Formula 1 heads to Suzuka this weekend as Red Bull aims to win back-to-back Constructors’ Championship titles at the Japanese Grand Prix.
F1’s dominant force missed the chance to lift the trophy in Singapore last weekend as Max Verstappen’s winning streak finally came to an end.
It was Carlos Sainz who finally ended Verstappen’s race, ending Ferrari’s 14-month wait for a race victory.
And Sainz’s victory boosted the race for third place in the Drivers’ Championship, with the Spaniard chasing Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso.
Hamilton overtook Alonso for the first time this season after a second place in Singapore, but he will be without boss Toto Wolff this weekend as the German undergoes an operation.
Japanese Grand Prix: UK start date and time
The race weekend at Suzuka Circuit will take place from Friday September 22 to Sunday September 24.
The first practice begins on Friday at 3:30 a.m. UK time, before the second practice begins at 7:00 a.m.
The third practice session will then take place on Saturday at 3:30 a.m. before qualifying which begins at 7:00 a.m.
The Japanese GP is then scheduled to start at 6am UK time on Sunday.
Japanese Grand Prix: TV channel and live stream
The race weekend will be broadcast live on Sky Sports F1.
Coverage of the race is expected to begin at 4.30am UK time on Sunday.
Sky Sports customers can stream this live through the app using their mobile devices, tablets or computers.
You can also buy a Sky Sports Day Pass from NowTV for £11.98 while Channel Four will show the highlights later in the evening.
Fern Buckley will also have updates on the Singapore Grand Prix live on talkSPORT.
To connect to talkSPORT or talkSPORT 2 via the website, click HERE for live streaming.
You can also listen via the talkSPORT app, on DAB digital radio, via your smart speaker and on 1089 or 1053 AM.
Japanese Grand Prix: what did we say?
Mercedes will be without boss Wolff as he undergoes anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) surgery.
He was forced to have surgery because he “no longer has a cruciate ligament” following a mountain bike accident.
Describing the incident and the operation, Wolff said: “I drove over slippery rocks. It wasn’t that I couldn’t handle it.
“But I wanted to support myself with my left leg – and it broke because I no longer have a cruciate ligament.
“I am going to the Hochrum clinic in Austria, where I will receive a new cruciate ligament. Then I can do it all again.
“I’m going to skip Japan, then it’s a free weekend, I’d like to walk around Qatar without crutches.
“Then maybe I can even go skiing in winter!” »
Japanese Grand Prix: driver rankings
- Max Verstappen / Red Bull Racing / 374
- Sergio Pérez / Red Bull Racing / 223
- Lewis Hamilton/Mercedes/180
- Fernando Alonso / Aston Martin / 170
- Carlos Sainz / Ferrari / 142
- Charles Leclerc / Ferrari / 123
- George Russell / Mercedes / 109
- Lando Norris / McLaren / 97
- Lance Drive / Aston Martin / 47
- Pierre Gasly / Alpine / 45
- Oscar Piastri / McLaren / 42
- Esteban Ocon / Alpine / 36
- Alexandre Albon / Williams / 21
- Nico Hülkenberg / Haas / 9
- Valtteri Bottas / Alfa Romeo / 6
- Zhou Guanyu / Alfa Romeo / 4
- Yuki Tsounda / Alphatauri / 3
- Kevin Magnussen / Haas / 3
- Liam Lawson / Alphatauri / 2
- Logan Sargeant / Williams / 0
- Daniel Ricciardo / Alphatauri / 0
- Nyck De Vries / Alphatauri / 0 OUT