Suzuka's guardian angels light up their temple of speed

It's commonplace for drivers to describe the fervor of any local crowd where they happen to be racing as "the best fans" ever.

But when it comes to true F1 passion and fervor, and the intensity - and respect - with which they are expressed, the good people of Japan truly rise above the rest.

On Saturday, many hours after the action had gone, Suzuka's main grandstand remained packed, its devoted residents guarding their temple of speed and lighting up the night with thousands of glow-sticks.

As a Honda driver, Pierre Gasly was the recipient of an extra dose of support and energy from the Japanese fans. Mesmerized by the enlightening fervor, the Toro Rosso driver felt compelled to capture the moment.