2023 F1 Japan Race Time, Qualifying Time & Schedule – Suzuka

Alex Gassman

by Alex Gassman

Japan Grand Prix Schedule 2023

Japan F1 schedule for the 2023 Japanese Grand Prix held on the Suzuka circuit from Friday 22nd to Sunday 24th September.

The timetable below includes practice, qualifying and race start times in the circuit local time and different international time zones for people watching the Formula 1 from other countries.

It also details the complete schedule of all F1 and support races over the weekend so you can keep up with the on-track action if you’re attending in person.


F1 Japan race weekend format

The Japanese Grand Prix weekend doesn’t feature a sprint race.  Instead it sticks to the traditional Formula 1 race weekend format of three practice sessions, one qualifying session (split in to Q1 / Q2 / Q3) and one race.

Below is the format of all F1 sessions across the F1 Japan race weekend:

Friday 22nd September

  • First practice session (60 mins)
  • Second practice session (60 mins)

Saturday 23rd September

  • Third practice session (60 mins)
  • Qualifying – Q1 / Q2  / Q3 (60 mins)

Sunday 24rd September

  • Race (53 laps or 120 mins)

2023 Japanese GP Qualifying time

The 2023 Japanese GP qualiyfing start time is 15:00 local circuit time (Japanese Standard Time) on Saturday 23rd September. 

Qualifying will be split in to three sessions – Q1, Q2 and Q3. All drivers take part in Q1, the fastest 15 of drivers take part in Q2 and of those 15 only the fastest 10 take part in the final ten minute Q3 shootout for pole position.

The whole of qualifying, made up of the three sessions, lasts for a total of 60 minutes.

2023 F1 Japan race time

The 2023 Japanese Grand Prix will start at 14:00 local circuit time on Sunday 24th September. It will last for either 53 laps or 120 minutes, whichever is shorter.

F1 Japan schedule 2023

Below is the Japanese Grand Prix schedule for the 2023 race weekend held on the Suzuka circuit. This includes all practice sessions, the qualifying time and the race time.

2023 F1 Japan Schedule - Suzuka Circuit
Local Time UK Time Friday 22nd September
11:30 - 12:30 03:30 - 04:30 Formula 1 First Practice Session - FP1
15:00 - 16:00 07:00 - 08:00 Formula 1 Second Practice Session - FP2
Saturday 23rd September
11:30 - 12:30 03:30 - 04:30 Formula 1 Third Practice Session - FP3
15:00 - 16:00 07:00 - 08:00 Formula 1 Qualifying Q1 Q2 Q3
Sunday 24th September
14:00 06:00 Formula 1 Grand Prix Race

What time is the Japanese Grand Prix in my country?

The F1 Japan race time is 14:00 local time, in the Japanese Stand Time (JST) zone, at the Suzuka circuit.  Japanese Standard Time is UTC+9.

Below is the Japanese Grand Prix schedule for all F1 practice, qualifying and race sessions at the Suzuka circuit in a number of different time zones.

If the time has a (-1) after it, it means it occurs the day before the local circuit time.

Session Suzuka Circuit
Japan Local Time
Practice 1 11:30 - Fri 22nd Sep 19:30 (-1) 21:30 (-1) 22:30 (-1) 03:30 04:30 12:30
Practice 2 15:00 - Fri 22nd Sep 23:00 (-1) 01:00 02:00 07:00 08:00 16:00
Practice 3 11:30 - Sat 23rd Sep 19:30 (-1) 21:30 (-1) 22:30 (-1) 03:30 04:30 12:30
Qualifying 15:00 - Sat 23rd Sep 23:00 (-1) 01:00 02:00 07:00 08:00 16:00
Race 14:00 - Sun 24th Sep 22:00 (-1) 00:00 (-1) 01:00 06:00 07:00 15:00

Where to watch the Japanese GP?

UK viewers will be able to watch live coverage of the Japanese Grand Prix practice, qualifying and race sessions on Sky Sports F1. You will need a paid subscription to do so, however.

The pre-race build up and coverage usually starts around 60 – 90 minutes before the F1 Japan race time on the SKy Sports F1 channel.

Race highlights will be available for free on Channel 4 later on in the day on Sunday 24th September. Check the channel’s scheduling nearer the time for the exact program start time.

Information on international broacastsof the Japanese Grand Prix can be found on the official Formula 1 website.

Gate opening times

If you’re planning on attending the Japanese Grand Prix in person you’ll want to know what time the spectator gates open. You can then plan your arrival time accordingly; important if you’re desperate to get a good viewing position in the General Admission areas so you can to arrive at the gates well before they open.

There are a number of different spectator entrance gates dotted around the Suzuka circuit. For a full list of the specific opening times of each gate across the whole F1 weekend, see the Suzuka website here.

Below are the Main Gate opening times at the 2023 Japanese GP:

  • Friday – 8:30am
  • Saturday – 8:00am
  • Sunday – 8:00am 

Japanese F1 weekend detailed motorsport schedule

In the few months leading up to the race weekend, the F1 and Suzuka organisers will finalise a detailed motorsport schedule for all racing activity on the circuit across the whole Grand Prix weekend.

This will include all F1 sessions and off-track activity like the driver’s parade and press conferences. Plus it will list the timings for the support races. Once this is available this page will be updated.

In 2022 the F1 support races at the Japanese Grand Prix were:

  • Porsche Carrera Cup Japan

Alex Gassman

I‘m Alex. I write F1 and motorsport travel guides based on my experience as racing driver and full-time motorsport nerd. I’ve traveled the world watching F1 and other racing series.

I started oversteer48 with the aim of helping other motorsport fans who are planning on watching some racing themselves.

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