Lewis Hamilton

F1 continues its Asian sojourn and the teams and drivers have now landed in the Land of the Rising Sun.

Lewis Hamilton will be hoping to continue his blistering form from Singapore, but the nature of the track will help the Red Bull's, and the Austrian team will be waiting for any slip ups from the championship leaders close the gap at the top.

Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg will be keen to get back to racing to put behind the wretched weekend he had in Singapore, when he failed to finish the race owing to mechanical issues.

Where to Watch Live

The first practice session of the Japan Grand Prix starts at 2am BST, with Sky Sports F1 and Sky Sports F1 HD providing live coverage in the UK.

Real-time internet updates are available on the Live Timing section of the sport's official website.

Live coverage of the second practice session starts at 6am BST.

Live TV coverage of the Practice Sessions are also available on BBC Two and radio coverage on BBC Radio 5Live.

Track Facts

  • Circuit Name: Suzuka Circuit
  • First F1 Race: 1987
  • Circuit Length: 5.807 km
  • Number of Laps: 53
  • Race Distance: 307.471 km
  • Lap Record: 1:31.540 Kimi Raikkonen (2005)
  • Most Wins: Michael Schumacher (6)
  • 2013 Winner: Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull Racing)
  • 2013 Pole: Mark Webber (Red Bull Racing)

Drivers' Championship Review

Daniel Ricciardo

We have a new leader in the Drivers' Championship and it's Lewis Hamilton, following his victory at the Marina Bay Circuit in Singapore. The Briton leads team-mate Rosberg by three points following the German drivers retirement in the same race.

Red Bull Racing's Daniel Ricciardo is only 60 points behind the leader, and with Mercedes' reliability coming into question in the last couple of races, the Australian will have hopes of catching the two in front of him.

Like the championship, the battle for fourth, fifth and sixth places are likely to go down to the wire, with Fernando Alonso currently leading Sebastian Vettel and Valteri Bottas. There is just 11 points separating the three drivers.

Constructors' Championship Review

The Constructors battle is on the other end of the spectrum as Mercedes have a mammoth 174 point lead over second placed Red Bull Racing.

However, there are plenty of battles going for places below them, as Ferrari and Williams are separated by just nine points in a battle for third place and Force India and McLaren are separated by six points in a fight for fifth place.