2020 F1 Belgian Grand Prix session timings and preview

After a short breather the frantic Formula 1 action resumes with a latest triple-header, starting with the Belgian Grand Prix

2020 F1 Belgian Grand Prix session timings and preview

In what would have been the race when the paddock returns from its summer holidays, the reshuffled 2020 F1 calendar has given teams and drivers just one week off following the Spanish GP which saw a dominant victory by Lewis Hamilton.

Hamilton leads the F1 drivers' standings by 37 points from Red Bull's Max Verstappen with Valtteri Bottas a further six points back in third.

The Belgian GP will mark the first time the paddock has reconvened since it was confirmed all 10 teams have signed the new Concorde Agreement covering the championship from 2021 to 2025.

Williams also heads into its own new era having announced its F1 team has been sold to American private investment firm Dorilton Capital last Friday.

The remainder of the 2020 F1 calendar has been confirmed, including a return to Turkey's Istanbul Park, with a 17-round season coming to a climax in Abu Dhabi in mid-December.

With Spa-Francorchamps hosting F1 this weekend, the paddock then moves on to Monza for the Italian GP before the latest triple-header concludes with a new race, the Tuscan GP, at Mugello, which will mark Ferrari's 1000th F1 race.

2020 Formula 1 Belgian GP session timings

F1 is sticking to its traditional format of two free practice sessions lasting 90 minutes each on Friday, followed by an additional practice session running for one hour on Saturday morning.

The Q1, Q2 and Q3 knockout-style qualifying format is also being retained on Saturday afternoon to decide the grid for the 44-lap Belgian Grand Prix on Sunday.

The Formula 2, Formula 3 and Porsche Supercup series are all acting as support classes to the F1 Belgian GP.

Friday 28th August 2020
Free Practice 1: 10:00am-11:30pm BST (11:00am-12:30pm local)
Free Practice 2: 2:00pm-3:30pm BST (3:00pm-4:30pm local)

Saturday 29th August 2020
Free Practice 3: 11:00am-12:00pm BST (12:00pm-1:00pm local)
Qualifying: 2:00pm-3:00pm BST (3:00pm-4:00pm local)

Sunday 30th August 2020
Race: 2:10pm BST (3:10pm local)

How can I watch the Belgian Grand Prix?

Channel: Sky Sports F1 HD
Channel numbers - Sky: 406
Channel numbers - Virgin Media: 506 (Sky Sports F1 HD)

Sky Sports has live and exclusive broadcasting rights in the United Kingdom with the build-up to the F1 race starting from 12:30pm ahead of lights out at 2:10pm.

When can I watch the highlights?

Channel: Channel 4
Start time: 6:30pm

Channel 4 has the rights to show Belgian GP highlights of qualifying on Saturday and the race on Sunday.

Weather forecast for the Belgian GP

Spa-Francorchamps is set to be hit with sunshine and showers all weekend for the Belgian GP, with highs of 17 degrees Celsius on race day.

Pirelli tyre allocation for the Belgian GP

Pirelli has opted for its middle range of compounds for the Belgian GP, with the hard tyre C2, medium tyre C3 and soft tyre C4.

For at least the opening eight races of the reshuffled 2020 F1 season each driver will be given the same allocation of tyres per race: eight sets of soft tyres, three sets of medium tyres and two sets of hard tyres. Pirelli will also supply a range of wet and intermediate tyres for each driver.

Most Belgian GP winners

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)
Juan Manuel Fangio: 3 wins (1950, 1954, 1955)
Damon Hill: 3 wins (1993, 1994, 1998)
Lewis Hamilton: 3 wins (2010, 2015, 2017)
Sebastian Vettel: 3 wins (2011, 2013, 2018)

shares
comments
Russell: Draggy Williams F1 car will make Spa, Monza "really tough"

Previous article

Russell: Draggy Williams F1 car will make Spa, Monza "really tough"

Next article

Zandvoort open to later 2021 F1 date slot so fans can attend race

Zandvoort open to later 2021 F1 date slot so fans can attend race
Load comments

About this article

Series Formula 1
Why Russell was right to be wrong about Bottas after Imola F1 clash Plus

Why Russell was right to be wrong about Bottas after Imola F1 clash

George Russell and Valtteri Bottas' collision at Imola on Sunday prompted fury in the Formula 1 paddock. But Russell's carefully-worded heartfelt statement later, acknowledging that his initial response was wrong, proved the right move

Formula 1
Apr 22, 2021
How Verstappen and Hamilton’s Imola clash sets the tone for F1’s 2021 title fight Plus

How Verstappen and Hamilton’s Imola clash sets the tone for F1’s 2021 title fight

In Max Verstappen's Formula 1 career to date, he has been cast as the 'pretender', an acknowledged top-line performer without the car to regularly challenge Lewis Hamilton. But that no longer applies in 2021, and the start to the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix was the most telling signal yet of what we can expect from their duel this year

Formula 1
Apr 21, 2021
How “overwhelming” McLaren move has given Ricciardo a new verve Plus

How “overwhelming” McLaren move has given Ricciardo a new verve

Daniel Ricciardo has found a new lease of life at McLaren – a move that’s been years in the making, as he explains to STUART CODLING…

Formula 1
Apr 20, 2021
The German legend who raced and beat Nuvolari Plus

The German legend who raced and beat Nuvolari

Ninety years ago, Rudolf Caracciola became the first non-Italian to win the epic Mille Miglia. We look at how he stacks up to the most famous pre-war ace Tazio Nuvolari, one of the drivers he beat on that day in 1931

Formula 1
Apr 20, 2021
How 2021's midfielders have taken lessons from F1's top teams Plus

How 2021's midfielders have taken lessons from F1's top teams

Formula 1’s latest Imola adventure turned into an expensive trip for many teams due to several crashes throughout the weekend. While balancing the books is an added factor in 2021 with the cost cap, a few midfield teams have cashed in early on development investments

Formula 1
Apr 19, 2021
Emilia Romagna Grand Prix Driver Ratings Plus

Emilia Romagna Grand Prix Driver Ratings

A frantic wet race at Imola produced plenty of excitement and drama as drivers scrabbled for grip. Amid the hatful of mistakes and incidents that ensued, who kept their noses cleanest?

Formula 1
Apr 19, 2021
How the Emilia Romagna GP result hinged on three crucial saves Plus

How the Emilia Romagna GP result hinged on three crucial saves

Rain before the start of the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix promised to spice up the action, and the race certainly delivered on that. Max Verstappen got the best launch to win from Lewis Hamilton, but both got away with mistakes that could have had serious consequences

Formula 1
Apr 19, 2021
The back-bedroom world-beater that began a new F1 era Plus

The back-bedroom world-beater that began a new F1 era

The first in a line of world beaters was designed in a back bedroom and then constructed in a shed. STUART CODLING recalls the Tyrrell 001

Formula 1
Apr 18, 2021