F1: Hamilton Crushes Spa Lap Record In Belgian Qualifying

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Lewis Hamilton after dedicating his Belgium GP Pole to the late Chadwick Boseman. Image sourced from @MercedesAMGF1 via Twitter.

Hamilton Secures Record Breaking Pole Position In Spa.

New Lap Record

Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton claimed a 93rd pole position during qualifying.

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.

Valtteri Bottas was unable to challenge Hamilton through the Belgian forest on Saturday. Image sourced from @MercedesAMGF1 via Twitter.

Bottas:

Small Margins

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.

Red Bull’s Max Verstappen was left frustrated after marginally missing out on the front row. Image sourced from @RedBullRacing via Twitter.

Renault Resurge

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.

Carlos Sainz Jr. bounced back in the McLaren head the head battle, taking seventh place on the grid. Image sourced from @McLarenF1 via Twitter.

Both of whom qualified in eight & ninth as Sergio PΓ©rez 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.”

Ferrari Autunno

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.”

Ferrari’s troubles continue as they fall back from the competition in Spa. Image sourced from @ScuderiaFerrari via Twitter.

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.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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