Nico Rosberg will start from pole position for tomorrow’s Belgian Grand Prix ahead of his team-mate Lewis Hamilton, who was two-tenths off the German’s pace.

The Mercedes pair were utterly dominant at Spa-Francorchamps, finishing a colossal 2.1 seconds ahead of next best finisher Sebastian Vettel.

The entire session was dominated by wet weather conditions, as the circuit known for changeable weather conditions lived up to its reputation, playing havoc with drivers who could hardly manage to stay on track.

The pressure was on Hamilton yet again as he dived into the pits just minutes before the end of Q3, allowing him only one timed lap on a set of new intermediate tyres.

Top 3 Spa

However a mistake a La Source set put a dent in his lap at the first corner, and he was left to play catch-up all the way through the seven-kilometre circuit.

Vettel, who was best of the rest in third, did a remarkable job taking into account the interruptions he experienced on Friday, including missing FP2 altogether.

Fernando Alonso confirmed the pace of the Ferrari, as he finished just seven-hundredths of a second behind Vettel’s Red Bull.

His team-mate Daniel Ricciardo was on track to secure a spot on the third row, although a mistake at Blanchimont where he lost control and ran off the circuit cost him a few tenths and a higher grid position.

Jules Bianchi was a standout of the session making another appearance in Q2, and putting his hand up for a front-running team.

Another exceptional drive was had by F1 debutant André Lotterer in the Caterham. Having spent majority of Q1 outside the 107% time, Lotterer got to grips with the CTO4 and posted a time one second faster than his team-mate Marcus Ericsson.

Pastor Maldonado had yet another session to forget, when he spun at the final chicane on his timed lap. He managed to get one more lap in, however it wasn’t good enough to keep him out of the drop-zone.

Williams also had somewhat of a disappointing session. After a strong final practice where Valtteri Bottas topped the timetable, he could only manage sixth position for tomorrow’s race. His team-mate Felipe Massa didn’t fare any better down in ninth.

2014 Belgian Formula 1 Grand Prix – Qualifying Results:

Driver Team / Entry Time Gap Laps
1. Nico Rosberg Mercedes AMG Petronas F1W05 2:05.591 22
2. Lewis Hamilton Mercedes AMG Petronas F1W05 2:05.819 + 0.228 22
3. Sebastian Vettel Infiniti Red Bull Racing Renault RB10 2:07.717 + 2.126 24
4. Fernando Alonso Scuderia Ferrari F14T 2:07.786 + 2.195 21
5. Daniel Ricciardo Infiniti Red Bull Racing Renault RB10 2:07.911 + 2.320 21
6. Valtteri Bottas Williams Martini Racing Mercedes FW36 2:08.049 + 2.458 23
7. Kevin Magnussen McLaren Mercedes MP4-29 2:08.679 + 3.088 22
8. Kimi Räikkönen Scuderia Ferrari F14T 2:08.780 + 3.189 21
9. Felipe Massa Williams Martini Racing Mercedes FW36 2:09.178 + 3.587 20
10. Jenson Button McLaren Mercedes MP4-29 2:09.776 + 4.185 22
Q3 Cut-Off: 2:09.272 Time Gap* Laps
11. Daniil Kvyat Scuderia Toro Rosso Renault STR9 2:09.337 + 2.728 16
12. Jean-Éric Vergne Scuderia Toro Rosso Renault STR9 2:09.805 + 3.196 13
13. Sergio Pérez Force India Mercedes Mercedes VJM07 2:10.084 + 3.475 16
14. Adrian Sutil Sauber F1 Team Ferrari C33 2:10.238 + 3.629 17
15. Romain Grosjean Lotus F1 Team Renault E22 2:11.087 + 4.487 16
16. Jules Bianchi Marussia F1 Team Ferrari MR03 2:12.470 + 5.861 14
Q2 Cut-Off: 2:11.081 Time Gap** Laps
17. Pastor Maldonado Lotus F1 Team Renault E22 2:11.261 + 4.131 9
18. Nico Hülkenberg Force India Mercedes Mercedes VJM07 2:11.267 + 4.137 8
19. Max Chilton Marussia F1 Team Ferrari MR03 2:12.566 + 5.436 8
20. Esteban Gutiérrez Sauber F1 Team Ferrari C33 2:13.414 + 6.284 4
21. Andre Lotterer Caterham F1 Team Renault CT05 2:13.469 + 6.339 9
22. Marcus Ericsson Caterham F1 Team Renault CT05 2:14.438 + 7.308 9

* Gap to fastest Q2 time of 2:06.609 by Lewis Hamilton

** Gap to fastest Q1 time of 2:07.130 by Nico Rosberg

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