Japanese GP 2024: Schedule and F1 Start Times

Find out when the 2024 Japanese Grand Prix takes place, including the F1 session times for practice, qualifying and Sunday's race


The 2024 Formula 1 season continues its globe-trotting spectacle with one of its most eagerly awaited stops: the Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka. 

This iconic race, known for its rich history and thrilling moments, takes place from April 5 to April 7, 2024. 

This year marks a significant shift as the Japanese GP moves to an April slot for the first time, nestled between the Australian GP and Chinese GP as part of F1’s sustainability efforts​.

Here’s everything you need to know about the 2024 Japanese GP schedule and start times for fans watching from the UK, USA, and Australia.

Detailed 2024 Japanese GP Session Times and Dates

In an exciting first for the event, the Japanese GP will unfold in April, setting the stage for what promises to be an exhilarating weekend of racing which will kick off on April 5, offering fans a plethora of on-track action culminating in the race on Sunday, April 7.

For F1 enthusiasts, here are the 2024 Japanese GP start times converted for viewers in the UK, USA (ET / PT), and Australia (AEDT).

SessionUK (BST)USA (ET)USA (PT)Aus. (AEST)
Friday, April 5
Practice 103:3022:30 (Apr 4)19:30 (Apr 4)13:30
Practice 207:0002:0023:00 (Apr 4)17:00
Saturday, April 6
Practice 303:3022:30 (Apr 5)19:30 (Apr 5)13:30
Qualifying07:0002:0023:00 (Apr 5)17:00
Sunday, April 7
Race06:0001:0022:00 (Apr 6)16:00

Friday, April 5 – Practice 1 and 2

Practice 1: The first practice session for the 2024 Japanese GP is set to commence at 11:30 local time at the Suzuka Circuit. This initial session is crucial for teams and drivers to begin their weekend’s work, setting up their cars for the unique demands of the Suzuka track. The session lasts for an hour, concluding at 12:30​ 

Practice 2: Later in the day, the second practice session takes place from 15:00 to 16:00 local time. This provides a valuable opportunity for teams to continue refining their setups based on the data collected during the first session and adjust their strategies in preparation for the rest of the weekend​.

Suzuka Circuit | Formula 1
Suzuka Circuit | Formula 1

Saturday, April 6 – Practice 3 and Qualifying

Practice 3: The third and final practice session for the 2024 Japanese GP is scheduled for 11:30 to 12:30 local time, allowing teams one last opportunity to fine-tune their setups under similar conditions expected for qualifying and the race. This session is crucial for making final adjustments and strategies before the competitive sessions begin​.

Qualifying: Qualifying for the 2024 Japanese GP will take place from 15:00 to 16:00 local time on Saturday, where drivers will battle it out to secure the best possible starting position for the race. This intense hour sees teams and drivers pushing their cars to the limit, often providing some of the weekend’s most thrilling moments as they vie for pole position​.

Sunday, April 7 – Race Day

The 2024 Japanese Grand Prix: The main event, the Formula 1 2024 Japanese Grand Prix is set to start at 14:00 local time. The race will last for 53 laps or 120 minutes, whichever is shorter, challenging drivers and teams to excel in strategy, speed, and reliability to succeed. The Suzuka Circuit, known for its figure-eight layout, offers a mix of high-speed corners, technical sections, and overtaking opportunities, promising an exciting and unpredictable race.

John Smithhttps://total-motorsport.com
Editor at Total-Motorsport.com and all round Motorsport journalist specialising in Formula 1, IndyCar and Formula E.
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