Sebastian Vettel
Sebastian Vettel will hope to continue his winning form at the iconic Spa Francorchamps circuit in Belgium AFP

The F1 juggernaut arrives at the iconic Spa Francorchamps circuit for the start of the second half of the 2015 F1 World Championship following a month-long summer break.

Mercedes will be keen to get back to winning ways after missing out on the podium for the first time this season at the Hungarian Grand Prix last time around, as Ferrari recorded their second win of the season.

Moreover, Red Bull Racing will be hoping to continue their good form from the previous race at Hungaroring, while William will want to get back to competing with Ferrari for the tag of "best of the rest".

The new rules for the start procedure will come into effect at the Belgian Grand Prix, which could see a few surprises off the line come Sunday's race.

Where to watch live

The first practice session of the Belgian Grand Prix starts at 9am BST, with Sky Sports F1 and Sky Sports F1 HD providing live coverage in the UK.

Real-time internet updates are available on the Live Timing section of the sport's official website.

Live coverage of the second practice session starts at 1pm BST.

Track Facts

  • Circuit name: Spa Francorchamps, Belgium
  • First F1 Race: 1950
  • Circuit length: 7.004km
  • Number of laps: 44
  • Race distance: 308.052km
  • Lap record: 1.47'263 (S Vettel – 2013)
  • Most wins: M Schumacher (6)
  • 2014 winner: Daniel Ricciardo (Red Bull Racing)
  • 2014 pole: Nico Rosberg (Mercedes)

Drivers Championship review

Lewis Hamilton (202 points) managed to increase the gap on teammate Nico Rosberg (181 points) to 21 points despite both drivers failing to make the podium at the Hungarian Grand Prix. It was the Briton's fifth-place finish compared to the German's eighth-place that gave him the advantage.

Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel (160 points) is 84 points ahead of his teammate Kimi Raikkonen (76 points), who has lost his fourth place in the championship to Williams' Valtteri Bottas (77 points). But the four-time World champion has closed the gap at the top and is now just 20 points behind Rosberg in second and 42 behind Hamilton in the lead of the championship.

Felipe Massa (74 points) is not too far away from the battle for fourth place and is only three points behind his teammate. Red Bull drivers Daniel Ricciardo (51 points) and Daniil Kvyat (45 points) are in seventh and eighth place, respectively. But their double podium finish at the Hungaroring has put them in contention to battle the Williams' and the Ferrari of Raikkonen.

Force India's Nico Hulkenburg (24 points) has taken over ninth place after a tremendous drive in Austria with Romain Grosjean (17 points) rounding out the top 10.

Constructors Championship review

Ferrari (236 points) have decreased the gap to Mercedes (383 points) at the top of the table following Sebastian Vettel's win at the Hungarian Grand Prix, but it was a minimal drop in the gap, which is now 147 points which was 160 points previously.

Ferrari's lead over third place Williams (151 points) has increased to 85 points. Red Bull (96 points) are fourth after a double podium finish for their drivers. Force India (39 points) have moved up to fifth place, with Lotus (35 points) taking over sixth and are closing in on the Vijay Mallya-owned team. Sauber (22) managed just one point, which sees them occupy seventh spot.

McLaren-Honda (17 points), had their best ever haul of points of the season at Hungaroring, with both Jenson Button and Fernando Alonso finishing getting points. They are now just five points away from overtaking Sauber for fifth place.