2023 F1 Spa Timetable – Belgian Grand Prix Schedule

Alex Gassman

by Alex Gassman

Spa F1 timetable and schedule for the 2023 Belgian Grand Prix race and qualifying start times

Here’s the full F1 Spa timetable for the 2023 Belgian Grand Prix. The Spa F1 schedule below includes different time zones for the GP race start time for people tuning in from other countries.

It also details the full schedule of all F1 and support series events across the weekend so you can keep up with the on-track activities. Plus gate opening times for spectators attending the race in person.

The 2023 Belgian Grand Prix takes place from Friday 28th July to Sunday 30th July. The event features a Sprint race so also includes a Sprint shootout qualifying session.

Contents

Belgian Grand Prix race weekend format

The 2023 Belgian Grand Prix is one of only 6 events on the F1 calendar this year to feature a sprint race.

The format of the different sessions across the weekend will be as follows:

Friday

  • First practice session FP1 (60 mins)
  • Qualifying session Q1 Q2 Q3 (60 mins)

Saturday

  • Sprint Shootout – qualifying for the sprint race (45 mins)
  • Sprint race (100km)

Sunday

  • Race (44 laps or 120 mins)

This new-for-2023 sprint race weekend format removes the FP2 and FP3 qualifying sessions, giving the drivers just one 60 minute practice session before qualifying begins.

The qualifying session on Friday afternoon will decide the starting grid for the main Grand Prix race on Sunday.

The Sprint shootout on Saturday morning is a shorter qualifying session that decides the starting order for the Sprint race later that day. The shootout is split in to three sessions (SS1, SS2 and SS3) but each of them are only short enough for the drivers to attempt one flying lap. 

The pressure of only getting one shot at a quick lap, combined with the lack of practice, may well lead to some mistakes being made when the drivers are pushing to set the fastest lap time at Spa Francorchamps.

2023 Belgian GP start time

The 2023 F1 Spa sprint race starts at 4:30pm local time on Saturday 29th July. The sprint race will last for around 14 laps of the Spa Francorchamps GP circuit layout.

The 2023 Belgian Grand Prix Formula 1 race starts at 3pm local time.  The race will last for either 44 laps or 120 minutes (whichever is shorter).  

F1 Spa timetable 2023

Below is the F1 Spa timetable for the 2023 Belgian Grand Prix weekend. The timings shown are the local circuit times in Belgium, in the Central European Summer Time (CEST) zone. 

2023 Spa Belgian Grand Prix Schedule
Friday 28th July
13:30 - 14:30 Formula 1 First Practice Session - FP1
17:00 - 18:00 Formula 1 Qualifying - Q1 / Q2 / Q3
Saturday 29th July
12:00 - 12:45 Formula 1 Sprint Shootout
16:30 - 17:30 Formula 1 Sprint Race
Sunday 30th July
15:00 Formula 1 Grand Prix Race

What time is the Spa F1 race in my country?

The Spa F1 race will start at 15:00 local time (CEST) and will last for either 44 laps or 2 hours.

Below are the times for all the Belgian Grand Prix practice, qualifying, sprint and race sessions in a number of different time zones.

Session Circuit Local Time
CEST
PDT CT ET BST (UK) AEDT
Practice 1 13:30 - Fri 28 July 04:30 06:30 07:30 12:30 21:30
Qualifying 17:00 - Fri 28 July 08:00 10:00 11:00 16:00 01:00+1
Sprint Shootout 12:00 - Sat 29 July 03:00 05:00 06:00 11:00 20:00
Sprint 16:30 - Sat 29 July 07:30 09:30 10:30 15:30 00:30+1
Race 15:00 - Sun 30 July 06:00 08:00 09:00 14:00 23:00

What channel is the Belgian GP on?

UK viewers will be able to watch live coverage of the Belgian Grand Prix practice sessions, qualifying, Sprint shootout, Sprint race and main race on Sky Sports F1 if they have a paid subscription to that channel. 

Coverage and pre-race build up usually begins around 60 to 90 minutes before the Belgian GP start time.

Highlights of the race will be available to view for free on Channel 4 at around 11:00pm on Sunday 30th July. 

International broadcast information can be found on the official Formula 1 website.

Gate opening times

If you’re lucky enough to be attending the Belgian Grand Prix in person it’s important to know what time to arrive if you want to try and get one of the best general admission viewing spots.

Spa Francorchamps usually confirms the exact spectator gate opening times a few days before the event via their social feeds and email. But for reference, below are the 2022 times.

2022 F1 Spa spectator gate opening times:

  • Friday – 6:00am
  • Saturday – 6:00am
  • Sunday – 6:00am 

F1 Spa detailed motorsport schedule

Below is the complete motorsport schedule for the Spa Grand Prix weekend. This includes the timing for all F1 activity such as press conferences, driver parades and on-track sessions. It also includes the timings for all suppport series, which for 2023 are:

  • FIA Formula 3
  • FIA Formula 2
Friday 28th July 2023
09:55 - 10:40 FIA Formula 3 Practice Session
11:05 - 11:50 FIA Formula 2 Practice Session
12:00 - 12:30 Paddock Club Track Tour
12:00 - 13:00 Paddock Club Pit Lane Walk
12:00 - 13:00 FIA F1 Car Presentation
12:30 - 12:50 Formula 1 Historic F1 Cars Demonstration
13:30 - 14:30 FORMULA 1 FIRST PRACTICE SESSION
15:00 - 15:30 FIA Formula 3 Qualifying Session
15:00 - 16:00 Formula 1 Teams Press Conference
15:55 - 16:25 FIA Formula 2 Qualifying Session
17:00 - 18:00 FORMULA 1 QUALIFYING
18:00 - 18:30 Formula 1 Press Conference
18:30 - 19:15 Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup Practice Session
18:35 - 19:05 FIA Formula 3 Press Conference
19:10 - 19:40 FIA Formula 2 Press Conference
19:40 - 20:10 Paddock Club Pit Lane Walk
19:40 - 20:10 Paddock Club Track Tour
Saturday 29th July 2023
10:00 - 10:45 FIA Formula 3 Sprint Race (15 Laps or 40 Mins +1 Lap)
10:55 - 11:25 Formula 1 Team Pit Stop Practice
10:55 - 11:35 Paddock Club Track Tour
10:55 - 11:35 Paddock Club Pit Lane Walk
11:05 - 11:35 FIA Formula 3 Press Conference
12:00 - 12:44 FORMULA 1 SPRINT SHOOTOUT
13:45 - 14:35 FIA Formula 2 Sprint Race (18 Laps or 45 Mins +1 Lap)
14:55 - 15:25 FIA Formula 2 Press Conference
15:00 - 15:30 Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup Qualifying Session
15:15 - 15:30 Air Display Red Devils Aerobatic Display
16:30 - 17:00 FORMULA 1 SPRINT (15 Laps or 60 Mins)
17:00 - 17:30 Formula 1 Press Conference
17:30 - 17:50 Formula 1 Historic F1 Cars Demonstration
17:45 - 18:30 Paddock Club Pit Lane Walk
17:50 - 18:20 Paddock Club Track Tour
18:30 - 19:30 F1 Experiences Champions Club Grid Walk & Trophy Photo
Sunday 30th July 2023
08:30 - 09:20 FIA Formula 3 Feature Race (18 Laps or 45 Mins +1 Lap)
10:00 - 11:05 FIA Formula 2 Feature Race (25 Laps or 60 Mins +1 Lap)
11:25 - 11:55 FIA Formula 2 Press Conference
11:45 - 12:20 Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup Race (12 Laps or 30 Mins)
12:25 - 12:45 Formula 1 Historic F1 Cars Demonstration
12:45 - 13:15 Paddock Club Track Tour
12:45 - 13:45 Paddock Club Pit Lane Walk
12:50 - 13:20 Formula 1 Drivers' Parade
14:46 - 14:48 Formula 1 National Anthem
15:00 - 17:00 FORMULA 1 GRAND PRIX (44 LAPS OR 120 MINS)

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Alex Gassman

I‘m Alex. I write F1 and motorsport travel guides based on my experience as racing driver and full-time motorsport nerd. I’ve traveled the world watching F1 and other racing series.

I started oversteer48 with the aim of helping other motorsport fans who are planning on watching some racing themselves.

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Dominika

Hi, do you know if there will be an opportunity to meet the drivers? Sometimes they are invited to chat with the audience or to an interview?

Robin

Do you know which cars will drive at historic demonstration laps?

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