F1 start time: What time does the Belgian Grand Prix start?

Lewis Hamilton claimed pole position for the Belgian Grand Prix ahead of Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas and Red Bull's Max Verstappen. Here's how and when you can watch the race

F1 start time: What time does the Belgian Grand Prix start?

The F1 champion dominated qualifying at Spa to secure his 93rd career pole position by beating Bottas by over half a second.

PLUS: How Hamilton's qualifying record compares to Senna and Schumacher

Verstappen missed out on disrupting the all-Mercedes front row by just 0.015s and, despite being frustrated by running out of energy on his final qualifying lap, he felt he extracted close to the maximum from his Red Bull in qualifying trim.

Further back it was another disastrous qualifying for Ferrari, with Charles Leclerc and Sebastian Vettel knocked out in the Q2 session and will start the Belgian GP 13th and 14th respectively - one year on from locking out the front row at Spa.

While Daniel Ricciardo impressed for Renault to take fourth place, Alexander Albon also showed encouraging improvements with a "more predictable" F1 car to take fifth and his joint best qualifying result of the season so far.

With Esteban Ocon slotting into sixth for Renault, Carlos Sainz Jr will start from seventh for McLaren ahead of Racing Point duo Sergio Perez and Lance Stroll, while Lando Norris completed the top 10 in Q3.

Daniil Kvyat starts from 11th as the highest placed contender with a free choice of tyres to start the race on, with AlphaTauri team-mate Pierre Gasly alongside him in 12th and in front of the Ferrari pair.

When is the F1 Belgian Grand Prix?

Date: Sunday 30 August 2020
Start time: 3:10pm local time, 2:10pm BST

How can I watch the Belgian GP?

In the United Kingdom, Sky Sports has exclusive live broadcasting rights (excluding the British GP), with the Belgian GP race shown live on Sky Sports F1. Pre-race coverage will be starting at 12:30pm BST ahead of the race start at 2:10pm BST.

Channel 4 will be showing extended highlights of the race on Sunday evening, starting at 6:30pm BST.

Autosport is running a live text commentary for the Belgian GP.

Weather forecast for the Belgian GP

Current weather forecasts predict cloudy conditions at Spa-Francorchamps on race day, with a strong chance of rain from early afternoon and during the race. The temperature is expected to be 18 degrees Celsius for the start of the race - the same temperature as qualifying and Friday's FP2 session.

How many laps is the Belgian GP?

The race is scheduled to complete 44 laps of Spa-Francorchamps, covering a total race distance of 308.052km.

Belgian GP starting grid

Pos Driver Car Gap
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m41.252s
2 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 0.511s
3 Max Verstappen Red Bull/Honda 0.526s
4 Daniel Ricciardo Renault 0.809s
5 Alexander Albon Red Bull/Honda 1.012s
6 Esteban Ocon Renault 1.144s
7 Carlos Sainz Jr. McLaren/Renault 1.186s
8 Sergio Perez Racing Point/Mercedes 1.280s
9 Lance Stroll Racing Point/Mercedes 1.351s
10 Lando Norris McLaren/Renault 1.405s
11 Daniil Kvyat AlphaTauri/Honda 1.478s
12 Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri/Honda 1.493s
13 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1.744s
14 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 2.009s
15 George Russell Williams/Mercedes 2.216s
16 Kimi Raikkonen Alfa Romeo/Ferrari 2.491s
17 Romain Grosjean Haas/Ferrari 2.586s
18 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo/Ferrari 2.698s
19 Nicholas Latifi Williams/Mercedes 2.886s
20 Kevin Magnussen Haas/Ferrari 3.062s
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