F1 – Belgian GP – Qualifying
After a long summer break, Formula 1 is back with the second part of this exciting championship. The Belgian Grand Prix will be the next round of this season and the qualifying session at Spa Francorchamps finished a few minutes ago.
Mercedes wouldn’t lose time this second part of the championship and were the first cars to hit the track, but Vettel, who resigned with Ferrari for the next 3 seasons, took the first position but less than half of a tenth. During the final minutes, both Haas made their lap together with a close gap between them, making both a good lap, while McLaren made the same. Chequered flag and Lewis Hamilton finished the session on top with Massa (who will receive a 5 position grid penalty), Kvyat, Stroll, Ericsson and Wehrlein at the knockout zone.
Second round of qualifying and Lewis Hamilton broke the track record with his lap. Kimi was second, Bottas third and Vettel 4th on their first lap. Verstappen, who was in front of his fans, made the 4th best time. Palmer had problems on the pitlane when the FIA asked him to check the car during the session and the mechanics had to push the car back to his garage. McLaren made teamword on their last lap with Vandoorne giving an extra boost to his teammate, but the spaniard didn’t complete the lap complaining that he didn’t had power on his McLaren. Chequered flag and again Lewis Hamilton was the fastest man on track with Alonso, Grosjean, Magnussen, Sainz and Vandoorne (who will receive a 65 grid position penalty).
Final round of qualifying, Hamilton will fight for a new pole position on his 200th Grand Prix but both Ferrari wouldn’t let him get that pole. Palmer couldn’t make a lap breaking his engine on the third sector. Hamilton on his first lap broke again the track record ahead of Raikkonen, Bottas, Vettel and Verstappen.
The cars made their last changes on their setup and prepare for the best lap at Spa Francorchamps. Hamilton improved his time, something impossible to beat by their rivals. Vettel improved also his time, but it was hard to him to catch the time of the british driver.
Lewis Hamilton took the pole position and equals Michael Schumacher with 68 pole positions. Sebastian Vettel and Valtteri Bottas were with them on the first positions. The top 10 was completed with Raikkonen, Verstappen, Ricciardo, Hulkenberg, Perez, Ocon and Palmer.
Tomorrow the race will be long and the rain prediction is quite high. Spa is always special and everythin can happen. Stay tuned to know what will happen.