Japanese Grand Prix 2019: What time does the F1 race start today, what TV channel is it on and how has it been affected by Typhoon Hagibis?

Telegraph 1 week ago

What is it?

The 2019 Japanese Grand Prix, the 17th race of the 2019 Formula One season. 

When is it?

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. 

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 was Saturday's running cancelled?​

Because of the severe weather that was 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. Their qualifying coverage begins at 1.30am BST on Sunday, with the program running right through until the end of the race. 

Channel 4 have highlights for this round, too. Their race coverage is due to start at 2.20pm BST on Sunday. 

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)?

  • Hamilton 8/11
  • Bottas 4/1
  • Leclerc 5/1
  • Verstappen 15/1
  • Albon 200/1

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