Belgian GP Full Press Conference F1 Schedule: Leclerc-Verstappen Paired & More

Published 08/25/2021, 8:45 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Hungarian Grand Prix – Hungaroring, Budapest, Hungary – July 29, 2021 Alpine’s Fernando Alonso and Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel during a press conference ahead of the Hungarian Grand Prix Pool via REUTERS/Florion Goga


After a three-week summer break, the 2021 F1 season returns to action at the Belgian GP. While the drivers will take to the iconic Spa-Francorchamps from this Friday, they will take part in the traditional media day tomorrow.

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Earlier today, the driver pairings for the pre-race press conferences was released. While fans may look forward to a few among the 10 pairings, neither team will have its drivers address the media together.

Max Verstappen and Charles Leclerc highlight press conference pairings at the Belgian GP

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Championship contender Max Verstappen will address the media with fellow 23-year-old Charles Leclerc. Both drivers will look to carry their teams’ respective challenges into the second half of the season, starting this weekend.

Formula One F1 – Monaco Grand Prix – Circuit de Monaco, Monte Carlo, Monaco – May 22, 2021 Red Bull’s Max Verstappen and Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc after qualifying Pool via REUTERS/Sebastien Nogier

Before they address the media, three other pairings will appear. Antonio Giovinazzi will address with F1’s latest race winner, Esteban Ocon. After ending the first half of the season brilliantly, Ocon will be keen to continue his newfound form. Sebastian Vettel and Nikita Mazepin form the next driver pairing, with Lando Norris and Nicholas Latifi following them.

Valtteri Bottas will address the media with George Russell

Although the summer break is over, Mercedes made no decision regarding its second seat. While Valtteri Bottas remains in contention, George Russell looks to be his biggest threat for the 2022 seat. Both drivers will begin proceedings as the first driver pairing of the pre-race press conference tomorrow.

Following them is the pairing of Pierre Gasly and Mick Schumacher. While the former looks to secure his future for next season, the latter has a contract in place with Haas for next season. However, many continue to link him to racing for Alfa Romeo next season.

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The next pairing sees the eldest driver, Kimi Raikkonen, address the media with Lance Stroll. While Lewis Hamilton addressed the media with Verstappen at the French GP, he will do so with his teammate Sergio Perez this time. Given the intensity of the Red Bull-Mercedes battle, expect this pairing to receive several questions tomorrow.

Fernando Alonso will address the media with Yuki Tsunoda, in another combination featuring a generational gap. Media day at Spa ends with the driver pairing of former McLaren driver Carlos Sainz with his replacement, Daniel Ricciardo.

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The driver’s press conference at the Belgian Grand Prix will begin tomorrow at 12:30pm local time, and 10:30am GMT.

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Sanket Nair

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Sanket Nair is an F1 Author at EssentiallySports. A Sports Management graduate, he is a huge fan of Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo and hopes to see Red Bull break Mercedes' dominance and win the World Championship soon. Sanket has been hooked to the sport ever since he watched the battle for the 2010 World Championship go down to the wire at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

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