Japanese Grand Prix 2022: What time the F1 race starts, weather forecast, and how to watch on TV

Japanese Grand Prix 2022: What time the F1 race starts, weather forecast, and how to watch on TV / Pole position qualifier Max Verstappen of the Netherlands and Oracle Red Bull Racing celebrates in parc ferme during qualifying ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Japan at Suzuka International Racing Course on October 08, 2022 in Suzuka, Japan - Getty Images
Japanese Grand Prix 2022: What time the F1 race starts, weather forecast, and how to watch on TV / Pole position qualifier Max Verstappen of the Netherlands and Oracle Red Bull Racing celebrates in parc ferme during qualifying ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Japan at Suzuka International Racing Course on October 08, 2022 in Suzuka, Japan - Getty Images

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Max Verstappen's dominance of the 2022 Formula One world championship has seen him take a 104-point championship lead into the final five races of the season.

After failing to secure his second drivers' title in Singapore, he can do so in Japan this weekend as the Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka returns to the Formula One calendar for the first time since 2019.

He will need to finish 112 points ahead of his nearest rival – either Ferrari's Charles Leclerc or Red Bull team-mate Sergio Perez – heading into the next race in the United States, to claim a second world drivers' championship.

The Dutchman has a good chance of doing just that as he will start on pole for Sunday's Japanese Grand prix.

When is it?

The 2022 Japanese Grand Prix takes place from Friday October 7 until Sunday October 9.

What time does it start?

Unlike Singapore, which happened under lights, the Japanese Grand Prix is run in the day so it's an early start for European viewers. With Friday practice and qualifying done that just leaves the race itself.

Sunday, October 9: 
Japanese Grand Prix – 6am

What is the weather forecast for the weekend?

After a pretty sodden Friday, Saturday looks to be largely dry with only a small amount of rain forecast and only very late in the day, after F1 running has finished. For qualifying it will likely be sunny with partial cloud with a high of 22 degrees.

Forecast for the Japanese Grand Prix on Sunday is significantly damper. At present it looks likely to be dry until around 2pm local time – which is when the race starts. From around noon onwards there looks to be steady rain, getting heavier, predicted throughout the rest of the day.

Of course, that could well change in the meantime – and the exact time the rain comes exactly is still uncertain – but it looks like there is a reasonable chance for another wet race.

What TV channel is it on?

Sky Sports F1 have near-exclusive live coverage rights in the UK this year and indeed for the next few with their usual excellent team.

Sky's qualifying program starts at 6am on Saturday with their race coverage at 4.30am on Sunday.

Channel 4 also have extended highlights coverage this year, with their qualifying show starting at 10.50am on Saturday and their race highlights program at 12.30pm on Sunday.

What were the times after qualifying?

  1. Max Verstappen (Ned) Red Bull 1min 29.304secs

  2. Charles Leclerc (Mon) Ferrari 1:29.314

  3. Carlos Sainz Jr (Spa) Ferrari 1:29.361

  4. Sergio Perez (Mex) Red Bull 1:29.709

  5. Esteban Ocon (Fra) Alpine 1:30.165

  6. Lewis Hamilton (Gbr) Mercedes GP 1:30.261

  7. Fernando Alonso (Spa) Alpine 1:30.322

  8. George Russell (Gbr) Mercedes GP 1:30.389

  9. Sebastian Vettel (Ger) Aston Martin 1:30.554

  10. Lando Norris (Gbr) McLaren 1:31.003

  11. Daniel Ricciardo (Aus) McLaren 1:30.659

  12. Valtteri Bottas (Fin) Alfa Romeo Racing 1:30.709

  13. Yuki Tsunoda (Jpn) Scuderia AlphaTauri 1:30.808

  14. Guanyu Zhou (Chn) Alfa Romeo Racing 1:30.953

  15. Mick Schumacher (Ger) Haas F1 1:31.439

  16. Alexander Albon (Tha) Williams 1:31.311

  17. Pierre Gasly (Fra) Scuderia AlphaTauri 1:31.322

  18. Kevin Magnussen (Den) Haas F1 1:31.352

  19. Lance Stroll (Can) Aston Martin 1:31.419

  20. Nicholas Latifi (Can) Williams 1:31.511

What do we know about Suzuka?

  • Circuit length: 5.807km

  • First grand prix: 1987

  • Laps: 53

  • Race distance: 307.471km

  • Race lap record: 1.30.983 – Lewis Hamilton, 2019

  • 2019 winner: Valtteri Bottas, Mercedes

  • Number of corners: 18

  • Overtaking chances: So, so really. The best chance is into the final chicane and then maybe perhaps DRS-assisted onto the pit straight and (maybe) through the final corner. The hairpin is a place for a late lunge and into the fast double-left-hander at Spoon is a place for a really bold move.

What are the latest odds?

  • Max Verstappen 4/9

  • Charles Leclerc 3/1

  • Carlos Sainz 12/1

  • Lewis Hamilton 14/1

  • Sergio Perez 16/1

  • George Russell 25/1