What is it?
The 2019 Japanese Grand Prix, the 17th race of the 2019 Formula One season.
When is it?
The two practice sessions take place on Friday October 11. Due to the threat of severe weather from Typhoon Hagibis, all of Saturday's running has been cancelled, so qualifying and the race will take place on Sunday October 13, with final and third practice cancelled altogether.
What time does it start?
The rescheduled program has qualifying starting at the eye-wateringly early 2am BST on Sunday, but the race will begin, as scheduled, at 6.10am BST.
Why has Saturday's running been cancelled?
Because of the severe weather that is due to hit the Japanese mainland with Typhoon Hagibis.
A statement released on Friday morning read: “As a result of the predicted impact of Typhoon Hagibis on the Formula One Japanese Grand Prix 2019, Mobilityland and the Japanese Automobile Federation (JAF) have decided to cancel all activities scheduled to take place on Saturday, 12 October.”
“The FIA and Formula 1 support this decision in the interest of safety for the spectators, competitors and everyone at the Suzuka Circuit.” The circuit will be closed to teams, spectators and the media.
What TV channel is it on?
Sky Sports F1 have exclusive coverage rights in the UK this year and indeed for the next few. The schedules have yet to be confirmed but their qualifying coverage begins normally one hour before qualifying, so 1am BST on Sunday.
Channel 4 have highlights for this round, too. Their race coverage is due to start at 2.20pm BST on Sunday, but it is currently unknown whether that slot will be extended to reflect both qualifying and the race taking place on the same day.
You can also keep up to date throughout the race with Luke Slater right here at Telegraph Sport.
What do we know about Suzuka International Racing Course?
- Circuit length: 5.801km
- First grand prix: 1987
- Laps: 57
- Race distance: 307.471km
- Race lap record: 1.31.540 - Kimi Raikkonen, 2005
- 2018 winner: Lewis Hamilton, 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 odds (top six)?
- Lewis Hamilton 6/4
- Charles Leclerc 2/1
- Sebastian Vettel 7/2
- Valtteri Bottas 7/1
- Max Verstappen 8/1
Alexander Albon 125/1
What is our prediction?
A tough one, really. Ferrari have had the quickest car in qualifying for the past four races and in Russia last time out they matched Mercedes' race pace too. This all suggests they should be there or thereabouts and on a track like Suzuka the driver can make a real difference. So we could get a four, five or six way battle for pole position. Red Bull and Honda have been using their engine penalties to save them for Suzuka, which is a very important (and home) race for Honda. They may well be in the mix but I can't see them challenging the front row. So, I predict a Leclerc victory with Hamilton second. The two most in-form drivers at the moment. The limited running could and should help with a good race, though, whether or not it stays dry for Sunday.
Podium prediction: 1st Leclerc 2nd Hamilton 3rd Verstappen