The 2013 Japanese GP preview: Everything you need to know about the Suzuka race!
F1 makes its annual trip to the legendary Suzuka circuit
By William Esler
Last Updated: 09/10/13 12:20pm
The Honda-owned venue is a favourite amongst drivers and fans alike and you can expect to see the grandstands packed from sunrise to sunset despite the lack of a Japanese driver for the first time since 2001.
So read on below as Sky Sports Online gives you the lowdown on this weekend's event...
The 2013 Japanese GP in a nutshell
Track: Suzuka International Racing Course. Permanent circuit.
Race start time: 7am UK time Sunday (3pm local).
Track length: 5.807 km.
Tyre allocation: Medium (white) and hard (orange).
DRS Zones: One - on the pit straight.
Driver steward: Emanuele Pirro.
Lap record: Kimi Raikkonen - 1:31.540 - (McLaren; 2005).
2012 pole: Sebastian Vettel - 1:30.839 (Red Bull).
Sky Sports F1's schedule
Wednesday 9th October
7pm - F1 Midweek Report.
8pm - Classic F1 - 1994 Japanese GP.
9pm - Classic F1 - 1998 Japanese GP.
Thursday 10th October
7am - Drivers' Press Conference - Live!
5pm - Gear Up For Japan.
8pm - Classic F1 - 2000 Japanese GP.
10.30pm - Classic F1 - 2007 Japanese GP.
Friday 11th October
12am - 2012 Japanese GP highlights.
1:45am - Japanese GP Practice One - Live!
5:45am - Japanese GP Practice Two - Live!
8am - Team Principals' Press Conference - Live!
10am - The F1 Show - Live!
11am - Japanese GP Practice One replay.
1:05pm - Japanese GP Practice Two - replay.
4pm - The F1 Show - replay.
6.30pm - Classic F1 - 1989 Japanese GP.
8pm - The F1 Show replay
9pm - Japanese GP Practice One replay.
11:05pm - Japanese GP Practice Two - replay.
Saturday 12th October
2:45am - Japanese GP Practice Three - Live!
5am - Japanese GP Qualifying - Live!
8am - Classic F1 - 1994 Japanese GP.
11am - Japanese GP Qualifying replay.
1:45pm - Ted's Qualifying Notebook.
2pm - Classic F1 - 1998 Japanese GP
4.30pm - Japanese GP Qualifying replay.
7.30pm - Classic F1 - 2000 Japanese GP.
10pm - Japanese GP Qualifying replay.
Sunday 13th October
5:30am - The 2013 Japanese GP - Live!
10:15am - GP Uncovered.
11:30am - The 2013 Japanese GP replay.
6pm - 2013 Japanese GP highlights.
7pm - Ted's Race Notebook.
7:15pm - Classic F1 - Japanese GP 2007.
10pm - 2013 Japanese GP highlights.
The Japanese Grand Prix has been won by Sebastian Vettel for three of the last four years, with Jenson Button's 2011 victory the only blemish on the German's record since the race returned to Suzuka after two years at Fuji.
Ferrari dominated the race at the start of the century with five successive victories, but the last of those came from Michael Schumacher in 2004 - a run Fernando Alonso desperately needs to put to an end this weekend to keep his slim title hopes alive.
2012 result: 1. Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull); 2. Felipe Massa (Ferrari); 3. Kamui Kobayashi (Sauber); 4. Jenson Button (McLaren); 5. Lewis Hamilton (McLaren); 6. Kimi Raikkonen (Lotus); 7. Nico Hulkenberg (Force India); 8. Pastor Maldonado (Williams); 9. Mark Webber (Red Bull); 10. Daniel Ricciardo (Toro Rosso).
Last five winners at Suzuka: 2012: Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull); 2011: Jenson Button (McLaren); 2010: Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull); 2009: Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull); 2006: Fernando Alonso (Renault).
Pirelli will bring the two hardest compounds in their range - the white-banded medium tyres and the orange-marked mediums.
They say this is to "soak up the high-energy demands of rapid corners such as 130R and Spoon". This is a more conservative choice than in 2012 when the soft compound was coupled with the hard, although this year's rubber is a step softer than last year's equivalent.
Sky Bet odds
After four wins in succession, Sebastian Vettel is the man Sky Bet are backing to take victory on Sunday at 8/15. Check out the full range of odds here.