Japanese Grand Prix – Full coverage

A round-up of all of ESPN’s coverage of the Japanese Grand Prix, where Lewis Hamilton looks to win his ninth race of the season and looks to move one step closer to a fifth title.

2018 Japanese Grand Prix Schedule on ESPN Networks (all times Eastern)

Thursday, October 4
Practice 1 – Thursday, Oct. 4, 8:55 PM – ESPN2

Friday, October 5
Practice 2 – Friday, Oct. 5, 12:55 AM – ESPN2
Practice 3 – Friday, Oct. 5 ,10:55 PM – ESPNEWS

Saturday, October 6
Qualifying – Saturday, Oct. 6, 1:55 AM – ESPN2

Sunday, October 78
On The Grid – Sunday, Oct. 7, 12:30 AM – ESPN2
Race – Sunday, Oct. 7, 1:05 AM – ESPN2
Encore – Sunday, Oct. 7, 1:00 PM – ESPNEWS
Encore – Sunday, Oct. 7, 3:30 PM – ESPN

Build-up

Bottas prepared to accept more team orders in the future
Valtteri Bottas is prepared to face more team orders this season, but says each situation will be judged on its individual circumstances.

Vettel: I am not taking a ‘now or never’ approach in Japan
He may be a season-high 50 points adrift of Lewis Hamilton in the drivers’ championship but Sebastian Vettel is refusing to treat this weekend’s Japanese Grand Prix as a “now or never” race.

Alonso says Mercedes should ignore ‘jealous’ critics of team orders
Fernando Alonso has defended Mercedes’ use of team orders in Russia, saying critics of the decision are simply jealous of the team’s current dominance of Formula One.

Ricciardo desperate for a return to the podium in Japan
Daniel Ricciardo only has five races left at Red Bull before he makes his off-season move to Renault and he is desperate for a return to the podium, knowing full well how difficult they will be to attain next year.

Leclerc set for tough Japanese Grand Prix debut with memory of Jules Bianchi’s death
Charles Leclerc admits this weekend’s Japanese Grand Prix will be “very difficult” and full of emotion, given the fatal crash in 2014 that killed his godfather Jules Bianchi.

Preview

Japanese Grand Prix preview: Mercedes’ team orders making Vettel’s life difficult
Wins in Singapore and Russia have seen Lewis Hamilton skip further ahead of Sebastian Vettel in the drivers’ championship as Formula One arrives at Suzuka for the Japanese Grand Prix.

Video

Will new spec engine give Honda the edge over Renault?
Craig Scarborough tells Jennie Gow how he thinks the new spec Honda engine will compare to Renault’s.

Can Force India beat McLaren to sixth place?
After restarting from zero points, Force India are already within striking distance of McLaren’s sixth place in the constructors standings.

Ricciardo eyes return to the podium in Japan
Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen look ahead to the Japanese Grand Prix.

The Pit Stop: Time for Bottas to leave Mercedes?
Jennie Gow and Craig Scarborough answer your questions on Valtteri Bottas, Daniel Ricciardo and the driver merry-go-round.