F1 Belgian Grand Prix LIVE: Practice build-up, Hamilton favourite for chequered flag – latest updates

F1 is back from a fortnight break as the season moves on to the challenging Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium.

Charles Leclerc was the winner last year in a pulsating grapple with Mercedes star Lewis Hamilton, while the Brit arrives in terrific form after taking the chequered flag in Spain.

Follow all the latest build-up ahead of the big race on Sunday below…

  • DO IT FOR ANTOINE

    Anthoine Hubert’s fellow racers paid tribute to the Frenchman as they returned to Spa-Francorchamps a year after the 22-year-old lost his life at the Belgian track.

    Hubert was racing in the Formula Two series, a feeder and support category to Formula One, when he suffered fatal injuries in a high-speed crash on the Saturday of the 2019 Belgian Grand Prix.

    His death was the first fatality at a Formula One race weekend since Brazilian triple champion Ayrton Senna and Austrian Roland Ratzenberger were killed at Imola in 1994.

    Compatriot Pierre Gasly, who drives for Formula One team Alpha Tauri and grew up racing Hubert.

    He said: “For me it is just very hard to accept he's not with us anymore.

    “From the age of 13 till I was 18 I spent basically from 7:30 at breakfast in the morning till 10pm in the evening each single day together.”

    Gasly laid flowers at the scene of Huberts accident and will be wearing a special helmet in his honour this weekend.

    All Formula Two cars will also carry a logo the series has created in his memory.

    Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc also grew up racing with Hubert and took his maiden Formula One win in Belgium last year the day after the Frenchman died.

    He said: “For sure it is difficult and will be difficult tomorrow having that in mind.

    “But that doesn’t change my target for the weekend which is to do the best I can in the car.”

    Hubert, a member of Formula One team Renaults young driver programme, suffered his accident at the Spa tracks fast Raidillon corner.

    His car rebounded off the barriers before being hit by Ecuadorian-American Juan Manuel Correa.

    Correa, who suffered severe leg injuries in the incident that required several surgeries, made an emotional return to Spa on Thursday.

    Wheelchair-bound but hoping to return to racing next year, he visited the scene of the accident.

    He said in a statement: “Being in Spa this week definitely brings a lot of emotions, some positive and some negative.

    “It is going to be a difficult weekend in that sense, but I am here, mainly as a tribute to Anthoine but also to see old friends, revisit the paddock and to enjoy the overall race weekend.”

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