Formula One is back with the world’s best drivers about to face off at the Japanese Grand Prix.

Mercedes star and championship leader Lewis Hamilton will be looking to extend his lead at the top of the summit after qualifying on pole.

And the Brit, who is chasing his fifth world title, will be boosted as big rival Sebastian Vettel is starting eighth on the grid.

The Ferrari driver was left struggling in Q3 on Saturday after being sent out on intermediate tyres in dry conditions.

And then when he returned to put on slicks the four-time world champion made a mistake on his sole flying lap on dry tyres.

It’s another blow for Vettel as he looks to make a dent in the 50 point lead Hamilton has with just five races remaining.

Speaking after qualifying, Hamilton said: “The team have done an amazing job all weekend.

“The call at the start of Q3 was probably the most difficult call.

“And that gave us the chance to get pole position.

“It’s my 80th and I can’t believe I’ve got 80.

“We have worked so hard to refine and improve this car and the same for ourselves on the way we work as a team.

“I am so proud to be on this journey with them.

“Every team has smart people, but it is about how you perform together under pressure.”

While Vettel said: “I made a mistake in Spoon and the second run we didn’t get out in time.

“This is not the position we deserve to be in.”

If you want to watch all the action from the Japanese Grand Prix as Hamilton edges closer to a fifth world title then here’s how to tune in online.


Coverage of today’s Japanese Grand Prix from Spa will be shown live on Sky Sports F1 (Sky 406, Sky HD 860, Virgin 516) and Channel 4.

The pre-race build-up starts at 5.30am on Sky Sports F1 and 6am on Channel 4 before lights out at around 6.10am.

This means that all the action can be followed on your desktop or laptop via the Sky Go and the All 4 on demand service.

Sky Go and All 4 are available to download on iOS and Android smartphone and tablet devices.

Sky Go is also available on a number of platforms including Amazon Fire devices, iPad, Mac computers and laptops, Playstation 3, PS4 and Xbox One.

The Sky Sports app, available to download on iOS and Android devices, will also be providing live text coverage and updates.

If you’re not currently a Sky Sports customer but can’t stand to miss out on the action, you can add the channels to your box via a NOW TV subscription.

Day passes, which let you add Sky Sports channels for 24 hours, start at £7.99 a day, with a weekly pass starting from £12.99, and no locking in to a contract.

NOW TV doesn’t even require a typical television to use, as it is also available on a NOW TV Box, Chromecast, PS4, PS3, Xbox One, Xbox 360, Roku, LG Smart TV, PC or Mac, and selected mobile and tablet devices.