Belgian GP: Verstappen on pole, Russell takes incredible second

Max Verstappen will start the Belgian GP from pole tomorrow after a crazy qualifying, but George Russell will start an astonishing second.

Heavy rain made for a dramatic qualifying session at Spa, with the drivers having to contend with incredibly tricky conditions.

The beginning of qualifying suffered a delay as the heavy rain made the track too dangerous to head out on.

At the beginning of Q1, only Russell and Nicholas Latifi went out on the intermediate compound, as the rest of the field went with the full wets.

By the end of the first session, it was Antonio Giovinazzi who bowed out of qualifying in 16th ahead of Yuki Tsunoda, the Japanese driver continues to struggle this year.

Mick Schumacher put his Haas in 18th ahead of Kimi Raikkonen and Nikita Mazepin.

The second qualifying brought a shock result which saw both Ferrari’s out of the top-10, with Charles Leclerc 11th and Carlos Sainz 13th.

Latifi ended Q2 12th, Fernando Alonso and Lance Stroll finished 14th and 15th.

The rain began to fall once more just ahead of Q3, throwing a spanner in the works for the remaining drivers.

After both Sebastian Vettel and Lando Norris told their team’s over the radio of the need for a red flag, Norris suffered a big crash going through Raidillon which brought the session to a stop.

The Briton was confirmed as OK but headed to the medical centre for a check-up.

There was a lengthy delay as the clean-up process took place, as well as the conditions continued to worsen.

After a stoppage of just over 40 minutes, Q3 got back underway again with the track drying out.

All drivers headed out on the intermediate tyres as no more rain was forecast for the final moments.

For a brief moment it looked like Russell would be on pole for the Belgian GP before Verstappen’s 1m59.765s lap put the Dutchman on top.

But a 2m00.086s lap from the Williams driver will surely be both the lap of his life and one of the best laps in F1 history.

Lewis Hamilton will start third with Daniel Ricciardo joining the Mercedes on the second row, a solid result for the Australian.

Vettel ended qualifying fifth for Aston Martin ahead of Pierre Gasly and Sergio Perez.

Valtteri Bottas could only manage eighth in qualifying and his race will get no easier as the Finn takes a five-place grid penalty after his Hungarian GP crash.

Esteban Ocon finished as the final driver to set a time in Q3 in ninth position.