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Hamilton on Pole in Belgium

Lewis Hamilton. 2020 Belgian Grand Prix, Friday. Photo from Mercedes Media Archive

Lewis Hamilton grabbed the pole position for the Belgium Grand Prix with a lap record of 1:41.252 on Spa. Hamilton’s teammate in Mercedes Valtteri Bottas placed second with half a second deficit. Max Verstappen qualified 3rd for Red Bull, ahead of Renault’s Daniel Ricciardo. Alex Albon with Red Bull placed 5th, while Esteban Ocon finished 6th today. Carlos Sainz felt rather comfortable with his McLaren and managed to finish in P7. Racing Points’ Sergio Perez and Lance Stroll qualified 8th and 9th, respectively. Lando Norris struggled to find the right settings of his McLaren, which resulted in P10 for the young British driver.

The second qualifying session went almost as expected. Daniel Kvyat with Alpha Tauri was the first man eliminated in P11, while is teammate Pierre Gasly placed right behind him. Ferrari’s massive problems on SPA were once again confirmed by their poor qualifying performance. Charles Leclerc and Sebastian Vettel finished 13th and 14th, respectively. This extremely disappointing result comes as a big shock to the Scuderia and their fans, having in mind that Leclerc won both the pole and the race in 2019 on this exact track. George Russell finished the session off with P15 for Williams.

The first qualifying session was very stressful for Ferrari as their setup did not seem good enough to take any of the cars out of Q1. Fortunately for Charles and Sebastian, their last attempts were strong, and secured spots in Q2. Kimi Raikkonen with Alfa Romeo placed 16th, ahead of Haas’ Romain Grosjean. Kimi’s teammate Antonio Giovinazzi qualified 18th, followed by Nicholas Latifi for Williams. Although Kevin Magnussen seemed quick enough to bump Leclerc into the elimination zone, the Haas driver made a crucial mistake on his last quick lap attempt, causing yellow flags and putting himself last at P20 for tomorrow.

You can check out the complete session results by clicking on this LINK.

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