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F1 Qatar Grand Prix 2023 practice, qualifying and race start times

The Japanese Grand Prix was Max Verstappen's 13th victory of the 2023 season

Follow live text and radio commentary of the Qatar Grand Prix at the Losail International Circuit, 6-8 October.

Red Bull's Max Verstappen dominated the Japanese Grand Prix to take his 13th victory of the year and help his team clinch the constructors' title.

The Dutchman fended off the McLarens of Oscar Piastri and Lando Norris at the first two corners and then motored away into a race of his own.

BBC Sport has live coverage of the full grand prix weekend with live digital coverage on the website and app - including audience interaction, expert analysis, debate, voting, features, interviews and audio content.

You can follow all the action and the latest news on the BBC Sport F1 page and via the BBC Sport app, and catch up with analysis and interviews with the BBC Radio 5 Live Chequered Flag podcast.

All times are BST. Broadcast times are subject to change at short notice.

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Qatar Grand Prix coverage details (All times BST)

Friday, 6 October

First practice


BBC Sport website and mobile app

From 14:00



BBC Sport website and mobile app

From 17:30

Saturday, 7 October

Sprint shootout


BBC Sport website and mobile app

From 13:30



BBC Sport website and mobile app

From 17:30

Sunday, 8 October



BBC Sport website and mobile app

From 17:00

Listen to the latest Chequered Flag podcast

When can Max Verstappen win the 2023 drivers' championship?

The earliest the Dutchman can win the title is at the Qatar Grand Prix, which takes place from 6-8 October.

Verstappen leads Red Bull team-mate Sergio Perez by 177 points, with 180 points available from the remaining six races. Verstappen needs only three more points by the end of the season to seal a third consecutive title.

With the next event in Doha a sprint weekend, Verstappen has the chance to be crowned winner on a Saturday.

As long as Perez does not score six more points than Verstappen in the sprint race - which awards points from first place down to eighth - the Dutchman will be champion for a third time.