F1 Japanese Grand Prix 2022 qualifying live, updates, highlights from Suzuka

F1 Japanese Grand Prix 2022 qualifying live, updates, highlights from Suzuka

Formula 1 has returned to Japan for the first time since 2019, with Red Bull driver Max Verstappen on the verge of securing his second consecutive drivers’ championship.

All three practice sessions have been completed at the Suzuka Circuit, so it’s time for qualifying.

MORE: How can Max Verstappen be crowned F1 world champion at the Japanese Grand Prix?

F1 Japanese Grand Prix qualifying updates, highlights

1 hour to go: Verstappen set the standard in the final practice session and is favourite to take pole position for Sunday’s race.

However, Charles Leclerc is chasing his 10th pole of the season, with the Ferrari driver posing as a big threat.

The veteran, Fernando Alonso, finished in fourth during the third practice session and will be attempting to spring a shock, while Lewis Hamilton and his Mercedes struggled to make an impression.

1 hour 15 mins to go: F1 returns to Japan for the first time in three years!

Verstappen led the third and final practice session with the quickest lap time of 1:30.671 seconds. 

Carlos Sainz and Charles Leclerc trailed behind him, with Sainz 0.294s off the top spot on the time sheets.

Stay tuned as we bring you all the latest news from today’s qualifying.  

What must Max Verstappen do to be crowned F1 world champion this weekend?

There are several ways in which Red Bull’s Verstappen could claim his second successive world championship victory at the Japanese Grand Prix this weekend.

The most simple would be if he won the race and took the extra point for fastest lap along the way. That would see the Dutchman crowned world champion irregardless of where his title rivals finish. 

Verstappen could also be crowned champion if he finishes first, doesn’t record the fastest lap but Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc finishes lower than P2. 

Equally, if either Leclerc or teammate Sergio Perez finish ahead of him, Verstappen cannot be crowned champion in Japan. 

The other complicated permutations can be viewed here.

What channel is the F1 race on?

  • Race: Japanese Grand Prix
  • Date: Sunday, Oct. 9
  • TV channel: ESPN
  • Live stream: fuboTV

The ESPN family of networks will broadcast all 2022 F1 races in the United States using Sky Sports’ feed, with select races airing on ABC. You can also stream Formula 1 races live in the U.S. with fuboTV, which offers a free trial.

ESPN Deportes serves as the exclusive Spanish-language home for all 2022 F1 races in the U.S.

What time does the F1 race start?

  • Date: Sunday, Oct. 9
  • Start time: 1 a.m. ET / 6 a.m. BST (2 p.m. local time)

Sunday’s 2022 Japanese Grand Prix is scheduled to start at 2 p.m. local time. Lights out will likely take place just after 1 a.m. ET. ESPN’s prerace show typically airs the hour before the start of the race.

Below is the complete TV schedule for the weekend’s F1 events at the Japanese Grand Prix. All times are Eastern.

DateEventTime (ET)Time (BST) TV channel
Thursday, Oct. 6Practice 111 p.m.4 a.m.*ESPN/ESPN2
Friday, Oct. 7Practice 22 a.m.7 a.m.ESPN/ESPN2
Friday, Oct. 7Practice 311 p.m.4 a.m.*ESPN/ESPN2
Saturday, Oct. 8Qualifying2 a.m.7 a.m.ESPN/ESPN2
Sunday, Oct. 9Race1 a.m.6 a.m.ESPN

* + 1 day

Formula 1 live stream for the Singapore Grand Prix

For those who don’t have a cable or satellite subscription, five major OTT TV streaming options carry the ESPN networks — fuboTV, Sling, Hulu, YouTubeTV and DirecTV Stream. 

For those who do have a cable or satellite subscription but won’t be in front of a TV, Formula 1 races in 2022 can be streamed live via phones, tablets and other devices on the ESPN app with authentication.

Formula 1 schedule 2022

There are 22 scheduled events on the F1 docket for 2022, one race shy of tying the mark for longest F1 calendar.

The season started in Bahrain on March 20 and will end with the customary Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, although a bit earlier than usual, in November. If the schedule stands, this will be the earliest end of the Formula 1 season since it ended on Nov. 4 in 2013.

Returning to the 2022 F1 slate are the Canadian and Japanese Grand Prix, both of which were canceled in 2021 amid fallout from the coronavirus pandemic. 

The calendar also holds the maiden voyage for the Miami Grand Prix, the first of two races in the United States in 2022, with the customary United States GP taking place in October.

The Russian Grand Prix, originally scheduled for Sept. 25, was canceled because of the ongoing conflict between Russia and Ukraine.

Here’s the latest schedule (subject to change):

DateRaceTrackStart timeTV channelWinner (Team)
March 20Bahrain Grand PrixBahrain International Circuit11 a.m.ESPNCharles Leclerc (Ferrari)
March 27Saudi Arabian Grand PrixJeddah Street Circuit1 p.m.ESPNMax Verstappen (Red Bull)
April 10Australian Grand PrixAlbert Park Circuit1 a.m.ESPNCharles Leclerc (Ferrari)
April 24Emilia Romagna Grand PrixImola Circuit9 a.m.ESPNMax Verstappen (Red Bull)
May 8Miami Grand PrixMiami International Autodrome3:30 p.m.ABCMax Verstappen (Red Bull)
May 22Spanish Grand PrixCircuit de Barcelona-Catalunya9 a.m.ESPN2Max Verstappen (Red Bull)
May 29Monaco Grand PrixCircuit de Monaco9 a.m.ESPNSergio Perez (Red Bull)
June 12Azerbaijan Grand PrixBaku City Circuit7 a.m.ESPNMax Verstappen (Red Bull)
June 19Canadian Grand PrixCircuit Gillies-Villenueve2 p.m.ABCMax Verstappen (Red Bull)
July 3British Grand PrixSilverstone Circuit10 a.m.ESPNCarlos Sainz (Ferrari)
July 10Austrian Grand PrixRed Bull Ring9 a.m.ESPNCharles Leclerc (Ferrari)
July 24French Grand PrixCircuit Paul Ricard9 a.m.ESPNMax Verstappen (Red Bull)
July 31Hungarian Grand PrixHungaroring9 a.m.ESPNMax Verstappen (Red Bull)
Aug. 28Belgian Grand PrixCircuit de Spa-Francorchamps9 a.m.ESPNMax Verstappen (Red Bull)
Sept. 4Dutch Grand PrixCircuit Zandvoort9 a.m.ESPNMax Verstappen (Red Bull)
Sept. 11Italian Grand PrixAutodromo Nazionale Monza9 a.m.ESPNMax Verstappen (Red Bull)
Oct. 2Singapore Grand PrixMarina Bay Street Circuit8 a.m.ESPNSergio Perez (Red Bull)
Oct. 9Japanese Grand PrixSuzuka International Racing Course1 a.m.TBDTBD
Oct. 23United States Grand PrixCircuit of the Americas3 p.m.TBDTBD
Oct. 30Mexico City Grand PrixAutodromo Hermanos Rodriguez4 p.m.TBDTBD
Nov. 13Sao Paulo Grand PrixInterlagos Circuit2 p.m.TBDTBD
Nov. 20Abu Dhabi Grand PrixYas Marina Circuit8 a.m.TBDTBD

How to watch Formula 1 in Canada

  • TV channel: TSN (English); RDS (French)
  • Live stream: TSN Direct

For fans in Canada, TSN will carry the English-language telecast of races. For those looking for the French-language broadcast, RDS will have you covered.

Races can also be streamed via TSN’s streaming service, TSN Direct.

How to watch Formula 1 in the United Kingdom

  • TV channel: Sky Sports F1
  • Live stream: NOW TV

Viewers in the United Kingdom can catch all F1 action on Sky Sports F1, the dedicated F1 channel. For viewers planning to live stream F1 in 2022, you can purchase a Sky Sports Pass on NOW TV.

How to watch Formula 1 in Australia

  • TV channel: Fox Sports; Channel 10
  • Live stream: Kayo

Fox Sports will carry all races in Australia, with Channel 10 broadcasting the Australian GP.