F1 Belgian Grand Prix date: UK start time, qualifying, live stream and how to follow – Max Verstappen and Charles Leclerc to start from behind after engine penalty

Max Verstappen and Charles Leclerc will start from the back of the grid with four other drivers after an engine penalty.

Drivers punished have used too many new engine parts this season, with Lando Norris being another convicted culprit.

Verstappen could be set to renew his rivalry with Hamilton in the second half of the season

Verstappen holds an 80-point lead in the drivers standings after back-to-back wins ahead of the three-week summer break.

The Red Bull star is a big favorite to defend his world championship without any driver in history giving up such a big points margin.

And in training, he was very fast.

Leclerc remains the closest challenger to his title, but the two most recent races in France and Hungary have seen both Mercedes drivers finish on the podium.

Lewis Hamilton and George Russell are now enjoying improvements to their squad after a poor start to the season – and Verstappen has hailed the return of the Silver Arrows.

“It’s good that they are competitive because they can steal more points from Ferrari!” said Verstappen.

“So I am very happy. They are doing very well. »

Verstappen won a wet race at the Spa-Francorchamps circuit last year where conditions allowed just two laps.

Russell memorably secured Williams’ first start from the top spot since 2017 in qualifying and will be eager to return to Belgium in a more competitive Mercedes.

Belgian Grand Prix: UK start date and time

The race weekend at the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps is scheduled forfriday august 26atSunday August 28.

There will be two training sessions on Friday which start at 1pm UK time, with the third session an hour earlier at midday on Saturday.

Qualifying will take place at 3 p.m. while the race itself will start at 2 p.m. UK time on Sunday.

F1 Belgian Grand Prix date: UK start time, qualifying, live stream and how to follow – Max Verstappen and Charles Leclerc to start from behind after engine penalty
Leclerc is 80 points behind in the title race

Belgian Grand Prix: TV channel and live broadcast

Coverage will again be on Sky Sports F1 throughout the weekend. Their coverage of Sunday’s race build-up begins at 12:30 a.m.

Sky Sports customers can stream this live through the app using their mobile devices, tablets or computers.

Alternatively, you can buy a Sky Sports Day Pass from NowTV for £9.99 while Channel Four will show highlights later in the evening.

talkSPORT will have all the best action throughout the week.

To tune into talkSPORT or talkSPORT 2 via the website click HERE for the live stream. You can also listen through the talkSPORT app, on DAB digital radio, through your smart speaker and on 1089 or 1053 AM.

Belgian Grand Prix: What has been said?

Toto Wolff has denied rumors that Sergio Perez could replace Hamilton following persistent rumors about the latter’s long-term future in F1.

“It’s a complete b******,” Wolff flatly told Motorsport.com.

“I never called Sergio, he’s a good guy and I respect him, but I never spoke to him and I haven’t been in contact with any other driver.

“Lewis and I, even in the face of a not-so-encouraging scenario like this start to the season, we’re still in agreement to try to make things better and be together next year.

“And we’ve been thinking for a few months that we could go on, maybe five or ten years, right? So none of this is true.

However, Hamilton would not be attracted to retirement: “I always feel fresh and I always feel like I have a lot of fuel left in the tank.

“So I enjoy what I do. I’m…really, really proud and love coming in every day and working with this incredible group of people. I also enjoy working with sport more than ever.

F1 Belgian Grand Prix date: UK start time, qualifying, live stream and how to follow – Max Verstappen and Charles Leclerc to start from behind after engine penalty
Wolff crushed any chance of Hamilton being replaced

Ralf Schumacher, meanwhile, believes Daniel Ricciardo’s journey as an F1 driver is over following reports that Oscar Piastri could take his McLaren seat.

“The names are there, with every cockpit,” Schumacher told Sky Germany.

“Mick [Schumacher, Ralf’s nephew] has not yet signed a contract. He would therefore be a candidate. A candidate with speed, as you have seen.

“Nico Hulkenberg is also still in the starting blocks. And then there is the question of Daniel Ricciardo.

“Personally, I can’t imagine he would have another chance in Formula 1.”

F1 Belgian Grand Prix date: UK start time, qualifying, live stream and how to follow – Max Verstappen and Charles Leclerc to start from behind after engine penalty
Ricciardo has spent much of his McLaren career struggling to match team-mate Norris
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Formula 1 2022: Driver Ranking

Driver / Car / Points

  • Max Verstappen / Red Bull Racing / 258
  • Charles Leclerc / Ferrari / 178
  • Sergio Perez / Red Bull Racing / 173
  • George Russell / Mercedes / 158
  • Carlos Sainz / Ferrari / 156
  • Lewis Hamilton/Mercedes/146
  • Lando Norris / McLaren / 76
  • Esteban Ocon / Alpine / 58
  • Valtteri Bottas / Alfa Romeo / 46
  • Fernando Alonso / Alpine / 41
  • Kevin Magnussen/Haas/22
  • Daniel Ricciardo/McLaren/19
  • Pierre Gasly / Alphatauri / 16
  • Sebastien Vettel / Aston Martin / 16
  • Mick Schumacher/Haas/12
  • Yuki Tsounda/Alphatauri/11
  • Zhou Guanyu / Alfa Romeo / 5
  • Lance Stroll/Aston Martin/4
  • Alexander Albon / Williams / 3
  • Nicolas Latifi / Williams / 0
  • Nico Hulkenberg / Aston Martin / 0

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