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How early does Qualifying start for 2022 Japanese Grand Prix?

Saturday is Qualifying for the Japanese Grand Prix, but when will the action to set the grid get underway at Suzuka?

After a wet Friday at Suzuka, conditions are expected to be somewhat drier for Qualifying ahead of the Formula 1 2022 Japanese Grand Prix. Fernando Alonso and George Russell set the fastest times in the respective sessions, with some rain expected for Sunday's action. Mick Schumacher sat out the second session on Friday after a heavy shunt at the end of FP1, blaming spray and a moment of aquaplaning for his Turn 7 incident on the way back to the pits. But when does Qualifying for the 2022 Japanese Grand Prix actually start? For those based in Europe, 'regular' start times have become the norm in the pandemic years - with just one 'early' start since the last Japanese GP in 2019 - that in Australia earlier this year. Qualifying is due to go green at 3pm local time on Saturday afternoon. With an eight hour time difference to the UK, it is a 7am BST wake-up call, or 8am CET for those on mainland Europe. For those in Eastern Time, it is a 2am start time, which means 11pm on Friday night on the West Coast of the United States. Elsewhere, it is a civil 17:00pm green light for those on AEST.

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