Belgian Grand Prix

Key Topics On the F1 Belgian Grand Prix 2022

Key Topics On the F1 Belgian Grand Prix 2022. It has been nearly three weeks since the Belgian Grand Prix 2022, making it the most coveted event for all race fans. During this time, many new stories were gathered. Additionally, the second half of the 2022 season starts, which raises even more questions. Check out the most outstanding topics that everyone will be talking about at Spa Francorchamps. 

Will Mercedes win any races in 2022?

Especially after their car upgrades at the Spanish Grand Prix, Mercedes is adding speed from race to race. So, we get used to saying “Mercedes is rising”. Their improvements are so slow, that it looks impossible for them to mount any championship bid from their current position. 

They changed the goals, from claiming the championship to winning any race. There are only nine races ahead. Lewis Hamilton is on the way to completing his first ever winless season in Formula 1. 

On the other hand, Mercedes is still competitive. Therefore, Lewis Hamilton and his team mate George Russell are keeping in the top three. That’s close enough. 

However, another significant aspect is the impact of a newly enacted technical directive, which is coming into force on Belgian Grand Prix. From Mercedes’ perspective, Red Bull and Ferrari have the advantage of flexible floors. As it is possible to suggest, the legal change will clamp down on the magic power of the Silver Arrows’ rivals. 

Max Vertstappen or Charles Leclerc?

Scuderia Ferrari started the F1 2022 season very enthusiastically with several victories in a row. Besides. Carlos Sainz and Charles Leclerc made us get used to their pole positions on Saturday. In reality, it hasn’t worked out that way on race day.

Many Formula 1 fans have lost sight of the reasons why Charles Leclerc is losing his advantage of race position so often. Sometimes, it’s about strategy, sometimes it’s too. The team has many issues to deal with. Thus, Charles Leclerc is struggling with the car and moreover with the team, rather than racing against Max Verstappem. Meanwhile Red Bull team has so polish strategy for every race, that there is no help, but to spread the hands.

Charles Leclerc, however, still has a chance to win the championship. But, to be sure, during the summer break the team should have time to determine priorities and clear strategies inside the team.

With an 80 point lead in the championship Max Vertsappen today has a better chance of becoming a second time Formula 1 world champion and of breaking the record of being the youngest two-time world champion. Right now, his main goal is to win the Belgian Grand Prix 2022.

The rush on driver’s market.

Perhaps, that was the main news that shoocked things and people upside down. As soon as Sebastian Vettel announced on his retirements from Formula 1 after 2022 season, the drivers market became to buzzing. But after few days only, Fernando Alonso rushed with his declaim. So, the Spaniard will join to the Aston Martin for several years and happy to suit the green form in 2023 season.

It was like chain reaction, as the it comes the free place in Alpine. In the order with Oscar Piastri, the younger talent would have to sign the contract with Alpine, but the situation hissed like hot oil. While the Alpine is making almost official announcement on Piastri, Oscar is denying the deal, as the period was expired.

So it was like a chain reaction and nothing seemed to stop it. 

However, Oscar Piastri is still two steps away from signing the contract with McLaren. So, Daniel Ricciardo is losing the seat and already heading to the Haas F1 team. Therefore, Mick Schumacher also turns when his chair dances. There are many hot topics for the Belgian Grand Prix 2022, including where Mich Schumacher will go and who will replace Fernando Alonso in Alpine. 

Spa Francorchamps and the prospects for the Belgian Grand Prix.

Spa Francorchamps is the iconic racing track, which was redeveloped in 1979. It is a very dangerous and risky place, with too many dramas and incredible crashes along the way.

Thus in 2019 promising Formula 2 driver Anthoine Hubert died at the age of 22 in a tragic accident at Spa Francorchamps. Following a 160 mph (257 kph) collision with U.S. driver Juan-Manuel Correa’s car at the Raidillon hill.

The W series race at the Belgian Grand Prix brought the minds back into focus in 2021 after six female drivers were involved in a rare collision.

Despite the fact that it is a very dangerous and classical racing circuit, the 7.004km circuit is the longest on the Formula 1 calendar. However, the future prospects for the Belgian Grand Prix remain unclear.

There is a need to keep the classic race tracks, especially ones as iconic as Spa. Who can imagine any racing calendar without a race in Belgium!? Easy answer – no one.
In contrast, the F1 calendar is not a rubber circle and there are still limits on the number of races per year. As soon as South Africa announced its intention to host Formula 1 races, Belgian hopes vanished.

Investing and improving not only Spa Francorchamps, but also the Belgian Grand Prix event is not an easy task. They can’t compete with the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix, for example. So, there is less and less space for the Spa. Negotiations with Africa stopped for a while. Perhaps Belgium will keep its slot on the F1 calendar for the upcoming 2023 season. At least everyone in the paddock is talking about it.

Belgian Grand Prix 2022 schedule (local time)

FRIDAY 26th AUGUST
FIA Formula 3Practice Session10:25 – 11:10
FIA Formula 2Practice Session11:35 – 12:20
FIAF1 Car Presentation12:30 – 13:30
FORMULA 1FIRST PRACTICE SESSION14:00 – 15:00
FIA Formula 3Qualifying Session15:30 – 16:00
FIA Formula 3Press Conference16:30 – 17:00
FORMULA 1SECOND PRACTICE SESSION17:00 – 18:00
FIA Formula 2Qualifying Session18:30 – 19:00
Porsche Mobil 1 SupercupPractice Session19:25 – 20:10
FIA Formula 2Press Conference19:30 – 20:00
SATURDAY 27th AUGUST
FIA Formula 3Sprint Race (15 Laps or 40 Mins +1 Lap)10:35 – 11:20
Formula 1Team Pit Stop Practice11:30 – 12:00
FORMULA 1THIRD PRACTICE SESSION13:00 – 14:00
Porsche Mobil 1 SupercupQualifying Session14:30 – 15:00
FORMULA 1QUALIFYING SESSION16:00 – 17:00
Formula 1AMG 55th Anniversary Demonstration19:00 – 19:20
FIA Formula 2Sprint Race (18 Laps or 45 Mins +1 Lap)18:00 – 18:50
SUNDAY 28th AUGUST
FIA Formula 3Feature Race (18 Laps or 45 Mins +1 Lap)08:50 – 09:40
FIA Formula 2Feature Race (25 Laps or 60 Mins +1 Lap)10:20 – 11:25
Porsche Mobil 1 SupercupRace (12 Laps or 30 Mins)12:05 – 12:40
Formula 1Drivers’ Parade13:00 – 13:30
Promoter ActivityRed Devils Aerobatic Display14:10 – 14:20
Formula 1National Anthem14:44 – 14:46
FORMULA 1GRAND PRIX (44 LAPS OR 120 MINS)15:00 – 17:00
Note – Belgium is 2 hours ahead of UTC. Timetable subject to change.

Sums up 

he Belgian Grand Prix last weekend was a complete and utter absurdity, as it rained all weekend. We waited too long for the rain to stop, but to no avail. The race was so strange, that money was refunded for tickets to F1 fans. This year organizers cannot let their guard down. The future of Belgian Grand Prix depends on it. How will they cope with the challenge? Will Max Verstappen overtake Charles Leclerc to claim another victory again or will both Ferrari and Red Bull be affected by the technological directive change? Surely, we will know.