Japanese Grand Prix: How to watch, schedule, weather forecast and all the key info

Max Verstappen in Japanese GP qualifying in 2019

Formula 1 is back in Japan for the first time since 2019 as the iconic Suzuka circuit makes a welcome return to the schedule.

It’s one of the most exciting races of the year with famous corners like 130R ready to challenge the drivers, and we’ve seen plenty of iconic moments here in the past.

Max Verstappen will be looking for his own this weekend, meanwhile, as he bids to win a second world title after a tough weekend in Singapore last time out.

READ MORE: HOW MAX VERSTAPPEN CAN WIN THE TITLE IN JAPAN

What’s all the key information for this weekend, though? We take a look now…


How to watch the Japanese Grand Prix in the UK

Charles Leclerc in the Japanese GP in 2019
SUZUKA, JAPAN – OCTOBER 13: Charles Leclerc of Monaco driving the (16) Scuderia Ferrari SF90 leads Nico Hulkenberg of Germany driving the (27) Renault Sport Formula One Team RS19 on track during the F1 Grand Prix of Japan at Suzuka Circuit on October 13, 2019 in Suzuka, Japan. (Photo by Charles Coates/Getty Images)

Sky Sports’ dedicated Formula 1 channel is going to be the place to be if you have access, with them showing every session live and exclusive across the weekend.

Sky’s coverage is impressive and very in-depth, with them also bringing the drivers’ press conferences and those of the team bosses to viewers over the course of the weekend.

If you don’t have Sky, though, Channel 4 also offer decent coverage, with them delivering free-to-air highlights later on in the day after the race has finished on Sunday.


What is the schedule for the Japanese Grand Prix this weekend?

Carlos Sainz in the Japanese GP in 2019
SUZUKA, JAPAN – OCTOBER 13: Carlos Sainz of Spain driving the (55) McLaren F1 Team MCL34 Renault on track during the F1 Grand Prix of Japan at Suzuka Circuit on October 13, 2019 in Suzuka, Japan. (Photo by Charles Coates/Getty Images)

Set those alarms! You’re going to have to get up early if you want to catch every session live from Suzuka this weekend and you live in the UK or Europe.

FP1 takes place at 4am UK time and lasts an hour on Friday, with FP2 taking place later on in the afternoon at 7am UK time and lasting for an hour and a half.

Saturday kicks off with FP3 at 4am UK time before the all-important business of qualifying at 7am, where Verstappen will be looking to have a little more fortune than he did in Singapore as he chases the championship.

As for the Grand Prix, lights out is at 6am UK time on Sunday, with 53 laps of the track scheduled. It’s one of the most anticipated races of the year and even more so this season after a few years away – forgive us if it’s now a procession and you’ve woken up early to watch it!


Japan Grand Prix weather forecast

SUZUKA, JAPAN – OCTOBER 13: A general view of the starting grid during the F1 Grand Prix of Japan at Suzuka Circuit on October 13, 2019 in Suzuka, Japan. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

There have been some very dramatic moments over the years at the Japanese Grand Prix, and that is only heightened when you add a sprinkling of rain to the mix.

How’s the weather for this weekend, then?

Rain is expected Friday afternoon in Suzuka and so both practice sessions could be wet, with highs of 19C degrees expected.

Saturday is being tipped to be a fair bit nicer than Friday, with the sun shining and just a bit of cloud cover. Temperatures could get into the low 20s.

Finally, on Sunday, the temperatures are set to remain the same as Saturday but the forecast suggests we could have a mix of sunshine and showers during the race, which might spice things up a little.


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