Pacific GP 1994-1995

My favourite track that was host to the Pacific GP. The Tanaka International Circuit (TI Circuit) was a twisty, slow 2.3-mile track deep in the countryside in Aida (near Kobe), Japan.

For only two seasons did the track enjoy the buzz of F1 cars tearing through the corners. The first race in 94 got off to a surprising start with Mika Hakkinen bumping Ayrton Senna off at ‘First corner’. Michael Schumacher coasted to victory ahead of Gerhard Berger and Rubens Barrichello who secured his first podium, in Jordans 50th GP. In the race Michael came within two seconds (on the road) of lapping second-placed Gerhard Berger but dropped off at lap 60.

The last GP at Aida took place at the end of the season because of the Kobe earthquake at the start of the year. Michael Schumacher took a tactical victory and became the youngest ever Double World Champion at the time.

What I loved about the track was its flowing corners followed by a twisty hairpin. It brought a unique style into F1 that I will never forget.