Belgian Grand Prix Schedule: When Is the Next F1 Race After Hungarian GP?

Published 08/02/2021, 2:20 AM EDT
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)


Last weekend’s Hungarian Grand Prix proved to be one of the best races F1 has witnessed over this season. There was endless action from the start until the finish, with uncertainty lingering over the eventual race winner, Esteban Ocon, throughout the race.

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Hence, after Hungaroring put up an incredible show, the fans are eagerly waiting for the next showdown. However, there is bad news awaiting fans in that regard.

With the end of Hungarian GP, F1 heads into the 2021 season’s summer break, which will last for four weeks. Hence, the F1 fandom is possibly looking at a rather dull spell ahead.

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When is the next F1 race?

F1 will flag off its 12th round of the season at the classic Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium on August 27, 2021. Spa will host the usual race weekend comprising FP1, FP2, FP3, qualifying, and ultimately the race.

While the first two practice sessions will take place on Friday, the final practice session will arrive early on Saturday before heading into the crucial qualifying session, which will set the grid for Sunday’s main event.

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)

The Belgian Grand Prix is definitely a fan-favorite, as the 7.004km course possesses some exciting turns and massively long straights. Eau Rouge, of all, is arguably one of the most incredible yet dangerous turns on the current F1 calendar.

Also, with the altitude varying from one turn to another, the amount of grip the track has to offer will vary too, raising the chances of spins and collisions over the weekend.

External factors that could spice up the Belgian GP

The lowest point of the circuit is around turn 15, Curve Paul Frere, at 373m, while the highest point is around turn 5, Les Combes, at 470m.

Hence, situated around 0.5km above mean sea level, the circuit could witness breezy conditions throughout the year. What’s more, the air temperature, too, will mostly remain within 20ºC, which makes it difficult for the drivers to bring their tires up to temperature.

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Elevation Map of Spa-Francorchamps – Highest point 470m, Lowest point 373m from formula1

Ultimately, above all, the rain! Spa is famous for witnessing intermittent rains, and F1 has come across wet sessions over almost every race weekend at the circuit too.

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At the moment, there are definitely chances of rain throughout the 2021 Belgian Grand Prix weekend. Hence, will Spa manage to overlap the excitement Hungary had to offer last weekend?

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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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