The Dutch driver celebrated sealing his third F1 world title by ending second in Saturday evening’s Qatar dash race, which was won by Oscar Piastri, and has the right alternative to toast his championship triumph in Sunday’s grand prix.
However all groups and drivers could possibly be given a possible technique curveball from the end result of the FIA and Pirelli investigation into the tyre sidewall points, which forced track changes at Turn 12 and 13.
An choice that has been mooted is forcing all drivers into three-stop methods for the grand prix, with a most of 20 racing laps allowed per tyre set throughout the 57-lap race, whereas a last name is anticipated on Sunday earlier than the race.
Verstappen shall be joined on the entrance row by George Russell, with Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton third alongside Aston Martin’s Fernando Alonso in fourth.
After a penalty for monitor limits infringements dropped him out of the points in the sprint race, lead Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc begins fifth forward of the Qatar dash winner Piastri, who dropped from third to sixth after Friday qualifying when his finest lap time was deleted for exceeding monitor limits.
Alpine duo Pierre Gasly and Esteban Ocon line up seventh and eighth in entrance of Alfa Romeo’s Valtteri Bottas, with Piastri’s team-mate Lando Norris tenth after additionally having his finest lap deleted for monitor limits on Friday.
When is the F1 Qatar Grand Prix?
Date: Sunday 8 October 2023
Begin time: 6:00pm BST, 8:00pm native time
The seventeenth spherical of the 2023 F1 season, the Qatar GP on the Losail Worldwide Circuit, will get beneath means at 8:00pm native time (6:00pm BST) on Sunday 8 October.
Max Verstappen, Crimson Bull Racing, celebrates with Christian Horner, Workforce Principal, Crimson Bull Racing, his workforce after securing the 2023 world drivers championship title
Photograph by: Andy Hone / Motorsport Images
How can I watch Formulation 1?
In the UK Formulation 1 is broadcast stay on Sky Sports activities, with highlights proven on Channel 4 a number of hours after the race has completed. Reside streaming by way of NOW can be obtainable within the UK.
Sky Sports activities F1, which broadcasts the F1 races, will be added as a part of the Sky Sports activities channels which prices £24 a month for brand new prospects. Sky Sports activities may also be accessed by way of NOW with a one-off day fee of £11.98 or a month membership of £34.99 per thirty days.
How can I watch the F1 Qatar GP?
In the UK, Sky Sports activities shall be stay broadcasting the Qatar GP.
The race shall be proven stay on Sky Sports activities F1, with pre-race protection beginning at 4:30pm BST on Sky Sports activities F1, forward of the race begin at 6:00pm BST.
• Channels: Sky Sports activities F1
• Begin time: 4:30pm BST, Sunday 8 October 2023
Autosport shall be operating a live text coverage of the Qatar GP here.
When can I watch the F1 Qatar GP highlights?
In the UK Channel 4 is broadcasting highlights of the Japanese GP at 11:00pm BST on Sunday. The complete programme will run for 2 hours and 25 minutes, masking the pre-race, the race highlights and the preliminary post-race response to wrap up the main speaking factors of the race weekend.
For the complete 2023 F1 season, Channel 4 will broadcast highlights of each qualifying and race of every occasion. The highlights may even be obtainable on Channel 4’s on demand catch up companies.
• Channel: Channel 4
• Begin time: 11:00pm BST, Sunday 8 October 2023
Ferrari mechanics on the grid
Photograph by: Steven Tee / Motorsport Images
Will the F1 Qatar GP be on the radio?
Reside radio protection of each follow, qualifying and race for the 2023 F1 season shall be obtainable on the BBC Radio 5 Reside, 5 Reside Sports activities Further stations, the BBC Sounds app and the through the BBC Sport web site.
Reside protection of the Qatar GP will begin at 6:00pm BST on BBC Radio 5 Sports activities Further and on the BBC Sounds app.
Climate forecast for the F1 Qatar GP
Present climate forecasts predict scorching and dry situations, with low winds and a low probability of rain. The temperature is anticipated to be 35 levels Celsius for the beginning of the race.
What number of laps is the F1 Qatar GP?
The race is scheduled to finish 57 laps of the Losail Worldwide Circuit, masking a complete race distance of 308.611km.