Hamilton beats Vettel to Spa pole in changeable conditions – Qualifying Report

Force India finish third and fourth in tricky qualifying hour

Belgian Grand Prix – Lewis Hamilton once again took advantage of adverse conditions to beat Sebastian Vettel to pole position in tricky conditions at the Belgian Grand Prix qualifying hour.

With rain making an appearance in the third-and-final part of qualifying, Mercedes’ Hamilton was the fastest man on a drying track and took his 78th Formula One pole position by seven tenths over Vettel.

Both Ferrari and Mercedes initially appeared to be caught out by the intensifying rain in Q3, but the stable rain shower meant that both teams were given a chance to make up for lost time.

Raikkonen and Vettel took turns at taking provisional pole position, before Hamilton’s last-gasp flying lap put the championship leader on pole position.

Esteban Ocon and Sergio Perez secured a dream second-row lock-out for Racing Point Force India after profiting from numerous driver being unable to stay out in the drying conditions.

Romain Grosjean gave Haas a fifth-place qualifying result, whilst the second Ferrari of Kimi Raikkonen and the two Red Bulls of Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo were brought back into the pits in the dying moments of Q3.

Kevin Magnussen finished ninth for Haas, ahead of Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas, who will start at the back of the grid regardless due to taking additional power unit components.

To view the full results of the session, click here.

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