Your Trackside Guide to the 2019 Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka

A legendary circuit, passionate local fans and an electric atmosphere. Here’s your trackside guide to the 2019 Japanese Grand Prix at the Suzuka Circuit on 10-13 October.

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Need to Know

Circuit Entry

It's prohibited to bring food and drinks into the circuit. Professional cameras are allowed, provided your lens is no longer than 26cm. Here are the Main Gate opening times at Suzuka Circuit for the 2019 Japanese Grand Prix. (Click here for opening times for other gates).

  • Thursday 10 October: 08:30-18:30 (only Main Gate open)
  • Friday 11 October: 08:30-18:30
  • Saturday 12 October: 08:00-20:30
  • Sunday 13 October: 08:00-20:00
  • Monday 14 October: 09:00-18:00

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Trackside Entertainment

The F1 Fanzone at Suzuka is located in the GP Square behind the Main Grandstand. Current drivers will be interviewed on the F1 Stage here at various times over the weekend (exact times to be announced closer to the race). GP Square also has exhibitions, simulators and merchandise stalls where you’ll also find some of the tastiest trackside food on the whole F1 calendar, including plenty of local specialties! Finally, don’t leave Suzuka without taking a ride on the circuit’s iconic Ferris wheel next to GP Square; Friday is the best day to do this when queues are shorter.

Additional Activities

A host of additional activities are offered to ticket holders at the Japanese Grand Prix across the weekend. Here's a summary and links to find out more:

  • Thursday October 10: PIt Walk (09:00-11:30) and Home Straight Walk (09:00-12:30).
  • Thursday October 10: F1 Drivers' Autograph Session (16:00-17:00). Fans attending the Pit Walk in the morning will be given a lottery number. Lucky winners (announced at 13:00) will have access to the F1 Drivers' Autograph session in front of the V1 grandstand at 16:00-17:00.
  • Saturday 12 October: Grand Prix Eve Festival (17:45-19:30). A talk show featuring F1 drivers on the main straight in front of the V1 Grandstand.
  • Saturday 12 October: Night Pit and Home Straight Walk (19:25-20:00). Another opportunity to check out the pits and walk down the Main Straight before the race.
  • Sunday 13 October: West Course Track Walk (approx.17:00, one hour after the finish of the race.)  Your chance to walk on the West part of the circuit after the race.
  • Monday 14 October: Fan Meeting (10:00-10:30) on the Main Straight in front of the V1 Grandstand & Home Straight Walk (10:45-12:30).

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On-Track Action

The Formula 1 cars hit the track for the first of two 90-minute practice sessions on Friday from 10:00. A third 60-minute practice session precedes qualifying on Saturday and the main event, the 2019 Japanese Grand Prix, begins at 14:10 on Sunday afternoon. Supporting F1 this year at Suzuka will be the Porsche Carrera Cup Japan series, which stages a sprint run on Sunday morning, plus practice and qualifying sessions throughout the weekend. FIA Formula 4 will also be supporting the main event this year, with practice, qualifying and two short races taking place. Finally, the Formula 1 Pirelli Hot Laps cars, including a Mercedes AMG GT R, Aston Martin Vantage and McLaren 720S, will also be taking lucky passengers on flying laps of Suzuka over the weekend with well-known drivers taking the wheel. (Want to take a ride yourself? Learn more about F1 Pirelli Hot Laps Ticket Packages at upcoming races.)

Thursday 10 October

Promoter Activity Public Pit Lane Walk & Home Straight Walk 09:00-12:30
Formula 1 Formula 1 Pirelli Hot Laps 15:00-15:30
Promoter Activity F1 Drivers' Autograph Session* 16:00-17:00
F1 Experiences Exclusive Pit Lane Walk, Guided Track Tour & Photo with Championship Trophies** 16:00-17:00

*Participation by ballot only. More info here. **Starter, Trophy, Hero & Premier Ticket Packages only

Friday 11 October

Formula 1 Free Practice 1 (FP1) 10:00-11:30
Porsche Carrera Cup Japan Practice Session 12:00-12:45
Formula 1 Formula 1 Pirelli Hot Laps 12:50-13:20
Formula 1 Free Practice 2 (FP2) 14:00-15:30
FIA F4 Suzuka Special Stage Practice Session 16:00-16:30

Saturday 12 October

FIA F4 Suzuka Special Stage Qualifying Session 09:50-10:20
Porsche Carrera Cup Japan Qualifying Session 10:45-11:15
Formula 1 Free Practice 3 (FP3) 12:00-13:00
Formula 1 Formula 1 Pirelli Hot Laps 13:10-13:30
Formula 1 Qualifying Session 15:00-16:00
FIA F4 Suzuka Special Stage First Race (8 laps or 25 mins) 16:30-17:00
Promoter Activity Kids Pit Walk* 17:25-17:55
Promoter Activity Pit Lane and Home Straight Walk 19:25-20:00

*Limited to families with children aged under 15. More info here.

Sunday 13 October

FIA F4 Suzuka Special Stage Second Race (8 laps or 25 mins) 09:45-10:15
Porsche Carrera Cup Japan Race (10 laps or 30 mins) 10:40-11:15
Formula 1 Formula 1 Pirelli Hot Laps 12:00-12:20
Formula 1 Drivers' Track Parade 12:30-13:00
Formula 1 Starting Grid Presentation 13:00-13:15
Formula 1 2019 Japanese Grand Prix (53 laps or 120 mins) 14:10-16:10