Nico Rosberg claimed his sixth pole position of the year after edging Max Verstappen by just over a tenth of a second, while his team mate Lewis Hamilton only set the one timed lap in Q1.
Rosberg may have got his 29th pole position, but it was Max Verstappen who stole the show at his home race by qualifying on the front row. It was a great recovery by Red Bull after he suffered a gearbox problem in FP3.
The Force India’s had a great qualifying as both got into the top seven and have the perfect opportunity to keep fighting for fourth in the constructors’ battle.
Kimi Raikkonen had his best qualifying in Spa since 2012 and has shown great form throughout the weekend and out qualified his four-time world champion teammate Sebastian Vettel.
Mercedes focused their full attention on ensuring that Lewis Hamilton’s car would be ‘right’ for the race, after taking a heavy hit of penalties after changing several components in the car. He finished the session second to last and will start at the back of the grid, with a real fighting mission.
Daniil Kvyat came back from the summer break, only to qualify P19 in Spa after a Manor driver. It has been tough roller coaster this season for the young Russian so far.
On his debut qualifying, 19-year-old Manor driver Esteban Ocon failed to out-qualify his teammate Pascal Wehrlein who progressed into Q2 half a second ahead. Ocon has shown good form throughout the weekend so far and the battle between the teammates will continue.
Fernando Alonso in the McLaren ran into even more problems as he stopped out on track at the top of Eau Rouge, after also taking a hefty grid drop for Sunday’s race.
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