2023 Formula One Belgian Grand Prix

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Who are you cheering on in the 2023 Formula One Belgian Grand Prix?

  • Max Verstappen

    Votes: 40 35.1%
  • Sergio Perez

    Votes: 1 0.9%
  • Lewis Hamilton

    Votes: 17 14.9%
  • George Russell

    Votes: 1 0.9%
  • Lando Norris

    Votes: 13 11.4%
  • Oscar Piastri

    Votes: 9 7.9%
  • Charles Leclerc

    Votes: 7 6.1%
  • Carlos Sainz

    Votes: 2 1.8%
  • Fernando Alonso

    Votes: 11 9.6%
  • Lance Stroll

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Valtteri Bottas

    Votes: 1 0.9%
  • Guanyu Zhou

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Kevin Magnussen

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Nico Hulkenberg

    Votes: 1 0.9%
  • Esteban Ocon

    Votes: 2 1.8%
  • Pierre Gasly

    Votes: 3 2.6%
  • Alexander Albon

    Votes: 1 0.9%
  • Logan Sargeant

    Votes: 2 1.8%
  • Daniel Ricciardo

    Votes: 1 0.9%
  • Yuki Tsunoda

    Votes: 2 1.8%

  • Total voters
    114
It's time for the big one. Formula One heads to Spa-Francorchamps this weekend for the 2023 Belgian Grand Prix. How will drivers and teams fare on the most iconic circuit on the calendar?

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We have past the halfway point in the season and a Max Verstappen championship come Abu Dhabi is looking more and more likely. In fact, Red Bull now holds the record for the most consecutive wins - 12 - and Verstappen is the winning-est driver with Red Bull - 41 wins.

However, the rest of the grid is where excitement lies with now four teams consistently fighting for the podium in the shape of Mercedes, McLaren, Ferrari and Aston Martin. That fierce battle is sure to continue as the circus heads to Belgium and the Ardennes Forest. This weekend is the Belgian Grand Prix taking place at Spa-Francorchamps, a truly iconic circuit. Here are the stories as we go into the weekend.

Circuit discussions​

Last month, during the 2023 24 Hours of Spa, the Formula Regional support race saw a horrific accident in wet conditions claim the life of a young Dutch driver, Dilano van 't Hoff. This terrible news shocked the motorsport world and the impact did not miss the Formula One community.


Following the accident, several drivers - namely Stroll and Gasly - spoke out about the Spa layout with the Eau Rouge-Radaillon section taking much of the brunt. It seems the recent widening of run-off around the crest has not resolved issues these racers had with the track. They are now calling out for a total reconfiguration of the section. In fact, the blind crest just after a compression point has frequently caused issues with drivers unable to see obstacles at the top of the hill.

This subject is sure to be of great concern throughout the weekend, especially given the conditions expected for each day.

Belgian Grand Prix weather​

Much like the Spa 24 weekend, the Belgian GP is set for rain across each of the three days of the race weekend. Check your favourite forecast app or website and you will spot heavy rainfall on both Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

This now means that every European F1 event this year has been plagued with rain. Whilst most events have seen practice sessions or qualifying take place on a wet track, this weekend is set for rain across each session, even the race. Therefore, teams can't afford to preserve the cars during wet practice sessions. Drivers will need to get their eye in on the damp conditions to understand where grip is out on-track.

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Expect to see drivers pushing the limits and going beyond them as early as FP1 this afternoon. Getting through each session in one piece without damaging their confidence all whilst learning and gathering data will be crucial for the drivers.

Sprint race number three​

If rain wasn't enough carnage this weekend, the drivers and teams will have to gather as much information as they can, and perfect their setups in just one hour of Free Practice 1. In fact, the Belgian Grand Prix will be the third Sprint weekend of 2023. this means that one practice session flings the paddock into a succession of qualifying sessions and races throughout Saturday and Sunday.

Whilst the last two year's sprint events added little to the spectacle, 2023's Sprint format has certainly injected a level of spice into the racing. No longer does the Sprint Race set the grid for Sunday's GP. Now, the Sprint Race and qualifying - otherwise known as Shootout - are a separate entity. As for the standard sessions, Qualifying on Friday sets the grid for Sunday's GP.


With little to no practice and the sole session outside of Parc Fermé rules taking place in the rain, the order may well find itself mixed up. Little can be done to the cars from Qualifying on Friday evening onwards. So the setups the teams have come the end of FP1 are more or less the setups they will run as late as Sunday afternoon.

How to watch the Belgian Grand Prix​

The 2023 Belgian Grand Prix will as always be available live on F1 TV as well as the many national broadcasting networks around the world. If you're looking to catch up on all the competitive running this weekend, remember to tune in on Friday afternoon for the first practice session with running taking place all throughout Saturday. Here are those crucial session times.

Friday​

Free Practice: 13:30-14:30 CET
Qualifying: 17:00-18:00 CET

Saturday​

Sprint Shootout: 12:00-12:44 CET
Sprint Race: 16:30-17:30 CET

Sunday​

Grand Prix: 15:00 CET

Who will win the 2023 Formula One Belgian Grand Prix?
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The weather (or climate to be more accurate) is too good for me to imagine. it's almost 35 degrees here
 
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This is the track where Verstappen absolutely shines; after he not only won, but breezed to victory last year from 14th on the grid, It'd take one of the RBPT engine components to conk out during the race or a 1998-level pile-up to deny him victory here; even with a 5-place grid penalty going into this weekend.
 
yes.. Verstappen is in the game. But I was also impressed by Piastri and where does Ferrari get the speed from. Nice qualifying and hopefully an exciting weekend with lots of rain
 
It was a great qualifying, especially due to the drying track, until max's lap in q3 xD.. well let's see what the weather brings tomorrow in the sprint
 
Great job Piastri! "1st podium in a 'sort of race' " :roflmao:

Alonso couldn't see the screens through the spray, so decided to park it.

OMG Perez, was already losing our big time before the damage

Ham/Perez should've been a racing incident

Good on Gasly!

Max just being Max
 
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5 laps behind the safety car in Inter conditions...typical F1. Earning by far the most money of all racing drivers, but being the biggest pussies. By the time they started there was barely any spray, even on the camera (which is a lot worse in filtering out the spray then the human eye)
 
5 laps behind the safety car in Inter conditions...typical F1. Earning by far the most money of all racing drivers, but being the biggest pussies. By the time they started there was barely any spray, even on the camera (which is a lot worse in filtering out the spray then the human eye)
In fairness the drivers sounded like they wanted to go much sooner, but race control is hell bent on making the wet tyres a useless compound in F1.
 
5 laps behind the safety car in Inter conditions...typical F1. Earning by far the most money of all racing drivers, but being the biggest pussies.

Ah, missed the message that it was the drivers' call

there was barely any spray, even on the camera (which is a lot worse in filtering out the spray then the human eye)

Ah, don't have the 'red button', so didn't see the cockpit cam, nor the drone cam following the cars
 
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5 laps behind the safety car in Inter conditions...typical F1. Earning by far the most money of all racing drivers, but being the biggest pussies. By the time they started there was barely any spray, even on the camera (which is a lot worse in filtering out the spray then the human eye)
I think it was necessary. a few weeks ago a young driver died at this Spa in the rain
 
Lando Norris has to watch his back for Piastri, otherwise he will become the new leader at Mc Laren.
 
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Next season all the races are moving to Saudi Arabia and will be run indoors with rubber bumpers. I mean wtf is the point of having wet tires when they do that and a great overtake from Lewis on Perez penalised , that sort of thing will sterilise every race soon as no one will bother to try an overtake unless they are driving a red bull with drs available. PS I think that will really damage Perez confidence again, he really is off the pace with that car. The Honey badger will get it next season at this rate.
 
Next season all the races are moving to Saudi Arabia and will be run indoors with rubber bumpers. I mean wtf is the point of having wet tires when they do that and a great overtake from Lewis on Perez penalised , that sort of thing will sterilise every race soon as no one will bother to try an overtake unless they are driving a red bull with drs available. PS I think that will really damage Perez confidence again, he really is off the pace with that car. The Honey badger will get it next season at this rate.

it seems that they have already developed a car at Merc. Hopefully the old teammate will come back too....


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