The much-anticipated F1 has returned to Suzuka after a three-year absence due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Heavy rain was the main factor in both Friday’s training sessions.
After Fernando Alonso dominated the first training session, Russell led his former teammate 1-2 Lewis Hamilton in FP2. The German manufacturer was impressed despite suffering from the rain in Singapore last weekend.
Max Verstappen finished the second practice session in third place, directly ahead of Red Bull teammate Sergio Perez, while Charles Leclerc, Verstappen & rsquor’s closest challenger to the title, could only finish 11th in FP2.
Verstappen leads Leclerc by 104 points at the top of the Formula 1 standings with five races remaining, while his Red Bull teammate Perez remains 106 points behind the Dutch driver after his victory in Singapore.
In short, Verstappen needs 112 points at the end of the Japanese Grand Prix to win the title in four races. Therefore, Verstappen must lead Leclerc with eight points and Perez with six points to claim the title in Japan.
How can Verstappen seal the Formula 1 world title at the Japanese Grand Prix?
If Verstappen wins and scores the fastest lap, he’s a champion.
If Verstappen wins without having the fastest lap and Leclerc finishes lower than second.
If Verstappen finished second, Leclerc finished fifth without the fastest lap or sixth with fastest lap or less, Perez finished fifth or less.
If Verstappen is third with the fastest lap, Leclerc is sixth or lower and Perez is fifth or lower.
If Verstappen is third without the fastest lap, Leclerc is seventh or lower and Perez is fifth or lower.
If Verstappen finished fourth, Leclerc finished eighth or less or Perez finished seventh without fastest lap or less.
If Verstappen finished fifth, Leclerc finished ninth or less, and Perez finished eighth or less.
If Verstappen is sixth, Leclerc is eleventh or less and Perez is ninth or less.
Any alternative outcome does not fit those multiple scenarios and the title battle continues at the US Grand Prix.
What time does qualification for the F1 Japanese Grand Prix start?
Qualification for the Japanese Grand Prix begins at 3pm local time (7am GMT), following the usual format for the Q1, Q2 and Q3 knockout sessions.
When: Saturday, October 8, 2022
Start time: 3:00 PM local time – 7:00 AM GMT
How can I watch Formula 1?
In the UK, Formula 1 is shown live on Sky Sports, with highlights shown on Channel 4 several hours after the race ends. Streaming live via NOW is also available in the UK.
Sky Sports F1, which shows F1 races, can be added as part of the Sky Sports Channels costing £20 a month for new customers. Sky Sports can also be accessed via NOW for a one-time payment of £11.98 per day or a monthly subscription of £33.99 per month.
How can I watch the Japanese F1 GP Championship Qualifiers?
In the UK, all F1 practice, qualifying and races are shown live on Sky Sports F1 and Sky Sports Main Event. Japan GP qualifying coverage begins at 6:00 AM GMT on Sky Sports F1 and Sky Sports Main Event.
- Channel: Sky Sports F1 and Sky Sports Main Event
- Start time: 06:00 GMT Oct 8, 2022
Autosport has live text coverage of qualifying here.
When will I be able to see the highlights of the Japanese GP Qualifiers?
In the UK, Channel 4 is showing the highlights of qualifying for the Japanese Grand Prix on Saturday at 10.50am GMT. The full program will run for 90 minutes, covering qualification and summarizing the key points from the race on the weekend.
Throughout the 2022 F1 season, Channel 4 will feature highlights from every qualifying race and every race from every event. These highlights will also be available on Channel 4’s on-demand catch-up services.
- Channel: Channel 4
- Start: 10:50 AM GMT Oct 8, 2022
Will the Japanese Grand Prix qualifying be broadcast on the radio?
Live radio coverage of all training, qualifications and races for the F1 2022 season will be available on BBC Radio 5 Live, BBC 5 Live Sports Extra or via the BBC Sport website.
Qualifying coverage of the Japanese Grand Prix will begin at 7.00am GMT on BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra and the BBC Sounds app.
What is the weather forecast for qualifying in Suzuka?
Qualifying for Suzuka Stadium is expected to begin on Saturday with hot and dry conditions, with little chance of rain. The temperature is expected to be 25 degrees Celsius at the start of qualifying, three degrees lower than it was during qualifying for the Singapore Grand Prix last time.
FP1 Japanese Grand Prix result
FP2 Japanese Grand Prix result
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