The young Dutchman is in the best form of his career after victories in Austria and Germany, and a further win will see him increase the pressure on Hamilton at the top of the standings. The reigning world champion finished ninth in Germany, but Hamilton returned to his usual standard in the last race, winning in Hungary for Mercedes. Expectations grow for yet another world championship win. Mercedes might concede straight-line speed to Ferrari on race day, but the champion has usually found a way to win in the past. According to Giles Richards of the Guardian, Hamilton said there's much to do in order to become a six-time champion: "I know how much work I have still got to do.
When is it? Well, weather permitting, the first two practice sessions take place on Friday October 11, qualifying runs on Saturday October 12 and the race itself is on Sunday October What time does it start?
Again, if the weather is not too disruptive then qualifying starts at 7am BST but the race begins at 6. If the weather affects the schedule on Saturday, leading to postponement, then we could see qualifying take place very early on Sunday morning UK time, as has happened in the past before in Japan.
Will it be affected by Typhoon Hagibis? England's Rugby World Cup match against France has been cancelled because of Hagibis and there is a chance it will affect further games as well. It's no surprise, then, that it may affect Suzuka and the worst conditions are most likely to fall on Saturday.
It's possible that conditions in Mie Prefecture will make it either unraceable or be so bad as to endanger the safety of attendees and other personnel.
It may be or rescheduled beforehand in that case, so stay tuned for updates. A decision may be made by Friday lunchtime UK time. All parties will continue to monitor the situation and provide further updates in due course.
Again, this is all subject to change but Sky Sports F1 have exclusive coverage rights in the UK this year and indeed for the next few.
Qualifying coverage begins at 6am BST and race coverage begins at 4. Channel 4 have highlights for this round, too. Their qualifying program begins at 1.
You can also keep up to date throughout the race with Luke Slater right here at Telegraph Sport. What do we know about Suzuka International Racing Course? Circuit length: 5.