How to watch 2023 Japanese Grand Prix: start time, F1 live stream and TV schedule


Watch F1 via live stream or on TV: dates and start time for the 2023 Japanese Grand Prix from Suzuka, including qualifying and the grand prix

Wet start in Suzuka

Even through clouds of rain and unpredictability, Suzuka ranks among F1 driver's favourite circuits


While you may believe the key to an F1 drivers’ heart lies in Monaco, Silverstone or Monza, the actual answer can be found more than 8000 kilometres away at Suzuka — the legendary home of the Japanese Grand Prix.

Regularly cited as the best circuit the F1 calendar has to offer, drivers will certainly have this race circled as the 2023 campaign winds to a close, and will now be hoping to pounce upon a vulnerable Red Bull after its shock result in Singapore.

But if this year’s runaway leaders can pick themselves back up, the team has a chance of wrapping up its sixth constructors’ championship this weekend. Whatever happens, Max Verstappen can’t be crowned drivers’ champion in Japan.

But the biggest question of the weekend is whether the on-track action will reward a 4.30am alarm clock: raceday coverage starts bright and early. Here’s how to watch:


F1 live stream and TV schedule 

All times in BST

Saturday 23 September
Japanese Grand Prix
Sunday 24 September
Session start time 7am 6am
Live coverage
Sky Sports, Sky Go, NowTV
6am 4.30am
Channel 4
11.30am 12.30pm


How to watch F1: live stream and TV details for 2023 Japanese Grand Prix

The Japanese Grand Prix will use the familiar race weekend format: composed of three free practice sessions, qualifying on Saturday morning and a 53-lap race on Sunday.

Live TV: All sessions will be broadcast live on Sky Sports F1 starting with Free Practice 1 on Friday at 3.30am.

Live stream: For viewers in the UK, Sky Sports F1 subscribers can watch all the running live on the Sky Go app. Now TV subscribers can also see live coverage of every session via Sky Sports F1 with live timings available through the F1 app.

Highlights: Channel 4 will show highlights of the weekend, with action from qualifying on Saturday night. Japanese GP highlights will then be shown on Sunday evening.


Japanese GP circuit and details

Almost unchanged since its debut on the F1 calendar in 1987, the Suzuka International Racing Course blends together 3.6 miles of tarmac and 18 challenging corners into a unique figure-of-eight layout.

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Sector 1 is most commonly cited as a driver favourite: the ‘S’ Curves snaking uphill with unforgiving sand traps lurking either side — ready to punish drivers who push their cars just a touch too far.

130R and the Casio Chicane make up two intimidating final hurdles — the former taken flat-out by drivers at over 200mph (320km/h) while the latter provides one final overtaking opportunity before darting back down towards Turn 1.

In the past, success here has been determined by a driver’s ability to tiptoe on the limit — evident in wins for Kimi Räikkönen in 2005 and Fernando Alonso in 2006 — but the Suzuka circuit has also been a site of great drama: McLaren’s Ayrton Senna and Alain Prost crashing out in 1989, while Leclerc incurred a last-corner penalty in 2022, handing Verstappen the title.

A rain-free weekend is expected this year, but there’s usually action aplenty in the dry, with plenty of time to make up throughout the lap during qualifying and overtaking opportunities around (almost) every corner on race day.


130R, Spoon, the Degners and other corners make Suzuka a unique thrill-ride for drivers

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A singular DRS zone down the pit straight makes Turn 1 a common place to make moves through the field, although drivers high on bravery can fly past opponents through 130R — reminiscent of Alonso’s move on Michael Schumacher in 2005.


2023 Japanese GP full session times

All times in BST 

Friday 22 September Saturday 23 September Sunday 24 September
F1 Free Practice 1 – 3.30am
Free Practice 2 – 7am
Free Practice 3 – 3.30am
Qualifying – 7am
Japanese Grand Prix – 6am