-time world champion explained that he always has a great time in Japan but 2023 was a standout because he got to visit Mario World.

“My Japanese experience is always amazing, I love being out here. Last year was probably the best that I had because I went to Mario World, I didn’t get a chance to do that this year. But yeah, I’m definitely gonna go back next year, I think,” Hamilton said.

“I love being in Tokyo. It’s just it’s one of my favourite places to come to because the culture is so special, there’s such a deep, rich culture here. The people are amazing, the food is fantastic, the cities are all unique, they have so much history. 

“So there’s a lot more to see here than what we probably get to do on short journeys. But I definitely advise anyone that does get a chance to come out here to venture out and see some of the great cities.”

John Smith
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