F1 Belgian Grand Prix

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Charles Leclerc thrashed Ferrari team-mate Sebastian Vettel to claim pole position for the Belgian Grand Prix.

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Leclerc beat Vettel to the front slot of the grid by a mighty 0.748 seconds as Ferrari locked out the front row.

Lewis Hamilton finished third, just 0.015secs adrift of Vettel, with Valtteri Bottas fourth in the sister Mercedes. Red Bull’s Max Verstappen finished fifth.

The world of motorsport is in mourning following the tragic death of F2 driver Anthoine Hubert during a crash at Spa-Francorchamps on Saturday.

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Full update on Correa
Sauber Junior Team by Charouz posted this update on Juan Manuel Correa this morning… 

Sauber Junior Team by Charouz driver, Juan Manuel Correa, remains in a stable condition at the CHU Liège hospital following yesterday’s FIA Formula 2 Championship Feature Race accident at Spa-Francorchamps.

The American suffered fractures to both of his legs and a minor spinal injury in the incident and was airlifted to hospital where he underwent surgery last night.

He is currently resting in Intensive Care and his parents are with him. We are continuing to support them at this tragic time.

The team sincerely thanks the Spa-Francorchamps marshals and safety teams for their speedy response and care at the accident scene yesterday.

Our thoughts remain with the family and friends of Anthoine Hubert, as well as our colleagues at the Arden team.

There is no doubt the motorsport family lost one of its brightest and most popular young talents yesterday.

 

Formula One honours Hubert
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The official F1 Twitter account posted this poignant message a little earlier on today…
Today we race. We do so with the heaviest of hearts, and we carry the memory of Anthoine throughout.
Just like it was for Anthoine, racing is our passion and our dream. It defines us.
So today we race for Anthoine. And today, and always, we honour him.

In case you missed qualifying yesterday, here’s a detailed recap…
Leclerc beats Vettel to pole as Ferrari lock out front row in Belgium
Charles Leclerc thrashed Ferrari team-mate Sebastian Vettel to claim pole position for the Belgian Grand Prix.

Leclerc beat Vettel to the front slot of the grid by a mighty 0.748 seconds as Ferrari locked out the front row.

Lewis Hamilton finished third, just 0.015secs adrift of Vettel, with Valtteri Bottas fourth in the sister Mercedes. Red Bull’s Max Verstappen finished fifth.

Hamilton’s hopes of participating in qualifying hung in the balance for two hours after he crashed out of final practice.

The world champion lost control of his Mercedes through the right-handed turn 12 and slammed into the barriers.

Hamilton emerged unscathed from his cockpit, but the Briton sustained extensive damage to the front of his car.

As qualifying started, Hamilton’s mechanics were still working on fixing his machine when they were handed a lifeline after Robert Kubica’s caught on fire following an eye-catching engine failure.

The session was suspended for 10 minutes, affording Hamilton’s crew the additional time to complete their repairs. Hamilton left his garage when Kubica’s Williams was removed from danger before safely booking his spot in the second phase of qualifying. Drama over.

Hamilton was in a class of one before the sport’s summer break, winning eight of the 12 rounds, and establishing a commanding lead of 62 points over Mercedes team-mate Bottas.

But the resumption of his campaign has not been straightforward. On Friday, he suffered a throttle pedal failure before his uncharacteristic accident on Saturday morning. For much of the weekend, he has not been able to match Bottas either, but the Englishman found the pace required to beat the Finn and put his Mercedes in a position to threaten Ferrari.

“Final practice was terrible for me because you know how hard the guys work to build those parts and how hard they work to put the car back together,” he said.

“My guys are faultless and I tried to pay them back with a good qualifying session. I am grateful I am third. I am going to give it everything tomorrow and hopefully give these guys a good race.”

The Scuderia have not won this year, but their car works well at the high-speed Spa-Francorchamps track and the Italians will now be firm favourites to take the chequered flag on Sunday.

It has been 12 months since Vettel last tasted victory, dominating at this venue a year ago. But the four-time world champion will have to usurp his team-mate for a much-needed win.

Leclerc has impressed this weekend and, after an engine failure denied him victory in Bahrain, before Verstappen’s fine fightback drive in Austria prevented him from winning in June, the Monegasque will be hoping it is third time lucky as he bids to open his grand prix account.

McLaren have enjoyed a resurgence this season, but the British team have not been up to scratch in Spa.

Lando Norris finished 12th, while his team-mate Carlos Sainz failed to make it out of Q1. The Spaniard qualified 17th.

The London-born Thai Alex Albon will start from the back of the field after he was penalised for a Honda engine upgrade on his Red Bull debut.

 

Formula One will pay tribute to Anthoine Hubert with a minute’s silence before today’s Belgian Grand Prix following the death of the Formula Two driver on Saturday.

Hubert was killed in a crash during a Formula Two race at the Spa-Francorchamps circuit on Saturday.

The minute of silence will be observed at 2:53pm local time (1:53 BST) on the grid before the race gets underway at 2:10pm BST, according to an official schedule.

A video paying tribute to the Frenchman will also be played on screens around the circuit.

The supporting Formula Three series, which shares the same paddock with Formula Two, will also hold a minute’s silence before the start of its second race on Sunday.

The crash that killed Hubert took place on the second lap of the race on Saturday.

He had already gone off into the barriers when Juan Manuel Correa, unable to avoid the Frenchman, collided with his car at high speed at the exit of the Spa-Francorchamps track’s fast Raidillon corner.

Correa, who suffered fractures to both his legs and a minor spinal injury, has had surgery and is resting in intensive care.

Saturday’s Formula Two race was initially suspended before being abandoned.

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TV channel and live stream information

While Channel 4 viewers tuned in to watch the British Grand Prix on terrestrial TV in July, F1 coverage has now reverted back to subscription-television only for the rest of the season.

Those with a Sky Sports subscription will be able to tune in for every live race in the 2019 campaign. Channel 4 recently downgraded their rights package which means they can only show highlights of qualifying sessions and races.

Sky Sports subscribers can watch the entire race weekend live on the Sky Sports F1 channel.