Belgian Grand Prix first race of Belgium was held in 1925 at the Spa region’s race course, an area of the country that had been associated with motor sport since the very early years of racing. To accommodate Grand Prix motor racing, the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps race course was built in 1921 but it was only used for motorcycle racing until 1924. After the 1923 success of the new 24 hours of Le Mans in France, the Spa 24 Hours, a similar 24-hour endurance race, was run at the Spa track.
Since inception, Spa-Francorchamps has been known for its unpredictable weather. At one stage in its history it had rained at the Belgian Grand Prix for twenty years in a row. Frequently drivers confront a part of the course that is clear and bright while another stretch is rainy and slippery.
The Belgian Grand Prix was designated the European Grand Prix six times between 1925 and 1973, when this title was an honorary designation given each year to one Grand Prix race in Europe. It is one of the most popular races on the Formula One calendar, due to the scenic and historical Spa-Francorchamps circuit being a favourite of drivers and fans.
2018 Belgian Grand Prix race information
Friday 24th August 2018
Belgian Grand Prix Free Practice 1: 11:00-12:30 (UK time: 10:00-11:30)
Belgian Grand Prix Free Practice 2: 15:00-16:30 (UK time: 14:00-15:30)
Saturday 25th August 2018
Belgian Grand Prix Free Practice 3: 12:00-13:00 (UK time: 11:00-12:00)
Belgian Grand Prix Qualifying: 15:00 (UK time: 14:00)
Sunday 26th August 2018
Belgian Grand Prix: 15:10 (UK time: 14:10)
Live coverage will be available through Channel 4, BBC, or Sky Sports (UK), ESPN (US), Fox Sports (Australia), and many other countries. Here are the match coverage breakdown for the different countries:
United Kingdom – Available on Channel 4 (FREE), BBC Radio (FREE – audio only), and Sky Sports
United States – Available on ESPN
Australia – Available on Tenplay (FREE – Australian Grand Prix only) and Fox Sports
Canada – Available on TSN
Finland – Available on MTV3
Germany – Available on RTL
Middle East and North Africa (MENA) – Available on beIN Sports
Poland – Available on Eleven Sports
Portugal – Available on SportTV
South Africa – Available on SuperSport
Sweden – Available on Viaplay
2018 Pre-Season Testing: Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel has been the fastest driver in both pre-season tests in march. He also set the record for fastest lap time in over a decade in Barcelona at 1:19.024. McLaren suffered several mechanical problems while Mercedes were also quick with new driver Valtteri Bottas setting a record lap time before Vettle on Thursday, 09 March 2017.