Belgian Grand Prix F1 Practice Schedule: Where to Watch, Timings, Live Stream & Weather Forecast

Published 08/25/2021, 4:26 AM EDT
SPA, BELGIUM – AUGUST 31: Charles Leclerc of Ferrari and France during qualifying for the F1 Grand Prix of Belgium at Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps on August 31, 2019 in Spa, Belgium. (Photo by Peter J Fox/Getty Images)


It has been a rather quiet August, with F1 heading into the summer break after experiencing what was one of the most chaotic races at Hungarian GP. Well, the wait is finally over, as the V6 engines are all set to scream again at the classic Spa Francorchamps circuit over the Belgian GP.

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Also, most of the teams may have utilized the 4-week break to push for a potential performance gain. And the practice sessions at Spa could prove to be extremely crucial.

Hence, with massive prioritization falling over FP1, FP2, and FP3, take a look at when and where to catch a glimpse of the on-track action.

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When to watch the F1 practice sessions?

The format remains the same, with sprint races opting to stay away from the weekend. Hence, F1 will flag off the race weekend with the usual FP1 during late-morning hours in Belgium.

The 60-minute session will take place at 11:30 AM local time. Australian viewers will witness the action unfold at 7:30 PM, while it will be 5:30 AM for the far-west country of the United States.

The session will start precisely at 10:30 AM in the United Kingdom. In India, the session will start at 3:00 PM, while for Tokyo, it will be 6:30 PM. And finally, for the Russian viewers, the session will begin at 12:30 PM

Followed by FP1 comes FP2, which will start off exactly 150 minutes after the end of the first practice session. For the northern parts of the United States, the session will begin at 9:00 AM, while it is 2:00 PM for the UK.

The far-east continent of Australia will witness the action at 11:00 PM, and it will be 6:30 PM in India. For Japan, the session will begin at 10:00 PM and around 4:00 PM for Russia.

The timings will remain the same as FP1 for Saturday’s third practice session.

Where to watch the practice sessions?

As always, Sky Sports hold the broadcasting rights for the United Kingdom, Germany, and Italy. Apart from Sky, the former of all can also catch the action through Channel 4 and also through F1’s own broadcasting channel, F1 TV, which manages to show several onboards apart from the official broadcast.

SPA, BELGIUM – AUGUST 26: Max Verstappen of the Netherlands driving the (33) Red Bull Racing Red Bull-TAG Heuer RB13 TAG Heuer on track during qualifying for the Formula One Grand Prix of Belgium at Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps on August 26, 2017 in Spa, Belgium. (Photo by Dan Istitene/Getty Images)

Ziggo will continue to broadcast for the Netherlands, and Eleven Sports and F1 DAZN for Spain and Portugal, respectively. The United States will come under ESPN, while Canada falls under RDS. Indian viewers can watch the sessions through Star Sports.

For the local Belgian viewers, RTBF and Telenet hold the broadcasting rights.

Weather outlook for the three F1 sessions?

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Very high chance of rain through all three of the sessions. Friday and Saturday are likely to fall under intermittent showers or even downpours, with higher intensity expected over the afternoon. Hence, the FP2 will probably witness heavy rains, while it could be showers for both FP1 and FP3.

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Nonetheless, one can look forward to a wet weekend at the Belgian Grand Prix, and most of the weather models are certain of that. Hence, with more consolidation than ever happening amongst multiple models, are F1 viewers in for a treat at the tricky, but exciting Spa Francorchamps?

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Rohit Kumar

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Rohit Kumar is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. He has been an ardent follower of the racing series since 2007, with his love for the sport coinciding with his love for Kimi Raikkonen. He is also an ardent follower of Sebastian Vettel and Aston Martin Racing.

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