Lewis Hamilton is relishing the prospect of getting to grips with “one of the great racetracks of the world”.
Regardless of how the 2010 season plays out between now and the finale in Abu Dhabi on November 14, it is sure to be fondly remembered as one of the tightest and most keenly contested championships on record.
With four races remaining, five drivers remain in the hunt for the biggest prize in global motorsport – Hamilton and his McLaren team-mate Jenson Button, Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso and Red Bull duo Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel.
And with just 25 points – one race win – separating championship leader Webber from fifth-placed man Button, every turn of the wheel at the Suzuka circuit this weekend will be crucial, and Hamilton is determined to rise to the challenge.
“It’s a real driver’s circuit – you need to be committed and precise to do well there, and there’s no room for error either: no Tarmac run-off, and all the barriers are pretty close, so any mistake is going to hurt your chances big-time,” he said.
Mistakes have been a feature of Hamilton’s recent outings, with his tangles with Ferrari’s Felipe Massa in Italy and Webber in Singapore costing him a hatful of points and arguably the lead of the title race heading into the season’s closing stages.