The 2023 Belgian Grand Prix
With more than seven kilometres of asphalt, a lap on perhaps the most beautiful circuit in the world is also the longest on the calendar. Sebastian Vettel's 1:46.409 from 2019 does indicate that there cannot be too many laps to cram the GP into two hours.
44 laps are still squeezed out and each lap has enough technical parts to be really exciting each time. Add to this the unpredictable weather in the Ardennes and you will understand why the race is one big party for fans.
Only two DRS zones are present on the circuit, but that does not mean that a high top speed is not a goal. In fact, it is on this track that several teams will attempt to run the race with the same wing that is also on the car in Italy.
Finding the perfect balance between grip and speed pushes drivers to the limit. Should a cloud suddenly appear from behind the hills, then you know one thing for sure: Qualifying and the race will be thrilling!
What does the race weekend of the Belgian Grand Prix look like?
On the 28th July, the drivers will take their seats in their cars for the first practice session. FP1 is scheduled for 12:30pm UK time. Unlike usual, qualifying will take place at 4pm on Friday afternoon. The second free practice session takes place on Saturday 29th July, with the sprint race starting four hours later at 15:30. The race will be held on Sunday, July 30.
What time does the Belgian Grand Prix start?
As in previous years, the GP of Belgium can be followed live in the GPblog.com live blog from one hour before the start of the race. The start time of the Belgian Grand Prix is 2:00 PM UK time and the race can also be followed live on your local TV option.