The reigning F1 world champion dominated qualifying, setting the fastest time with 0.632s from nearest challenger Sainz, but with a back-of-the-grid engine penalty, Verstappen will start from 15th place.
Verstappen’s penalty meant Sainz inherited pole for Ferrari and he will be joined on the front row by Sergio Perez in the second Red Bull.
Charles Leclerc, who finished fourth in qualifying, also has a back-of-the-grid penalty and will duly start from 16th place directly behind title rival Verstappen.
Despite the grid penalty, both Verstappen and Leclerc are expected to fight back for the podium places, while Mercedes driver George Russell said he expected the Dutchman could still win the Belgian GP.
It was a disappointing qualifying for Mercedes with its best effort from Lewis Hamilton, 1,838s off Verstappen’s best lap, leading team boss Toto Wolff to label it “not acceptable”.
Valtteri Bottas, Alfa Romeo C42
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When is the F1 Belgian Grand Prix?
Date: Sunday 28 August 2022
Start time: 2:00 PM BST, 3:00 PM local time
The 14th round of the 2022 F1 season, the Belgian GP at Spa-Francorchamps, starts on Sunday, August 28 at 3:00 PM local time (2:00 PM BST).
How can I watch Formula 1?
In the UK, Formula 1 will be broadcast live on Sky Sports, with highlights a few hours after the race on Channel 4. Live streaming via NOW is also available in the UK.
Sky Sports F1, which broadcasts the F1 races, can be added as part of the Sky Sports channels, costing £20 per month for new customers. Sky Sports can also be accessed via NOW with a one-time daily payment of £11.98p or a monthly subscription of £33.99p per month.
How can I watch the F1 Belgian GP?
In the UK, Sky Sports is broadcasting the Belgian GP live, with the race being shown live on Sky Sports F1. Pre-race coverage starts on Sky Sports F1 at 12:30pm before the race starts at 2:00pm BST.
Channels: Sky Sports F1
Start time: 12:30 BST, Sunday 28 August 2022
TSWT will be holding a live text report of the Belgian GP here.
When can I watch the highlights of the F1 Belgian GP?
In the UK, Channel 4 will be broadcasting highlights from the Belgian GP on Sunday evening at 6.30pm BST. The full program lasts two and a half hours and includes the pre-race, race highlights and first reaction after the race to wrap up the main talking points of the race weekend.
Channel 4 will broadcast highlights from every qualifying and race from every event throughout the 2022 F1 season. The highlights will also be available on Channel 4’s on-demand catch-up services.
Channel: Channel 4
Start time: 6.30pm BST, Sunday 28 August 2022
Mick Schumacher, Haas VF-22
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Will the F1 Belgian GP be on the radio?
Live radio coverage of every practice, qualifying and race for the 2022 F1 season will be available on TSWT Radio 5 Live, 5 Live Sports Extra stations, the TSWT Sounds app and via the TSWT Sport website.
Live coverage of the Belgian GP will start at 2pm BST on the TSWT Sport website and on the TSWT Sounds app.
Weather forecast for the F1 Belgian GP
Current weather forecasts predict sunny and warm conditions at Spa-Francorchamps, with a small chance of rain. The temperature is expected to be 21 degrees Celsius for the start of the race, two degrees cooler than the Hungarian GP last time.
How many laps will the F1 Belgian GP last?
The race will cover 44 laps at Spa-Francorchamps for a total race distance of 308,052 km.