F1 heads to its conventional post-summer break venue at Spa-Francorchamps which is ready to welcome an exhilarating return to motion because the world title combat intensifies between Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen after a pair of dramatic races at Silverstone and the Hungaroring earlier than the break.
After the high-profile conflict between the world title protagonists on the British GP was adopted by a chaotic begin to the Hungarian GP, which later resulted in a stunning maiden F1 win for Alpine’s Esteban Ocon, defending champion Hamilton tops the drivers’ world championship by eight factors from Verstappen.
Whereas the total second half of the 2021 F1 calendar stays unconfirmed, amid speculation a new Qatar GP might exchange the cancelled Australian spherical with the Japanese GP also cancelled, the title combat is anticipated to crank up over the upcoming triple-header which begins in Belgium earlier than a long-awaited return of the Dutch GP after which the second dash format weekend on the Italian GP.
Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes F1 W11, Valtteri Bottas, Mercedes F1 W11, Max Verstappen, Purple Bull Racing RB16, Pierre Gasly, AlphaTauri AT01, and Sergio Perez, Racing Level RP20
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2021 Components 1 Belgian GP session timings
F1 will use its common weekend schedule this weekend, with two follow classes on Friday every lasting 60 minutes (reasonably than the earlier 90-minute classes), earlier than a further follow session additionally working for one hour on Saturday.
The Q1, Q2 and Q3 knockout-style qualifying format can be being retained on Saturday afternoon to determine the grid for the Belgian GP on Sunday.
F1 has additionally ditched beginning races at 10 minutes previous the hour mark for the 2021 season, with all races beginning on the high of the hour.
Friday twenty seventh August 2021
Free Apply 1: 10:30am-11:30am BST (11:30am-12:30pm native)
Free Apply 2: 2:00pm-3:00pm BST (3:00pm-4:00pm native)
Saturday twenty eighth August 2021
Free Apply 3: 11:00am-12:00pm BST (12:00pm-1:00pm native)
Qualifying: 2:00pm-3:00pm BST (3:00pm-4:00pm native)
Sunday twenty ninth August 2021
Race: 2:00pm BST (3:00pm native)
Pierre Gasly, AlphaTauri AT01, Sergio Perez, Racing Level RP20, Daniel Ricciardo, Renault F1 Group R.S.20, and Alex Albon, Purple Bull Racing RB16
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How can I watch the Belgian GP?
Channel: Sky Sports activities F1 HD
Channel numbers – Sky: 406
Channel numbers – Virgin Media: 506 (Sky Sports activities F1 HD)
Sky Sports activities has dwell and unique broadcasting rights in the UK, with the build-up to the F1 race ranging from 12:30pm forward of lights out at 2:00pm.
When can I watch the Belgian GP highlights?
· Channel: Channel 4
· Begin time: Saturday qualifying 6:00pm, Sunday race 6:30pm
Channel 4 has the rights to indicate Belgian GP highlights of qualifying on Saturday and the race on Sunday.
Will the Belgian GP be on the radio?
Stay radio protection of each follow, qualifying and race for the 2021 F1 season will likely be accessible on the BBC Radio 5 Stay and 5 Stay Sports activities Further stations or by way of the BBC Sport web site.
Protection of the Belgian GP will begin at 2:00pm BST on the BBC Sport web site.
Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari SF1000, Charles Leclerc, Ferrari SF1000
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Climate forecast for the Belgian GP
Spa-Francorchamps is ready for combined climate circumstances all through the race weekend, with sunny spells punctuated by rain and cloud throughout the three days of monitor motion. Highs of 15 levels Celsius are predicted on Sunday – round 20 levels cooler than the warmest circumstances on the Hungarian GP.
Most F1 Belgian GP wins
Michael Schumacher: 6 wins (1992, 1995, 1996, 1997, 2001, 2002)
Ayrton Senna: 5 wins (1985, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991)
Jim Clark: 4 wins (1962, 1963, 1964, 1965)
Kimi Raikkonen: 4 wins (2004, 2005, 2007, 2009)
Lewis Hamilton: 4 wins (2010, 2015, 2017, 2020)