Japanese Grand Prix 2019: Time, TV channel, live stream & grid. Lewis Hamilton is closing in fast on a sixth F1 World Championship title ahead of this weekend’s Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka.
The Mercedes superstar profited from Ferrari’s botched strategy in Russia to claim victory ahead of team-mate Valtteri Bottas, and he now leads the Finn by a massive 73 points with just five races remaining.
Ferrari meanwhile will be desperate to quickly erase the memory of that mess in Sochi after a renaissance which had seen them claim victory in the three previous races (two from young gun Charles Leclerc and one from four-time World Champion Sebastian Vettel).
Suzuka presents a unique test for F1 drivers with its figure eight layout, and should again provide a fascinating spectacle when the 2019 running plays out.
Here is everything you need to know ahead of one of the most iconic races in the F1 calendar.
The start times for the Japanese Grand Prix have been rescheduled and updated following the expected impact of Typhoon Hagibis in the area around Suzuka on Saturday. Qualifying on Saturday has now been moved to Sunday and Practice 3 has been cancelled completely. Updated times are as follows:
Practice 1: Friday October 11, 1000 local time (0200 BST)
Practice 2: Friday October 11, 1400 local time (0600 BST)
Practice 3: Cancelled due to the threat of Typhoon Hagibis
Qualifying: Sunday October 13, 1000 local time (0200 BST)
Race: Sunday October 13, 1410 local time (0610 BST)
Can Lewis Hamilton possibly be caught from this position? Over halfway through the 2019 Formula 1 season and the Brit remains hot favorite to make it three in a row? Valtteri Bottas, Charles Leclerc and Max Verstappen continue to fight, but they’ll need to do act fast if they want to beat the main man. You can watch every Grand Prix of the year from pretty much anywhere on Earth with an F1 live stream – and this guide will help you find one.
We were starting to think that the drivers’ championship race was effectively over before the season even got half way through, but then finally Verstappen and Leclerc began to keep Hamilton away from the top of the podium – at least for a few Grand Prix!
After an exciting Formula 1 season last time around where Lewis Hamilton came out on top with the World Drivers’ Championship title and his team Mercedes nabbed the World Constructors’ Champion title, it’s going to be tough to top. Yet Hamilton has already said that’s exactly what he plans to do for 2019 – and he’s going the right way about it so far.
The 2019 F1 season has already featured the 1,000th World Championship race in history, which will take place in China. But the excitement goes far beyond mere marks of measure, with another m-word set to tear up the tarmac – Mercedes. Valtteri Bottas has started the season very strongly, as well.
Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel finished 2018 as runner-up and you can expect the four-time world champion to push all the way. Vettel is also under pressure as his new teammate and rising star Charles Leclerc replaces Kimi Raikkonen (who finished third overall in 2018) at Ferrari. Raikkonen joins Alfa Romeo Racing–Ferrari for this year. And this season sees McLaren changing from Honda to Renault as engine supplier after too many reliability issues.