F1 Race Schedule 2019: Belgian Grand Prix Start Time, TV Channel, Live Stream and Latest Odds

After an extended summer break, the Formula One season resumes this weekend in Belgium.

Lewis Hamilton arrives at Spa-Francorchamps, one of the cathedrals of motor racing, with a 62-point lead in the drivers' championship over teammate Valtteri Bottas after signing off with a win in Hungary four weeks ago.

Hamilton has gained 31 points over his teammate in the last three races and there is little Bottas, or anyone else for that matter, can do to stop him from winning a sixth world title.

The Finn is level with the Briton on four pole positions but has won just two races to Hamilton's eight and struggled in the final two races before the summer break, crashing out in Germany and colliding with Ferrari's Charles Leclerc on the first lap in Hungary.

However, there was positive news for Bottas this week, with Mercedes announcing he will remain with the team for another year.

"I am very happy and proud to be part of the team for a fourth season and wish to thank every team member and the board of Mercedes for their trust and belief in me," the 30-year-old said in a statement.

"My performances have been getting better and better each year, and this is a great way to kick-start the second half of 2019."

Ferrari, meanwhile, arrives in Belgium still looking for a first win of the season.

After a difficult start to the season. Sebastian Vettel rediscovered some form before the summer break, finishing second in Germany and third in Hungary. The German's return to form comes at a very opportune time as both the Belgian and Italian Grand Prix—which is scheduled for next week—are on the sort of high-speed tracks that favor the Italian team.

Here's all you need to know ahead of Sunday.

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Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain driving the (44) Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team Mercedes W10 on track during practice for the F1 Grand Prix of Belgium at Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps on August 30 in Spa, Belgium. Dan Istitene/Getty

Where and when is the Belgian Grand Prix?

The Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, one of the most historic venues in Formula One history, hosts the race. A classic high-speed circuit where straight-line speed is crucial, the track dives in and out of a forest, making it very picturesque for viewers.

It first hosted the Belgian Grand Prix in 1950 and retained it until 1970, with the exception of 1957, 1959 and 1969 when the race wasn't held.

The Belgian Grand Prix returned to Spa-Francorchamps in 1983 and then again in 1985 where it's been held ever since, bar for 2003 and 2006.

The race is scheduled to start at 3:10 p.m. local time on Sunday, September 1.

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— Formula 1 (@F1) August 29, 2019

TV channel

The Belgian Grand Prix will be broadcast live by ESPN2. Coverage of race day begins at 8:30 a.m. ET on Sunday, with the race scheduled to get underway just over 30 minutes later.

Live stream

The race will also be available on ESPN+ and via WatchESPN.com, while Sling TV, Hulu, YouTube TV and PlayStation Vue will all offer a live stream.


Bookmakers are backing Lewis Hamilton to make it back-to-back wins. According to Oddschecker, the Briton is a 7/4 favorite to win in Belgium, followed by Ferrari duo Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc at 2/1 and 5/2, respectively.

Hamilton's teammate Valtteri Bottas is a 13/2 shot, while Max Verstappen is an 8/1 outsider.