2024 F1 Japan Race Time, Qualifying Time & Schedule – Suzuka

Alex Gassman

by Alex Gassman

Japan F1 schedule 2024

Shedule for the 2024 Japanese Grand Prix held on the Suzuka circuit from Friday 5th to Sunday 7th April.

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 5th April

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

Saturday 6th April

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

Sunday 7th April

  • Race (53 laps or 120 mins)

2024 Japanese GP Qualifying time

The 2024 Japanese GP qualiyfing start time is 15:00 local circuit time (Japanese Standard Time) on Saturday 6th April.

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.

2024 F1 Japan race time

The 2024 Japanese Grand Prix will start at 14:00 local circuit time on Sunday 7th April. It will last for either 53 laps or 120 minutes, whichever is shorter.

F1 Japan schedule 2024

Below is the Japanese Grand Prix schedule for the 2024 race weekend held on the Suzuka circuit. This includes all practice sessions, the qualifying time and the race time.

2024 F1 Japan Schedule - Suzuka Circuit
Local Time UK Time Friday 5th April
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 6th April
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 7th April
14:00 06:00 Formula 1 Grand Prix Race

What time is the Japanese Grand Prix in my country?

The Japan F1 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 5th April 19:30 (-1) 21:30 (-1) 22:30 (-1) 03:30 04:30 12:30
Practice 2 15:00 - Fri 5th April 23:00 (-1) 01:00 02:00 07:00 08:00 16:00
Practice 3 11:30 - Sat 6th April 19:30 (-1) 21:30 (-1) 22:30 (-1) 03:30 04:30 12:30
Qualifying 15:00 - Sat 6th April 23:00 (-1) 01:00 02:00 07:00 08:00 16:00
Race 14:00 - Sun 7th April 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 7th April. 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 2024 Japanese GP:

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

Japanese F1 weekend detailed motorsport schedule

Below is the full weekend motorsport schedule at the Japanese Grand Prix.

This includes all F1 sessions and off-track activity like the driver’s parade and press conferences. Plus it lists the timings for the support races, which in 2024 are:

  • Porsche Carrera Cup Japan
  • Ferrari Challenge Japan
Friday 5th April
09:00 - 09:45 Ferrari Challenge Japan First Practice Session
10:00 - 10:40 Paddock Club Track Tour
10:00 - 11:00 Paddock Club Pit Lane Walk
10:00 - 11:00 FIA F1 Car Presentation
13:00 - 13:45 Porsche Carrera Cup Japan Practice Session
13:00 - 14:00 Formula 1 Teams' Press Conference
13:55 - 14:25 Paddock Club Track Tour
13:55 - 14:35 Paddock Club Pit Lane Walk
16:30 - 17:00 Ferrari Challenge Japan Qualifying Session
Saturday 6th April
09:15 - 09:45 Formula 1 Team Pit Stop Practice
10:20 - 10:50 Porsche Carrera Cup Japan Qualifying Session
13:10 - 13:45 Ferrari Challenge Japan First Race (30 Mins +1 Lap)
14:00 - 14:30 Paddock Club Track Tour
14:00 - 14:30 Paddock Club Pit Lane Walk
16:00 - 17:00 Formula 1 Press Conference
16:30 - 17:30 Paddock Club Track Tour
16:30 - 17:30 Paddock Club Pit Lane Walk
Sunday 7th April
09:45 - 10:20 Ferrari Challenge Japan Second Race (30 Mins +1 Lap)
11:05 - 11:40 Porsche Carrera Cup Japan Race (10 Laps or 30 Mins)
11:55 - 12:40 Paddock Club Track Tour
11:55 - 12:55 Paddock Club Pit Lane Walk
12:00 - 12:30 Formula 1 Drivers' Parade
13:30 - 13:43 Air Display Acrobatic Air Show
13:46 - 13:47 Formula 1 National Anthem
14:00 - 16:00 FORMULA 1 GRAND PRIX (53 LAPS OR 120 MINS)

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Alex Gassman

I‘m Alex. I write F1 and motorsport 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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