F1 rain delay: When will Sprint Race start on Saturday in Belgium?

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Here is the latest on the rain delay causing Belgium’s F1 Sprint Shootout to be pushed back.

Saturday’s festivities in Belgium for the last stop on the Formula One circuit before the summer break is being held up by rain. The parade, quite literally, is being rained on.

Originally scheduled for 4:30 p.m. local time, the Sprint Shootout was pushed back by a half hour to 5:00 p.m. because of delays earlier in the day to Sprint Qualifying and codified standards on how soon after qualifying ended racing can begin.

Now, though, the race is held up due to more rain rather than a technicality.

What time is F1 Sprint Race starting on Saturday?

Last updated at 5:22 p.m. local race time.

The Sprint Shootout in Belgium is currently delayed due to rain after first being delayed due to a mandatory 4.5-hour gap between Sprint Qualifying and the Sprint Shootout itself. At this time, we do not know when the race will begin.

As of this writing, drivers are in cars waiting for the go-ahead to get going. Radio chatter indicated the rain was expected to stop around 5:20 and then start shortly after behind a safety car.

A later announcement from the FIA indicated the race would start at 5:35 p.m. local time.

We will keep updated with the latest info.

F1 starting grid Sunday

Here is how the starting grid will line up on Sunday afternoon for the Grand Prix. Mind you, this is not the starting grid for the Sprint Shootout .

  1. Charles Leclerc
  2. Sergio Perez
  3. Lewis Hamilton
  4. Carlos Sainz
  5. Oscar Piastrio
  6. Max Verstappen
  7. Lando Norris
  8. George Russell
  9. Fernando Alonso
  10. Lance Stroll
  11. Yuki Tsunoda
  12. Pierre Gasly
  13. Valtteri Bottas
  14. Esteban Ocon
  15. Alexander Albon
  16. Kevin Magnussen
  17. Zhou Guanyu
  18. Logan Sargeant
  19. Daniel Ricciardo
  20. Nico Hulkenberg

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