After a two-week respite, Formula 1 is shifting back into racing gear this Sunday.
F1 drivers have already been through two triple-headers and are about to start a third this week in Belgium, and they're doing it in style with the Belgian Grand Prix at the Spa-Francorchamps Circuit, one F1's very best.
The Formula 1 schedule that started at just 13 races has now ballooned to 17, with Abu Dhabi GP playing the ultimate race, per usual. With those races on the schedule (down from an originally scheduled 22), the F1 season is likely all full up unless FIA manages to squeeze in one or two more races during off weeks.
As it stands, Lewis Hamilton is once again lapping the field with 132 points through five races, five appearances on the podium and four victories on the year. Max Verstappen had made things interesting, finishing on the podium in all but the debut race on the year and taking a win ahead of both Mercedes at the 70th Anniversary GP in early August.
In 2019, Charles Leclerc took home the top podium spot with Hamilton and Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas finishing second and third respectively. Leclerc and Team Ferrari haven't exactly had the same results early on this year, with two podiums and 61 constructor points on the season through five races.
Here's what you need to know about the 2020 Belgian Grand Prix:
What channel is the F1 race on today?
- Race: Belgian Grand Prix
- Date: Sunday, Aug. 30
- TV channel: ESPN
- Live stream: Watch ESPN, fuboTV
Either ESPN or ESPN2 will broadcast all 2020 F1 races in the United States using Sky Sports' feed.
All F1 races on ESPN and ESPN2 air commercial-free, and all practice sessions and qualifying air live and in replay across ESPN platforms.
In addition, ESPN Deportes serves as the exclusive Spanish-language home for all 2020 F1 races in the U.S.
What time does the F1 race start today?
- Date: Sunday, Aug. 30
- Start time: 9:10 a.m. ET
The 9:10 a.m. ET start time for Sunday's race means the Belgian Grand Prix will start at 3:10 p.m. local time. ESPN's broadcast starts five minutes earlier at 9:05 a.m, not taking into account the pre-race show.
Because most of the 17 F1 races currently confirmed on the 2020 schedule will take place in Western Europe, expect similar start times for the next couple months.
Below is the complete TV schedule for the weekend's F1 events at the Spanish Grand Prix.
|Friday, Aug. 28||Practice 1||5 a.m. ET||ESPN2|
|Friday, Aug. 28||Practice 2||9 a.m. ET||ESPN2|
|Saturday, Aug. 29||Practice 3||6 a.m. ET||ESPN|
|Saturday, Aug. 29||Qualifying||9 a.m. ET||ESPN|
|Sunday, Aug. 30||Pre-race show||8 a.m. ET||ESPN|
|Sunday, Aug. 30||Race||9:10 a.m. ET||ESPN|
Please note, these are start of the event times. ESPN's brodcasting schedule begins five minutes earlier.
Formula 1 live stream for Spanish Grand Prix
For those who don't have a cable or satellite subscription, there are four major OTT TV streaming options that carry ESPN — fuboTV, Sling, Hulu, YouTubeTV and AT&T Now. Of the four, Hulu and YouTubeTV offer free trial options.
Below are links to each.
For those who do have a cable or satellite subscription but are not in front of a TV, Formula 1 races in 2020 can be streamed live via phones, tablets and other devices on the ESPN app with authentication.
Formula 1 schedule 2020
F1 in July released an update to what is now a 17-race schedule that runs through at least the end of October, though the organization hopes run to a total of 15-18 races before the season ends in December.
"We currently expect the opening races to be closed events, but hope fans will be able to join our events again when it is safe to do so," F1 said in June. "The health and safety of all involved will continue to be priority number one, with Formula 1 and the FIA having a robust and detailed plan to ensure our races maintain the highest level of safety with strict procedures in place."
Below is the current confirmed Formula 1 schedule for 2020.
|Date||Race||Course||Start time||TV channel||Winner|
|July 5||Austrian Grand Prix||Red Bull Ring||9:10 a.m.||ESPN||Valtteri Boltas|
|July 12||Styrian Grand Prix||Red Bull Ring||9:10 a.m.||ESPN||Lewis Hamilton|
|July 19||Hungarian Grand Prix||Hungaroring||9:10 a.m.||ESPN||Lewis Hamilton|
|Aug. 2||British Grand Prix||Silverstone||9:10 a.m.||ESPN||Lewis Hamilton|
|Aug. 9||70th Anniversary Grand Prix||Silverstone||9:10 a.m.||ESPN||Max Verstappen|
|Aug. 16||Spanish Grand Prix||Circuit de Catalunya||9:10 a.m.||ESPN||Lewis Hamilton|
|Aug. 30||Belgian Grand Prix||Spa-Francorchamps||9:10 a.m.||ESPN||TBD|
|Sept. 6||Italian Grand Prix||Monza||9:10 a.m.||ESPN||TBD|
|Sept. 13||Tuscan Ferrari 1000 Grand Prix||Mugello||9:10 a.m.||ESPN||TBD|
|Sept. 27||Russian Grand Prix||Sochi Autodrom||7:10 a.m.||ESPN||TBD|
|Oct. 11||Eifel Grand Prix||Nurburgring||8:10 a.m.||ESPN||TBD|
|Oct. 25||Portuguese Grand Prix||Algarve International Circuit||9:10 a.m.||ESPN||TBD|
|Nov. 1||Emilia Romagna Grand Prix||Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari||9:10 a.m.||ESPN||TBD|
|Nov. 13||Turkish Grand Prix||Istanbul Park Circuit||TBD||TBD||TBD|
|Nov. 29||Bahrain Grand Prix||Bahrain International Circuit||TBD||TBD||TBD|
|Dec. 6||Sakhir Grand Prix||Bahrain International Circuit||TBD||TBD||TBD|
|Dec. 13||Abu Dhabi Grand Prix||Yas Marina Circuit||TBD||TBD||TBD|
SN's Tadd Haislop contributed to this story.