Belgian GP Schedule 2023: Formula 1

Track Schedule

The Belgian GP weekend follows F1’s Sprint format. F1 track action starts on Friday at Spa Francorchamps with a 1-hour free practice session (FP1) for teams to find the perfect setup. Qualifying takes place on Friday afternoon.

On Saturday, the Sprint Shootout sets the grid for the Sprint later that day. The Grand Prix is on Sunday, with starting positions determined by the results of Friday’s qualifying session.

f1 track schedule
FridayFirst Practice13:30 - 14:30
Qualifying 17:00 - 18:00
SaturdaySprint Shootout 12:00 - 12:44
Sprint (15 Laps or 60 Mins)16:30 - 17:00
SundayGrand Prix (44 laps or 120 minutes)*15:00 - 17:00

*An F1 race has a maximum time of 2 hours, but can run for up to 3 hours if there are red flags. Jump to full timetable.

Pitstop Practice

Spectators with a view of the pits try not to blink. This is where pit crews hone their skills for the 2-second tyre change.

Pitstop Practice at the Belgian GP is from 10:55 – 11:25 on Saturday.

pitstop practice schedule

Track Parade

This is when the grandstands really start to fill up. 2 hours before lights out, drivers warm-up for the race by waving at fans and answering questions. Last chance photo op before the helmets go on.

The driver’s parade at the Belgian GP is from 12:50 – 13:20 on Sunday.

f1 track parade time

Belgian GP Schedule 2023: Support Races

Formula 2

A good chance to see the star drivers of the future. F2, the feeder series to F1 has seen many well-known names pass through its ranks. The single-seater cars have an identical chassis, engine and tyres which means it’s all about driver skill and the racing is close.

On Friday the F2 action starts with a 45-minute practice session in the morning and a 30-minute qualifying in the afternoon. The Sprint Race is on Saturday and the Feature Race on Sunday.

f2 schedule
© Takayuki Suzuki | Flickr

Formula 3

Formula 3 is an important step on the road to success in single-seater motor racing. Drivers who do well here usually go on to compete in F2 and sometimes even make the leap to F1.

The F3 schedule starts with a 45-minute practice session on Friday followed by a half-hour qualifying session. A sprint race takes place on Saturday and the second and final race takes place on Sunday morning.

formula 3 schedule
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Porsche Supercup

The long-term support act for F1, Porche Supercup is a one-make racing series that accompanies most of the European F1 races and some of the long hauls too.

The schedule for Belgium sees a 45-minute practice session on Friday, a 30-minute qualifying session on Saturday and a 30-minute race on Sunday.

porsche supercup
© Lukas Raich | Wikimedia

Gate Opening & Closing Times

Friday06:00 - 22:30
Saturday06:00 - 22:30
Sunday06:00 - 20:00

Full Timetable for the Belgian Grand Prix Weekend

FRIDAY 28th JULY Local time
FIA Formula 3Practice Session09:55 - 10:40
FIA Formula 2Practice Session11:05 - 11:50
Paddock ClubPaddock Club Track Tour12:00 - 12:30
Paddock ClubPaddock Club Pit Lane Walk12:00 - 13:00
FIAF1 Car Presentation12:00 - 13:00
Formula 1Historic F1 Cars Demonstration12:30 - 12:50
FIA Formula 3Qualifying Session15:00 - 15:30
Formula 1Teams Press Conference15:00 - 16:00
FIA Formula 2Qualifying Session15:55 - 16:25
Formula 1Press Conference18:00 - 18:30
Porsche Mobil 1 SupercupPractice Session18:30 - 19:15
FIA Formula 3Press Conference18:35 - 19:05
FIA Formula 2Press Conference19:10 - 19:40
Paddock ClubPaddock Club Pit Lane Walk19:40 - 20:10
Paddock ClubPaddock Club Track Tour19:40 - 20:10
FIA Formula 3Sprint Race (15 Laps or 40 Mins +1 Lap)10:00 - 10:45
Formula 1Team Pit Stop Practice10:55 - 11:25
Paddock ClubPaddock Club Track Tour10:55 - 11:35
Paddock ClubPaddock Club Pit Lane Walk10:55 - 11:35
FIA Formula 3Press Conference11:05 - 11:35
FIA Formula 2Sprint Race (18 Laps or 45 Mins +1 Lap)13:45 - 14:35
FIA Formula 2Press Conference14:55 - 15:25
Porsche Mobil 1 SupercupQualifying Session15:00 - 15:30
Air DisplayRed Devils Aerobatic Display15:15 - 15:30
FORMULA 1SPRINT (15 Laps or 60 Mins)16:30 - 17:00
Formula 1Press Conference17:00 - 17:30
Formula 1Historic F1 Cars Demonstration17:30 - 17:50
Paddock ClubPaddock Club Pit Lane Walk17:45 - 18:30
Paddock ClubPaddock Club Track Tour17:50 - 18:20
F1 ExperiencesF1 Experiences Champions Club Grid Walk & Trophy Photo18:30 - 19:30
FIA Formula 3Feature Race (18 Laps or 45 Mins +1 Lap)08:30 - 09:20
FIA Formula 2Feature Race (25 Laps or 60 Mins +1 Lap)10:00 - 11:05
FIA Formula 2Press Conference11:25 - 11:55
Porsche Mobil 1 SupercupRace (12 Laps or 30 Mins)11:45 - 12:20
Formula 1Historic F1 Cars Demonstration12:25 - 12:45
Paddock ClubPaddock Club Track Tour12:45 - 13:15
Paddock ClubPaddock Club Pit Lane Walk12:45 - 13:45
Formula 1Drivers' Parade12:50 - 13:20
Formula 1National Anthem14:46 - 14:48
FORMULA 1GRAND PRIX (44 LAPS OR 120 MINS)15:00 - 17:00

All start times in this timetable and other schedules on this page are in the local timezone at the track. Times are subject to change.

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