Belgian GP: Hamilton takes dominant F1 pole in Spa, Ferrari flounder

Lewis Hamilton took a crushing pole position in Spa for the Belgian Grand Prix, setting a new all time track record in the process.

Hamilton was half a second up the road on his nearest challenger, his teammate Valtteri Bottas who could not elevate to Hamilton’s level all through qualifying.

Hamilton dedicated his pole position to Black Panther actor Chadwick Boseman who sadly passed away this weekend after a long battle with colon cancer.

Bottas was only fractionally faster than Red Bull’s Max Verstappen in third.

Verstappen came incredibly close to the front row which was a mega effort for the young Dutchman who is the only driver to beat the Mercedes this year.

Daniel Ricciardo put in a monster lap at the start of the session to put his Renault in third and was only bested by Verstappen at the end.

The low drag capabilities of the Renault were proving to be working after some good free practice performances.

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Daniel Ricciardo will start 4th with a very low drag Renault and a long run down the Kemmel Straight © Renault Sport F1

Alex Albon was fifth in one of his best starting positions of the year and will start alongside Esteban Ocon.

Carlos Sainz is seventh ahead of both Racing Points of Sergio Perez and Lance Stroll who were expected to perform well but couldn’t quite fight for the top positions.

Lando Norris rounded out the top 10.

11th position went to Daniil Kvyat who outqualified Pierre Gasly for the first time this season putting the lap in when it mattered as both AlphaTauris are lying astern on the sixth row.

Row seven featured a Ferrari lockout who struggled to get out of Q1, let alone Q2.

Charles Leclerc was ahead of his teammate Sebastian Vettel.

Ferrari were the story of qualifying having taken pole position at the past two Belgian Grands Prix with many predicting they wouldn’t get out of Q1.

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Sebastian Vettel was outqualified once again by Charles Leclerc @Scuderia Ferrari Press Office

George Russell pulled in a mega Q1 lap to get through to Q2 but could not improve and will start 15th. The last of the Q2 qualifiers.

Out in Q1 were both Alfa Romeo’s, Haas cars and Nicholas Latifi.

Kimi Raikkonen led Romain Grosjean and Antonio Giovinazzi. Latifi and Kevin Magnussen round out the final row.

Magnussen flew off the track at Stavelot on his final flying lap which ruined any chance of his improvement and would have impacted those cars behind him due to yellow flags.

Position Driver Team Time
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1.41.252
2 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1.41.763
3 Max Verstappen Red Bull 1.41.778
4 Daniel Ricciardo Renault 1.42.061
5 Alex Albon Red Bull 1.42.264
6 Esteban Ocon Renault 1.42.396
7 Carlos Sainz McLaren 1.42.438
8 Sergio Perez Racing Point 1.42.532
9 Lance Stroll Racing Point 1.42.603
10 Lando Norris McLaren 1.42.657
11 Daniil Kvyat AlphaTauri 1.42.730
12 Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri 1.42.745
13 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1.42.996
14 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1.43.262
15 George Russell Williams 1.43.468
16 Kimi Raikkonen Alfa Romeo 1.43.743
17 Romain Grosjean Haas 1.43.838
18 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo 1.43.950
19 Nicholas Latifi Williams 1.44.138
20 Kevin Magnussen Haas 1.44.314