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Moving to Japan.

I’m learning from people writing mysterious Facebook status updates and Twitter messages. That heading really got your attention, didn’t it? Am I the one moving to Japan? How did that happen? You’re filled with excitement and of course you want to know more. Not surprisingly, I have to disappoint you. Me and Anniken will eventually move out of this apartment, but to Japan? Not likely.

No, of course I’m talking about my favorite sport in the whole wide world: Formula 1. This weekend the 12 teams move to Asia for the Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka.

From the official circuit history:

One of the greatest tracks used in Formula One today, Japan’s Suzuka circuit is a massive test of car and driver ability. Built by Honda as a test facility in 1962, the track was designed by Dutchman John Hugenholz, the Hermann Tilke of his day. A huge theme park was also constructed at the track, including the famous big wheel which dominates the Suzuka skyline.

A Formula 1 circuit and a theme park? Those Japanese really know how to have a good time. If you’re living in Europe, you’d better start preparing mentally for the weekend, because you have to get up real early to watch the qualifying sessions and the race. Q1 starts at 07:00 CET on Saturday, while the race is on at 08:00 CET on Sunday.

But of course it’s worth it – and you can go take a nap after the race is over, too. Just imagine how well you’ll sleep knowing that Hamilton went off the track for the third race in a row. Well, at least a man can dream.

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