F1 returns to Japan for the first time since 2019 after an enforced three-year hiatus because of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The iconic Suzuka circuit is a favourite among the drivers due to its high-speed nature and breathtaking corners.

Red Bull’s Max Verstappen is eyeing his second drivers’ title this weekend - 11 years on from the scene of Sebastian Vettel’s second triumph with the same team.

Mercedes have dominated the Japanese GP in the V6 hybrid era with Lewis Hamilton winning four times, with Nico Rosberg and Valtteri Bottas winning once each.

F1 Japanese Grand Prix weekend schedule (UK times)

Friday, October 7

4am to 5am - FP1

7am to 8am - FP2

Saturday, October 8 

4am to 5am - FP3

7am to 8am - Qualifying

Sunday, October 9 

6am - Race

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Friday, October 7

3:30am - FP1

6:45am - FP2

Saturday, October 8

3:45am - FP3

6am - Qualifying 

8:45am - Ted’s qualifying notebook

Sunday, October 9 

4:30am - Live Grand Prix Sunday

5:55am - Live Japanese Grand Prix

8am - Live Chequered Flag

9am - Ted’s race notebook 

Recent F1 Japanese GP winners

2019 - Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes)

2018 - Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)

2017 - Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)

2016 - Nico Rosberg (Mercedes)

2015 - Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)

2014 - Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)

2013 - Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull)

2012 - Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull)