When is the 2024 F1 Japanese Grand Prix? ESPN schedule

Lewis Hamilton's highest qualifying position so far this year is eighth at the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix. WILLIAM WEST/AFP via Getty Images

The 2024 MSC Cruises Japanese Grand Prix gets underway on April 7 from the Suzuka International Racing Course in Japan.

Here's everything you need to know about the fourth race of the F1 season!

When is the Japanese Grand Prix? How can I watch?

On Sunday, the MSC Cruises Japanese Grand Prix gets underway at 12:55 a.m. ET on ESPN. A Spanish broadcast will be available on ESPN Deportes.

Coverage of the race begins at midnight ET on ESPN2.

Who is the favorite?

Entering the Japanese Grand Prix, all eyes will be on Max Verstappen to see if he can capture his third win in four races. A brake fire ended his race early at the Australian Grand Prix, snapping his streak of nine straight victories.

Entering the Japanese Grand Prix, Verstappen is the favorite (-500) on ESPN BET.

The next-best odds belong to Charles Leclerc (+1200), Carlos Sainz (+1400), Sergio Perez (+1600), Lando Norris (+2500), Oscar Piastri (+3500), George Russell (+4000) and Lewis Hamilton (+4000).

What other races can I watch on ESPN this year?

ESPN platforms will air all 23 races in the championship, with 18 of the 23 airing on ABC or ESPN. The other five will air on ESPN2. Check out the full F1 schedule on ESPN platforms.

What new elements can I expect from the 2023 F1 season?

  • The Monaco Grand Prix will air on ABC for the first time.

  • Thirteen races will air on ESPN, the most ever.

  • For the first time in history, the F1 season will include three races in the United States, with the inaugural Heineken Silver Las Vegas Grand Prix running in November.

What makes ESPN F1 on-air coverage special?

All race telecasts will continue the commercial-free presentation used over the past five seasons, a format that has become very popular with viewers.

How can I access more F1 coverage from ESPN?

ESPN's F1 coverage also includes a dedicated site that reports on the championship year-round, with reporters on-site at every race. ESPN's F1 reporters also contribute to the video podcast program Unlapped, which appears year-round on the ESPN YouTube channel. Also connected with the ESPN.com/F1 website are social handles @ESPNF1 on Twitter, @ESPNF1 on Instagram and ESPNF1 on Facebook.