The Formula 1 season returns after the summer break with the Belgian Grand Prix at the famous Spa-Francorchamps circuit with Max Verstappen 80 points clear of Charles Leclerc in the standings.
The 2021 world champion has won eight of the first 13 races this season, the latest coming at the Hungarian Grand Prix after a dominant performance as the Belgian-Dutchman stormed through the field from P10. Lewis Hamilton finished second – his fifth consecutive podium – while pole sitter George Russell had to settle for third as he was overcome by Red Bull’s strategy and sheer race pace.
However, it was another forgettable Sunday for Ferrari, with Charles Leclerc finishing sixth after his team incorrectly fitted him with hard tires while Carlos Sainz finished fourth having started the race from second.
It means Russell has overtaken Sainz in the overall standings, with Sergio Perez third and Hamilton sixth. The next race comes after some big news to kick off the summer break, with Fernando Alonso announcing he will join Aston Martin from Alpine for next season, replacing Sebastian Vettel who announced his retirement ahead of Budapest .
But then on the weekend of August 26-28 F1 returns after a four-week absence to a fan favorite at Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium. a track whose F1 future is in doubt despite its traditional place on the calendar.
Here’s everything you need to know.
When and where is the next match?
After four weeks off in August, Formula 1 rolls into Spa for the Belgian Grand Prix from August 26-28.
The first and second practices take place at 1 p.m. and at 4 p.m. (BST) respectively on Friday, August 26, before the third practice session at noon on Saturday, August 27 and qualifying at 3 p.m.
The match on Sunday 28 August kicks off at 14:00 (BST).
What has been said?
George Russell has hit out at Red Bull and Ferrari for “regulation pressure” after the Briton finished on the podium at the Hungarian Grand Prix.
The 24-year-old had taken the first pole position of his career in Budapest on Saturday before Max Verstappen stormed through the field to win his eighth race of the season, with Russell having to settle for third behind team-mate Lewis Hamilton.
Mercedes have been dogged by seals and bounces throughout the first half of the 2022 season, with ongoing problems with their underbody damaging their Championship prospects. Ahead of the Canadian Grand Prix in June, the FIA has issued a new technical directive aimed at curbing pornography by destroying so-called ‘flexi-floors’, with the deadline coming for the first race after the summer holidays in Belgium. .
Russell believes that while Mercedes have “respected” the regulations, Ferrari and Red Bull have “pushed” them and hopes the new rules have a negative impact on Red Bull and Ferrari.
“The spa will be interesting,” Russell said. “There are some changes in some of the regulations that may bring other teams to us. I think as a team we have a lot of confidence in ourselves and belief that we’re doing a great job and there’s no reason why we shouldn’t be in the mix.
“There is no doubt that Ferrari and Red Bull have pushed the regulations in that regard and we have respected them as the regulation was intended.”
Current driver ranking
1. Max Verstappen – 258 points
2. Charles Leclerc – 178 points
3. Sergio Perez – 173 points
4. George Russell – 158 points
5. Carlos Sainz – 156 points
6. Lewis Hamilton – 146 points
7. Lando Norris – 76 points
8. Esteban Ocon – 58 points
9. Valtteri Bottas – 46 points
10. Fernando Alonso – 41 points
11. Kevin Magnussen – 22 points
12. Daniel Ricciardo -19 points
13. Pierre Gasly – 16 points
14. Sebastian Vettel – 16 points
15. Mick Schumacher – 12 points
16. Yuki Tsunoda – 11 points
17. Guanyu Zhou – 5 points
18. Lance Stroll – 4 points
19. Alex Albon – 3 points
20. Nikolaos Latifi – 0 points
21. Nico Hulkenberg – 0 points
Full schedule for 2022
ROUND 14 — BELGIUM
Spa-Francorchamps — August 26-28
15th ROUND — NETHERLANDS
Zandvoort — September 2-4
ROUND 16 — ITALY
Monza — September 9-11
ROUND 17 – SINGAPORE
Marina Bay — 30-2 Sept/Oct
ROUND 18 – JAPAN
Suzuka — October 7-9
ROUND 19 — UNITED STATES
Circuit of the Americas — October 21-23
ROUND 20 — MEXICO
Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez — October 28-30
ROUND 21 – BRAZIL
Interlago — November 11-13
ROUND 22 – ABU DHABI
Yas Marina — November 18-20