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When to watch Japanese GP live on Sky Sports

For the first time in the event’s history, the Japanese Grand Prix takes place in April and will host the fourth round of the 2024 F1 season next weekend.

Last time out in Australia, Carlos Sainz led Ferrari to an impressive one-two after the Spaniard returned from appendix surgery and ended Max Verstappen’s winning run.

Verstappen had won the previous nine races but suffered his first retirement for two years due to a brake issue. However, many people believe the Dutchman would not have won the race, or certainly not easily, had he made the chequered flag.

Lando Norris’s third place at Albert Park meant he became the driver with the most podiums (14) without a win in F1 and McLaren should be strong once again in Suzuka.

Norris and Oscar Piastri had a double podium at the Japanese GP six months ago as their car suits the fast, flowing corners of Suzuka.

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Take a look back at some of the funniest moments from the 2023 Japanese GP, including Ted Kravitz’s battle with a vending machine and a Guenther Steiner superfan!

There is lots of head scratching at Mercedes as correlation issues mean the car is not extracting the performance they are seeing in the factory.

Lewis Hamilton and George Russell both failed to finish in Melbourne and they will be looking to respond in Japan, where Yuki Tsunoda will be driving on home soil for RB.

Why has the Japanese GP changed date?

As part of F1’s bid to become more sustainable and net zero carbon by 2030, the Japanese GP has moved to early April so it takes place in between the Australian and Chinese Grands Prix.

Conditions are similar to the usual autumn date at this time of year, so rain is still possible and air temperatures will be in the late teens.

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Highlights of the 2023 Japanese GP from the Suzuka circuit

In February, Suzuka signed a new five-year contract extension to remain on the calendar until at least 2029.

The high-speed circuit, which is hugely popular among drivers, has played host to many memorable F1 moments, with 12 drivers’ championships’ settled there.

“Suzuka is a special circuit and part of the fabric of the sport, so I am delighted that F1 will continue to race there until at least 2029,” said F1 president Stefano Domenicali.

“As we prepare to return to Japan earlier than usual this season, l would like to express my huge gratitude to the promoter and team at Honda MobilityLand for supporting our effort towards greater calendar rationalisation as we look to make the sport more sustainable.

“Our fans in Japan embrace Formula 1 with a unique passion and we look forward to working with the promoter to give fans the experience they deserve for years to come.”

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Max Verstappen, Sergio Perez, Yuki Tsunoda and Liam Lawson took on a Japanese-themed game show racing challenge

Sky’s live Japanese GP coverage plus replays and highlights

It’s another race to set your alarms for as Friday’s practice sessions are at 3.30am and 7am before final practice on Saturday at 3.30am and qualifying at 7am.

Lights out for the Japanese GP is on Sunday at 6am but there will also be a full race replay at 10am if you don’t fancy getting up early. As always, you can watch it all live on Sky Sports F1. Highlights and replays of every session will be shown throughout the weekend.

Sky Sports Main Event will also have coverage of every live session and you can also watch Sky Sports with a NOW Sports Month Membership.

Sky Sports F1’s live Japanese GP schedule

Thursday April 4
5am: Drivers’ press conference

Friday April 5
3am: Japanese GP Practice One (session starts at 3.30am)*
6.45am: Japanese GP Practice Two (session starts at 7am)*

8.30am: The F1 Show*
10am: Japanese GP Practice One replay
11.30am: Japanese GP Practice Two replay

Saturday April 6
3.15am: Japanese GP Practice Three (session starts at 3.30am)*
6am: Japanese GP Qualifying build-up*
7am: Japanese GP Qualifying*
9am: Ted’s Qualifying Notebook*
10am: Japanese GP Qualifying replay

Sunday April 7
5am: Grand Prix Sunday Japanese GP build-up*
8am: Chequered Flag: Japanese GP reaction*
9am: Ted’s Notebook*
9.30am: Japanese Grand Prix replay
12pm: Japanese Grand Prix highlights

*also live on Sky Sports Main Event

Formula 1’s biggest ever season continues with the Japanese Grand Prix, live on Sky Sports F1 from April 5-7. Stream every F1 race and more with a NOW Sports Month Membership – No contract, cancel anytime

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