Scheduling: The Japanese Grand Prix

Sebastian Vettel’s victory in the Singapore Grand Prix means that the gap between him and Fernando Alonso has closed as they and the rest of the Formula 1 field head to Suzuka for the Japanese Grand Prix.

Sky Sports F1 have full live coverage of every session over the race weekend, with BBC screening extended highlights on Saturday and Sunday afternoon. BBC Radio 5 Live will be covering all the action live as normal, but as noted in his weekly blog post, Jaime Alguersuari will be absent from the next three rounds. James Allen is also taking a short commentating break, meaning that Jonathan Legard and Mercedes test driver Sam Bird will be commentating on the 5 Live output from Japan and Korea as a result. On Sky, there is a slight change as Ted Kravitz will not be with the team on Friday, instead David Croft will present The F1 Show alongside Georgie Thompson. Kravitz will join the team, however, on Saturday and Sunday.

As noted last week, there are two new programmes on Sky Sports F1 on the Thursday which, for this week only, I have noted below.

Thursday 4th October
07:00 to 07:45 – F1: Driver Press Conference (Sky Sports F1)
17:00 to 18:00 – Sporting Greats: Stirling Moss (Sky Sports F1)
19:30 to 20:00 – Britain’s Next F1 Star (1/6) (Sky Sports F1)

Friday 5th October
01:45 to 03:50 – F1: Practice 1 (Sky Sports F1)
01:55 to 03:35 – F1: Practice 1 (BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra)
05:45 to 08:00 – F1: Practice 2 (Sky Sports F1)
05:55 to 07:35 – F1: Practice 2 (BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra)
08:00 to 08:45 – F1: Team Press Conference (Sky Sports F1)
10:00 to 11:00 – The F1 Show (Sky Sports F1)
18:45 to 19:00 – Inside F1 (BBC News Channel)

Saturday 6th October
02:45 to 04:10 – F1: Practice 3 (Sky Sports F1)
02:55 to 04:05 – F1: Practice 3 (BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra)
05:00 to 07:45 – F1: Qualifying (Sky Sports F1)
05:55 to 07:05 – F1: Qualifying (BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra)
13:00 to 14:15 – F1: Qualifying (BBC One)
18:45 to 19:00 – Inside F1 (BBC News Channel)

Sunday 7th October
05:30 to 10:15 – F1: Race (Sky Sports F1)
06:55 to 08:45 – F1: Race (BBC Radio 5 Live)
14:05 to 16:05 – F1: Race (BBC One)
16:05 to 17:05 – F1: Forum (BBC Red Button)

As always, if anything changes I shall update this blog if necessary.

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