F1 Belgian Grand Prix LIVE RESULTS: Practice begins as season gets back on track – stream, TV channel, start times

THE F1 season gets back on track today with the Belgian Grand Prix at Spa-Francorchamps.

Lewis Hamilton leads rival Max Verstappen by eight points at the halfway point of a nail-biting season.

TV/ live stream: Sky Sports F1

Friday, August 27

  • Practice One – 10.30am UK time
  • Practice Two – 2pm UK time

Saturday, August 28

  • Practice Three – 11am UK time
  • Belgian GP Qualifying – 2pm UK time

Sunday, August 29

  • Belgian Grand Prix – 2pm UK time

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  • Marc Mayo

    HAM IT UP

    Lewis Hamilton says he is feeling fighting fit and ready to lock horns again with Max Verstappen.

    The Brit was left exhausted after winning the epic Hungarian GP and later complained he was suffering from long Covid.

    He said: "I've spent time over this period of time just trying to make sure I'm in the best shape.

    "I do feel like I'm in better shape moving into the second half of the season and it's not a concern for me.

    "In the world, we are still in this pandemic, and I still stress the importance of people staying safe.

    "Naturally, as you move around, you're seeing people relaxing more and more, but the virus is still around.”

  • Marc Mayo

    ‘NOBODY KNOWS’

    Max Verstappen has dismissed doubts over Red Bull’s ability to compete in 2022.

    The rule overhaul has seen many teams, including Mercedes, focus more effort onto the new design instead of the 2021 car.

    Red Bull are rumoured to have done the opposite, hence their strong performance this season.

    But Verstappen has told Motorsport’s Dutch edition: "We have enough people already also working on next year's car. 

    “We can talk about it for a long time, but also I personally don't know how good or how bad it's going to be next year.

    "Nobody knows, so I guess we'll just have to wait and see."

  • Marc Mayo

    ALWAYS IN OUR HEARTS

    Pierre Gasly laid flowers at the spot where his friend, Anthoine Hubert, died at Spa two years ago.

    The Formula 2 star was just 22 when he was killed during a race on August 31, 2019.

    And Alpha Tauri driver Gasly paid tribute to the Frenchman during yesterday's track walk.

    Credit: Alamy
    Credit: Alamy
  • Marc Mayo

    NETFLIX AND CHILL

    Netflix have announced a fourth series of Drive to Survive, the popular F1 docu-series tailing drivers and teams throughout the season.

    Excited, race fans? Who knows – this weekend could feature in the first episode…

  • Marc Mayo

    FERNANDO SIGNS ON

    Ahead of the Grand Prix, Fernando Alonso has committed his future to Alpine.

    The Spaniard has signed on the dotted line for another year with the manufacturer, taking him to the end of next season.

    The 40-year-old said: "I felt at home the moment I returned to this team and have been welcomed back with open arms. It is a pleasure to work again with some of the brightest minds in our sport at Enstone and Viry-Chatillon.

    "It's been a tricky season for everyone, but we've shown progress as a team and the result in Hungary serves as a good example of this progression.

    "We're targeting more positive memories for the rest of this season but also crucially from next year onwards with the new regulation changes coming into Formula 1."

  • Marc Mayo

    START YOUR ENGINES

    Hello and welcome to the second half of the Formula One 2021 season!

    I hope everyone is well refreshed from the summer break with two epic races at Silverstone and Hungary leaving the championship on one hell of a cliffhanger before reconvening at Spa.

    Despite the summer break, we are not even halfway through the current campaign with the Belgian Grand Prix the 12th in a 23-race calendar – which is not yet fully scheduled due to Covid cancellations in Japan and Australia.

    Lewis Hamilton leads the championship by eight points after two miserable outings for Max Verstappen, with Mercedes 12 ahead of Red Bull in the Constructors’ standings.

    Today’s first practice gets underway at 10.30am.

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