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F1 Belgian Grand Prix Live Stream: How to watch the race for free

F1 Belgian Grand Prix Live Stream: Race schedule, UK times and coverage

After a month off, Formula One returns to our screens this weekend, with the Belgian Grand Prix. Here’s everything you need to know to watch the Belgian Grand Prix online for free, including the race schedule, UK times, and TV channel details.

Quite a lot has happened between Lewis Hamilton’s late July victory in Hungary, and today. Fernando Alonso has announced his impending retirement, McLaren has revealed that fellow Spaniard Carlos Sainz will replace him, and Daniel Ricciardo has confirmed he’ll leave Red Bull for Renault at the end of the season − the Australian will be replaced by Pierre Gasly.

Mercedes’ Hamilton sits at the top of the leaderboard at the midway stage of the season, with Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel just behind him. Between them, the Brit and the German have won nine of the 12 races we’ve had so far this season, and they’re well ahead of the rest of the pack.

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And so we move on to Spa-Francorchamps, and the 13th race of the 2018 calendar. Lewis Hamilton was triumphant on this circuit last year, and and he was joined on the podium by Vettel and Ricciardo. Here’s our guide on how to catch the 2018 Belgian Grand Prix from the UK, including channels and times for practice races, qualifying and, of course, the main event.

You’ll be pleased to hear that there are no early morning starts this weekend.

F1 Belgian Grand Prix Schedule: What time is the race on TV?

Here’s the full Belgian Grand Prix schedule (all times BST):

Thursday August 23
2pm – Drivers’ Press Conference

Friday August 24
9:45am – Belgian Grand Prix Practice One build-up
10am – Belgian Grand Prix Practice One
1:45pm – Belgian Grand Prix Practice Two build-up
2pm – Belgian Grand Prix Practice Two

Saturday August 25
10:45am – Belgian Grand Prix Practice Three build-up
11am – Belgian Grand Prix Practice Three
1pm – Belgian Grand Prix Qualifying build-up
2pm – Belgian Grand Prix Qualifying
5pm – The F1 Show

Sunday August 26
12.30pm – Belgian Grand Prix Pit Lane
1:30pm – Belgian Grand Prix On the Grid
4:30pm – Belgian Grand Prix Paddock

F1 Belgian Grand Prix 2018: How to watch the race online and on TV for free

Sky and Channel 4 have both got TV rights for the 2018 season, and the Belgian Grand Prix is one of 10 races that will be shown by both broadcasters. Sky is showing all of the events listed above, while Channel 4 is sticking to the practice sessions, qualifying and the race itself.

If you’re a Sky subscriber, you can tune in – in 4K, no less – on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports F1. You can also catch the action by using the Sky Go mobile app, at no additional charge. Here are some quick-links to help you:

Alternatively, you can watch all of the key events for free on Channel 4.

The first practice session is being shown on Channel 4 from 9:55am on Friday, with coverage of the second practice session beginning at 1:55pm. On Saturday, coverage of the third practice sessions gets going at 10:55am, with qualifying being shown from 12:55pm.

On race day, coverage begins at 1pm. You can also keep up with the action online through the All 4 website, and on your mobile with the All 4 app for both iOS and Android.

Here are some more quick-links to help you:

And finally, if you’re not a Sky customer, but desperately don’t want to miss a moment of the action, you can pick up a Now TV Sports Pass, which will set you back either £6.99 (for a Day Pass) or £10.99 (for a Week Pass). The Week Pass is obviously the best value for F1 fans, especially if you’re planning to watch everything that goes down from Thursday through to Sunday.

You can access Now TV in a number of ways, including apps for your phone, tablet or smart TV, or streaming devices and sticks. The company also has its own dedicated Now TV box that you can pick up for a bargain price.

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