The Brawn F1 team left Suzuka after the 2009 Japanese Grand Prix needing just half a point to clinch the Constructors title as its sensational debut year rose to a dramatic climax.
This year's Japanese edition won't give any single driver or team such a decisive advantage but some of the leading contenders could be left feeling less optimistic about their chances with just three races remaining.
One of those is World Champion Jenson Button who must surely need a top three result at least to keep him with a realistic chance of retaining his title. The McLaren driver lies 25 points behind Championship leader Mark Webber and although those points can be found with a victory, Button has only stepped on to the podium once in the past six races and has to look back to April and China for his last win.
The man on form is Fernando Alonso, whose three wins and a second place in the last five races has propelled him to within 11 points of Webber and who looks to have the momentum behind him. Meanwhile, Webber looks to be doing just enough to keep his nose in front - a win this weekend would give him a great platform for the remaining races.