Hamilton Secures Record Breaking Pole Position In Spa.
New Lap Record
Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton claimed a 93rd pole position during qualifying.
Pole for @LewisHamilton at Spa – and a new track record 🚀
— Formula 1 (@F1) August 29, 2020
The record breaking lap saw the Brit take a sixth career pole around the historic Belgian circuit.
Hamilton:”It’s a really important pole for me. I woke up to the saddest news of Chadwick passing away.”
“It’s been such a heavy year for all of us. It was hard to focus with that hanging on my heart.”
Valtteri Bottas finished in second, following his Mercedes team-mate to the front tow.
Despite the Finn being over half a second off Hamilton on pole.
Behind the ‘Black Arrows’ came the Red Bull of Max Verstappen.
The Dutch native who is celebrating a home GP was third in his RB16, just 0.015’s of a second away from Bottas’ W11.
Renault’s Daniel Riccardo & Esteban Ocon picked up the team’s best qualifying results since their return in 2016.
Finishing in the fourth & sixth positions respectively as Alexander Albon in the sister Red Bull qualified in fifth, splitting the French outfit.
Carlos Sainz Jr.’s McLaren came home in seventh place, marginally ahead of both Racing Points.
Both of whom qualified in eight & ninth as Sergio Pérez led team-mate Lance Stroll.
Sainz’s McLaren team-mate Lando Norris rounded out the top ten after a nearly being knocked out in Q2 by the AlphaTauri’s.
Gasly: “I didn’t nail the last chicane and had a poor exit, I tried to give it a bit more and lost traction which cost me a tenth.”
Scuderia Ferrari suffer yet another horrific result during qualifying. As both Charles Leclerc and Sebastian Vettel were knocked out in Q2.
The prancing horses finishing in thirteenth & fourteenth respectively.
Leclerc: “Better than we expected. Pretty happy with my lap.”
“Unfortunately it doesn’t feel good once you do a good lap and you finish thirteenth but it is life at the moment.”
Considering their performance in the free practice sessions, it came as no shock to Vettel on the team’s poor result.
Vettel: “It’s the true picture – it’s what the car can do. We did a little bit better than yesterday but it’s not a surprise today.”