An unparalleled demonstration of power! Max Verstappen flies through the field from 14th on the grid and wins the Belgian Grand Prix. The world champion is thus further extending his lead in the overall Formula 1 ranking. The race in Spa to read.

6:20 p.m .: Because he refused a visit to the Formula 1 doctor, Lewis Hamilton received a warning at the race in Belgium. The Mercedes driver initially refused to appear at the track hospital for the mandatory check-up at the track hospital on Sunday in Spa-Francorchamps, the race stewards said. Hamilton only came to the investigation when his racing team was informed that the Briton was threatened with a harsher penalty.

It was not the first time this year that a driver had initially refused a medical check, the verdict said. In Hamilton’s case, the race stewards left it with a warning. However, they pointed out that there could be tougher sanctions in the future.

Hamilton crashed his Silver Arrow spectacularly into Fernando Alonso’s Alpine shortly after the start. The car of the seven-time world champion was briefly lifted into the air. A few corners later, his team asked him to park the damaged car. “He was in my blind spot, I didn’t see him, I’m so sorry for the team,” Hamilton said.

Alonso had cursed over the radio that Hamilton was “an idiot” and only knew how to drive when he started from first place. “I don’t care what he says. It was my fault, he was in a blind spot. That sort of thing happens,” Hamilton said.

The most important things in brief: world champion Max Verstappen won the first Formula 1 race after the summer break. The Dutch Red Bull driver stormed up from 14th on the grid to first place at Spa-Francorchamps on Sunday.

To the delight of tens of thousands of Oranje fans, Verstappen also continued to extend his World Cup lead. The Dutchman celebrated his ninth win of the season ahead of teammate Sergio Perez. Third in Belgium was Ferrari driver Carlos Sainz.

Sebastian Vettel in the Aston Martin secured four World Championship points in eighth place. Haas driver Mick Schumacher had to settle for 17th place 30 years after his father Michael’s first Formula 1 triumph.

The most important things in brief: Ferrari driver Carlos Sainz starts the Formula 1 race in Belgium from first place on the grid. The Spaniard took second place in qualifying at Spa-Francorchamps on Saturday. However, Sainz benefited from the fact that world champion Max Verstappen was penalized as the fastest of the day for the Grand Prix. Engine parts had been changed illegally on the Dutchman’s Red Bull.

World Championship runner-up Charles Leclerc from Ferrari and five other drivers will also receive grid penalties for Sunday’s race. Sergio Perez will start second in the second Red Bull on Sunday. Fernando Alonso will be third in the Alpine ahead of Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton. Mick Schumacher finished 15th at Spa-Francorchamps on Saturday. After his punitive transfer, the Haas pilot has to go last. Vettel finished the session 16th but moves up to P10 at the start of the race.

7.30 p.m .: A flood of penalties shakes up the starting grid at the Formula 1 race in Spa. In addition to Max Verstappen, Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc, McLaren driver Lando Norris, Haas driver Mick Schumacher, Alpine’s Esteban Ocon and Alfa Romeo duo Valtteri Bottas and Guanyu Zhou also received their penalties. The reigning world champion has to start from 15th place. Leclerc starts the race directly behind Verstappen in 16th place. Schumacher has to start last in Belgium. This is the starting order:

1. Sainz (Ferrari)

2. Perez (Red Bull)

3. Alonso (Alpine)

4. Hamilton (Mercedes)

5. Russell (Mercedes)

6. Albon (Williams)

7. Ricciardo (McLaren)

8. Gasly (AlphaTauri)

9. Stroll (Aston Martin)

10. Vettel (Aston Martin)

11. Latifi (Williams)

12. Magnussen (Haas)

13. Tsunoda (AlphaTauri)

14. Bottas (Alfa Romeo)

15. Verstappen (Red Bull)

16. Leclerc (Ferrari)

17. Ocon (Alpine)

18. Norris (McLaren)

19. Zhou (Alfa Romeo)

20. Schumacher (Haas)

Friday, 08/26/2022

2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.: 1st free practice session

17:00 – 18:00: 2nd free practice

Saturday, 08/27/2022

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.: 3rd free practice session

16:00 – 17:00 Uhr: Qualifying

Sunday, 08/28/2022

3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.: Race

After the summer break, Formula 1 is back at the start this weekend with the race in Spa. There have been rumors about the popular route in recent weeks that it could be removed from the calendar next year.

However, CEO Stefano Domenicali raised hopes that the racing series would also make a stop in Belgium at least next year. “We understand and respect that not all GP organizers can pay the same amount of money. Belgium is a great place for a Grand Prix, no doubt. You will find the organizers in my office very often this weekend. We appreciate the effort that goes into working on the runway or planning events with the pilots for Thursday, for example. A lot has also happened in terms of traffic management.”

To make the race safer, the first sector of the track was made safer this year. A gravel bed was already integrated into Turn 1, the La Source, to prevent the drivers from leaving the track and thus gain an advantage for the following long straight. It will be exciting to see how drivers adapt to this change as it could significantly change the start compared to the last few years.

Meanwhile, the famous Eau Rouge corner has been resurfaced. There have been many serious accidents there in recent years and the operators hope that the smoothed asphalt will now be more likely to prevent them.

Last but not least, the run-off zone in front of the subsequent Raidillon was made wider and sensors were installed on the track to make it easier for the stewards to check the track limits.

Red Bull driver Max Verstappen comfortably leads the drivers’ standings after the first half of the season with 258 points, 80 points ahead of Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc. Third is Verstappen’s teammate Sergio Perez with 173 points. The second Ferrari driver Carlos Sainz is fifth.

In the constructors’ championship, Ferrari is currently 97 points behind the leading Red Bull team. However, the Scuderia has not yet buried its hopes of winning the title, but has announced in the form of deputy racing director Laurent Mekies that it will even issue a team order at a given point in time. “Ferrari always comes first,” emphasized the Frenchman. His team wants to determine the time for this “from a point in the season where we think this decision is the best to do the right thing”.

Both Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz should work hard from this weekend to convince their team.

The Haas team continues to play for time in contract poker with young Formula 1 star Mick Schumacher. “We’re in no hurry to make a decision,” said team boss Günther Steiner ahead of the Belgian Grand Prix at Spa-Francorchamps on Sunday. Everything is still open when it comes to the question of awarding the second cockpit to the racing team for the coming year. “We have no pressure to make a decision. Nobody runs away,” said Steiner.

Schumacher must continue to prove himself. “This business is about performance. He knows that, he’s a racing driver,” said the Italian. Personally, he would prefer to clarify the driver question quickly. “But we’re not ready yet,” said the 57-year-old.

The son of record world champion Michael Schumacher began his Formula 1 career last year with the Haas team. This year he collected his first twelve World Championship points, but also caused a stir with two serious accidents. “It’s been my whole career that I’ve had to work to keep racing,” said the 23-year-old.

Team boss Steiner emphasized that he wanted to keep all options open. He also did not rule out talks with Daniel Ricciardo, who has to leave McLaren at the end of the season. It’s not about a driver having to bring money. “We are financially stable and have paid all our bills,” Steiner said.