Belgian GP (2016)

25 Aug - 28 Aug
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Whiting meets Verstappen after warning flag discussion

Charlie Whiting told F1 teams ahead of the Italian GP that Max Verstappen could have received a black-a-white warning flag for his behaviour at Spa, prior to an informal discussion with the Red Bull driver ahead of first practice.

Vettel apologises to Raikkonen for Turn 1 crash at Spa

Sebastian Vettel has apologised to Kimi Raikkonen for their clash at the first corner of the Belgian Grand Prix.

Tech analysis: How Williams and STR try to reverse downward trend

The second half of the season is proving tough for Toro Rosso and Williams, who are doing their best to stop losing ground to its main rivals.

Tech analysis: Sauber brings first big upgrade of season

Thanks to its change of ownership, the Sauber team has finally started to roll new parts for its car, with a big update introduced in the Belgian Grand Prix.

Tech debrief: How downforce levels closed up Belgian GP fight

The fight at the front of the Formula 1 field in Belgium was closer than it had been for some time - perhaps as the result of teams needing to carefully balance out downforce/drag levels.

Opinion: Max Verstappen needs to learn he can’t win every battle

Max Verstappen is starting to sound a lot like Ayrton Senna, as his aggressive driving tactics border on the very limit of what's acceptable.

Verstappen's driving "on the edge", says Horner

Red Bull boss Christian Horner says Max Verstappen was "on the edge" with his driving at the Belgian Grand Prix, and will learn from what happened.

Rosberg tried to ignore Hamilton’s progress in Spa

Nico Rosberg insists that his only focus in Spa was on winning the race – and that he wasn’t concerned about Lewis Hamilton’s recovery from the back row of the grid.

Wolff frustrated by "balloon" tyre situation at Spa

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff says he does not like that tyre pressures and temperatures have become a key factor in Formula 1 races.

Mercedes: Spa not an open goal for Rosberg

Mercedes tech chief Paddy Lowe says it is wrong for people to assume that Nico Rosberg had an easy ride to victory in the Belgian Grand Prix given that Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton started from the back.

Toro Rosso’s problems go beyond the power unit, says Sainz

Carlos Sainz says that his Toro Rosso team’s struggles for performance in recent races go beyond a simple lack of power from its year-old Ferrari engine.

Hamilton wins first Driver of the Day after Spa comeback

Reigning Formula 1 champion Lewis Hamilton has been voted as the 'Driver of the Day' for the Belgian Grand Prix after his charge from 21st on the grid to third.

Analysis: How Hamilton made up 18 places with just four passes

Lewis Hamilton finished the Belgian Grand Prix in a remarkable third place, having started from the back. But it wasn't the charge it appeared to be, as Adam Cooper explains.

Ferrari says it has "turned the page" on recent struggles

Ferrari is convinced that it has 'turned the page' on recent struggles, and is now ready to challenge for podium finishes once again despite missing out on a top-three finish at the Belgian Grand Prix.

Verstappen: Vettel and Raikkonen should be 'ashamed' of themselves

Max Verstappen says that Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen should be 'ashamed' of the way they criticised him after the Belgian Grand Prix, having collided themselves at the first corner of the race.

Hulkenberg says red flag cost him chance of Spa podium

Nico Hulkenberg reckons the early red flag period during the Belgian Grand Prix cost him a shot at his first ever Formula 1 podium finish.

Magnussen confident he will be fit for Monza

Kevin Magnussen is confident that he will be fit to take part in the Italian Grand Prix following his high-speed crash in Belgium.

Belgian GP: Top 10 quotes after race

Double podium for the Silver Arrows in chaotic Belgian Grand Prix

Verstappen approach "refreshing but dangerous" - Wolff

Mercedes motorsport boss Toto Wolff says he is worried Max Verstappen's aggressive defenses may end up causing a big crash one day.

Ricciardo reveals red flag saved podium after wing damage

Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo has revealed that his second-place finish in the Belgian Grand Prix at Spa owed much to him being able to repair his front wing during the red flag for Kevin Magnussen's accident.

Alonso: Seventh at Spa had been “unthinkable” for McLaren

Fernando Alonso says finishing seventh in the Belgian Grand Prix is a result that would have been “unthinkable” for his McLaren team a few races ago.

Vettel blames Verstappen for first-corner crash

Sebastian Vettel thinks Max Verstappen was to blame for the first-corner accident between himself and Ferrari teammate Kimi Raikkonen in the Belgian Grand Prix.

Raikkonen: "Something is not correct" with Verstappen’s driving tactics

Kimi Raikkonen has once again hit out at Formula 1 rival Max Verstappen over the Dutchman's aggressive driving, saying they were fortunate to escape a "big accident".

Verstappen claims Raikkonen radio complaints “ridiculous”

Max Verstappen has shrugged off Kimi Raikkonen’s radio complaints during the Belgian Grand Prix after they clashed three times during the Spa race.

Hamilton "cannot believe" podium finish

Lewis Hamilton admitted he never expected to be able to finish on the podium in the Belgian Grand Prix after having started from the back of the grid.

Belgian GP: Post-race press conference

Nico Rosberg (Mercedes), Daniel Ricciardo (Red Bull Racing), Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes).

Belgian GP: Rosberg dominates action-packed Spa race

Nico Rosberg won the Belgian Grand Prix at Spa-Francorchamps to end Lewis Hamilton’s four-race winning F1 streak.

Pressures, not temperatures to blame for tyre dramas - Smedley

Williams performance chief Rob Smedley says it is the high minimum pressures and not the warm weather that has left teams facing tyre degradation headaches at the Belgian Grand Prix.

Wehrlein: Qualifying gap to Ocon shows Haryanto was "underrated"

Pascal Wehrlein says he is "a bit sad" over former Manor teammate Rio Haryanto not getting the credit he deserved during his stint in Formula 1.

Rosberg wary of Red Bull challenge in race

Nico Rosberg is not underestimating the threat from Red Bull in the Belgian GP after Max Verstappen qualified alongside him on the front row.

Analysis: Max-Mania at Spa as F1 turns orange

Formula 1 hasn't seen anything like this for a long time: the near sell-out crowd at the Belgian Grand Prix has been gripped by Max Verstappen fever.

Williams chases cure to software misfire glitch

Williams is chasing a cure to software issues that hampered its qualifying form for the Belgian Grand Prix.

Wolff: No regrets over Hamilton’s Spa grid penalty decision

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff has no regrets about choosing the Belgian Grand Prix for Lewis Hamilton’s power unit grid penalties – but admits in hindsight that Monza would have been a better option.

Honda confirms Alonso's 60-place penalty

Honda has confirmed that Fernando Alonso will end up with a 60-place grid penalty for the Belgian Grand Prix, following his latest engine change.

Button says drivers doing "crazy" things with tyres

Jenson Button says Formula 1 drivers are having to do 'crazy' things with tyres at this weekend's Belgian Grand Prix to cope with the high pressures.

Tyres will make it tough to reach top 10 - Hamilton

Lewis Hamilton believes that it will be hard to even reach the top 10 in the Belgian Grand Prix starting from the last row of the grid on Sunday.

Ricciardo blames wind change for slow Q3 run

Red Bull Racing's Daniel Ricciardo says a change in wind direction compromised his crucial second run in the pole shootout for the Belgian Grand Prix.

Belgian GP: Top 10 quotes after qualifying

Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg claims pole on Supersoft and will start the race on soft; two and three stop strategies expected tomorrow.

Honda confirms new Alonso engine after qualifying “mistake”

McLaren's Fernando Alonso will take another fresh Honda engine for the Belgian Grand Prix, further adding to the 35-place grid penalty he has already for an earlier change.

Frustrated Gutierrez says "very harsh" penalty not fair

Esteban Gutierrez labelled his grid penalty in the Belgian Grand Prix as "very harsh", and said the stewards were lacking consistency.

Vettel explains Q3 team radio outburst at Spa

Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel has explained his radio rant about his Ferrari’s failure to put its power down effectively at the end of his qualifying lap for the Belgian Grand Prix.

Verstappen "keen" to start on supersofts - Red Bull

Red Bull Racing decided to split the starting tyre strategies of Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo at Spa because the team does not know whether a first stint on the supersoft or soft will be the better choice.

Button says Spa Q2 lap was good as 2012 pole effort

Jenson Button says his lap in Q2 for qualifying for this weekend’s Belgian Grand Prix was as good as his pole-winning effort at Spa four years ago.

Belgian GP: Post-qualifying press conference

Nico Rosberg (Mercedes), Max Verstappen (Red Bull Racing), Kimi Raikkonen (Ferrari).

Hamilton says Spa is “worst time” to take penalties

Lewis Hamilton says that the sudden reduction in Mercedes’ usual pace advantage at the Belgian Grand Prix means that the decision to take his engine penalties at Spa could conspire against him.

Raikkonen says final corner cost him pole

Ferrari driver Kimi Raikkonen believes a slow final corner cost him pole position for the Belgian Grand Prix.

Rosberg: Mercedes "seriously off the pace" before qualifying

Nico Rosberg has expressed his relief at taking pole position for the Belgian Grand Prix, with the usually dominant Mercedes team having been "seriously off the pace" in practice.

Belgian GP: Rosberg sees off Verstappen challenge for Spa pole

Nico Rosberg will start the Belgian Grand Prix from pole position after seeing off the challenge of Red Bull’s Max Verstappen in Q3 at Spa-Francorchamps.

Belgian GP: Raikkonen quickest in FP3, problems for Verstappen

Kimi Raikkonen put Ferrari on top of the times in final practice for the Belgian Grand Prix as Mercedes continued to have a subdued weekend.

Pirelli keeps tyre pressure limits unchanged despite driver complaints

Pirelli has decided to keep the minimum tyre pressures unchanged for the Belgian Grand Prix, despite complaints from drivers.

Belgian GP: Top 10 quotes after FP2

Red Bull driver Max Verstappen sets fastest time of day in FP2 on the Supersoft tires, eclipsing last year’s benchmark at Spa

F1 drivers braced for 'tricky' tyre deg challenge

F1 drivers are in no doubt they face a tricky task keeping tyres alive at the Belgian GP, with high temperatures leaving the supersoft past its best before the end of just one lap.

No issues with Halo visibility at Eau Rouge - Rosberg

Eau Rouge's unique undulation produces 'no problem' in visibility terms for drivers using the Halo, says Nico Rosberg after testing the device on Friday at Spa.

Bite-size tech: Sauber turning vanes and rear wing

As we've already discovered, Sauber has a new aerodynamic package for the Belgian GP. Today we focus on the under nose/chassis turning vanes.

Mercedes spent five tokens for Spa engine upgrade

Mercedes has confirmed that it has spent five engine development tokens on upgrades to its power unit for this weekend's Belgian Grand Prix.

Belgian GP: Friday's press conference

Christian Horner (Red Bull Racing), Claire Williams (Williams), Monisha Kaltenborn (Sauber), Eric Boullier (McLaren), Frederic Vasseur (Renault), Robert Fernley (Force India).

Verstappen says Red Bull "very close" but unsure of Mercedes form

Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo expect Mercedes to fight back on Saturday after Red Bull set the pace in second practice for the Belgian Grand Prix.

Massa labels Spa tyre pressures "a bit of a joke"

Felipe Massa has hit out at the minimum tyre pressure limits used for the Belgian Grand Prix amid a "very difficult" Friday showing for the Williams driver.

Belgian GP: Verstappen leads Red Bull 1-2 in FP2

Max Verstappen set the fastest time in the second practice session for the Belgian Grand Prix at Spa-Francorchamps, to lead a Red Bull Racing 1-2.

FIA confirms Spa track limit policing

The FIA will enforce track limits at the Belgian Grand Prix as rigorously as it has in the past, with drivers set to be punished if they gain an advantage from cutting corners.