Formula 1 heads to Suzuka this weekend as Red Bull aim to secure back-to-back Constructors’ Championship titles at the Japanese Grand Prix.
The dominant force of F1 missed out on the chance to claim the trophy in Singapore last weekend as Max Verstappen’s win streak finally came to an end.
It was Carlos Sainz who finally put a stop to Verstappen’s run, ending Ferrari’s 14-month-long wait for a race victory in the process.
And that win for Sainz has made the race for third place in the Drivers’ Championship heat up, with the Spaniard hunting down Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso.
Hamilton moved above Alonso for the first time this season after a second-place finish in Singapore but he will be without boss Toto Wolff this weekend as the German undergoes surgery.
Japanese Grand Prix: Date and UK start time
The race weekend at the Suzuka Circuit will take place from Friday, September 22 until Sunday, September 24.
Practice One gets things underway at 3:30am UK time on Friday before Practice Two is scheduled to start at 7am.
Practice Three then takes place at 3:30am on Saturday ahead of qualifying which starts at 7am.
The Japanese GP is then set 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 scheduled to begin at 4:30am UK time on Sunday.
Sky Sports customers can live stream this via the app using their mobile, tablet or computer devices.
You can also purchase a Sky Sports Day Pass from NowTV for £11.98 while Channel Four will broadcast highlights later in the evening.
Fern Buckley will also have updates on the Singapore Grand Prix live on talkSPORT.
To tune in to talkSPORT or talkSPORT 2 through the website, click HERE for the live stream.
You can also listen via the talkSPORT app, on DAB digital radio, through your smart speaker and on 1089 or 1053 AM.
Japanese Grand Prix: What has been said?
Mercedes will be without boss Wolff as he undergoes surgery on his anterior cruciate ligament (ACL).
He was forced to have the operation as he ‘no longer has a cruciate ligament’ following a mountain biking accident.
Describing the incident and the surgery, 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 just snapped because I no longer have a cruciate ligament.
“I’m going to the Hochrum Clinic in Austria, where I’ll get a new cruciate ligament. Then I can do everything again.
“I’ll skip Japan, then it’s a free weekend, I’d like to walk around in Qatar without crutches.
“Then I might even be able to go skiing in the winter!”
Japanese Grand Prix: Driver standings
- Max Verstappen / Red Bull Racing / 374
- Sergio Perez / 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 Stroll / Aston Martin / 47
- Pierre Gasly / Alpine / 45
- Oscar Piastri / McLaren / 42
- Esteban Ocon / Alpine / 36
- Alexander Albon / Williams / 21
- Nico Hulkenberg / 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