Formula 1 is back in Suzuka for the Japanese Grand Prix. It was in the Japanese Grand Prix that Max Verstappen won his second Drivers' Championship in 2022. This year, however, the Qatar Grand Prix may be his earliest opportunity to clinch his 2023 Drivers' Championship. On the other hand, Red Bull could win the Constructors' Championship for the second time in a row and the sixth time overall. Suzuka, often considered the finest Formula 1 circuit, favours low-downforce vehicles and highly dedicated drivers. While Ferrari has the former, its performance on tracks with high-speed bends has been a bit underwhelming compared to that of McLaren, Mercedes, Aston Martin, and, most importantly, Red Bull. This weekend should see the return of the Milton Keynes squad to its full strength, as the RB19's design features are a near-perfect fit for the layout at Suzuka. Red Bull has a 308-point advantage over Mercedes and a 332-point advantage over Ferrari. They will win the 2023 F1 constructors' championship if they exit Suzuka with a lead of 309 points or more. Red Bull must finish ahead of Mercedes in the Japanese Grand Prix by at least one point.
F1 Japanese Grand Prix 2023: Official Suzuka Race Schedule
Friday, September 22
Japanese GP FP1 - 08:00 am - 09:00 am
Japanese GP FP2 - 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Saturday, September 23
Japanese GP FP3 - 08:00 am - 09:00 am
Qualifying - 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Sunday, September 24
Japanese GP Race - 10:30 am
F1 Japanese Grand Prix 2023: Where to Watch in India
The upcoming 2023 Formula 1 Japanese Grand Prix will be broadcast in real-time on several international streaming platforms. Viewers in countries with access to F1TV Pro will be able to see the races from a number of different angles, including inside the car of their preferred driver. They will also be able to enjoy the statistical breakdown of the event and a live feed of the track.
SkySports subscribers can access similar content. In certain countries, like the United Kingdom and India, F1's television streaming rights have been discontinued. Consequently, spectators in these nations can obtain access to race coverage only by subscribing to an online streaming platform. The Formula 1 app provides accurate timing data, making it simple for spectators to follow the race in real-time.
F1 Japanese Grand Prix 2023: Interesting Fact about Suzuka
Located in Ino, Suzuka City, Mie Prefecture, Japan, the Suzuka International Racing Course is also known as the Suzuka Circuit and is owned and run by Honda. It is highly regarded by drivers, for it is one of the few modern tracks that still presents them with major challenges. Because of its unconventional figure-of-eight design, it has become an international hit and has inspired numerous knockoffs like Scalextric.
Over the years, safety enhancements have been implemented, including modifications to certain corners to provide more runoff space and the addition of a chicane on the start/finish straight. However, Suzuka Circuit retains its classic charm and remains a genuine test of skill for both riders and drivers alike.
Notable events held at Suzuka today include the Formula 1 Japanese Grand Prix, the GT endurance race Suzuka 10 Hours, and the motorcycle endurance race Suzuka 8 Hours, which is still one of the most significant events for manufacturers.