Leclerc will begin the race in a higher position compared to Sergio Perez (Red Bull) and Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) following the one-hour qualifying session. This session is divided into three parts, where five cars are eliminated in Q1 and Q2 respectively, before the top-10 shootout in Q3.
Since this is a sprint weekend format, these sessions determine the starting positions for Sunday’s race and do not affect the sprint event on Saturday.
Verstappen received a penalty of five grid places due to the acquisition of a fifth gearbox.
Belgian GP qualifying results: Leclerc on pole from Perez
|Cla||Nº||Driver||Car / Engine||Time|| Delay
|2||11||Sergio Pérez||Red Bull/Honda RBPT||1’47.045||0.057||0.053|
|4||55||Carlos Sainz Jr.||Ferrari||1’47.152||0.164||0.153|
|6||1||Max Verstappen||Red Bull/Honda RBPT||1’46.168||-0.820||-0.766|
|9||14||Fernando Alonso||Aston Martin/Mercedes||1’47.843||0.855||0.799|
|10||18||Lance Stroll||Aston Martin/Mercedes||1’48.841||1.853||1.732|
|11||22||Yuki Tsunoda||AlphaTauri/Honda RBPT||1’53.148||6.160||5.758|
|13||77||Valtteri Bottas||Alfa Romeo/Ferrari||1’54.694||7.706||7.203|
|17||24||Zhou Guanyu||Alfa Romeo/Ferrari||2’00.832||13.844||12.940|
|19||3||Daniel Ricciardo||AlphaTauri/Honda RBPT||2’02.159||15.171||14.180|
Can you provide a summary of the events that took place during Q1 of the Belgian GP?
Following a 10-minute wait to permit the elimination of standing water from a saturated track, the session commenced under sunny conditions with all participants utilizing intermediate tires.
Carlos Sainz established the initial speed at a time of 2 minutes and 0.536 seconds after 10 minutes had passed. However, Verstappen surpassed that by achieving a time of 1 minute and 58.932 seconds. As the circumstances became better, Hamilton claimed the first position with a time of 1 minute and 58.841 seconds. Nevertheless, Verstappen quickly reclaimed it by recording a time of 1 minute and 58.515 seconds, only to be outperformed by Leclerc who achieved the fastest time of 1 minute and 58.300 seconds.
Lando Norris from the McLaren team experienced a detour into the gravel trap while exiting Stavelot, but successfully navigated through it.
Alex Albon (Williams), Zhou Guanyu (Alfa Romeo), Logan Sargeant (Williams), Daniel Ricciardo (AlphaTauri, who had a quicker lap time removed for going beyond track boundaries), and Nico Hulkenberg (whose Haas was hindered by a hydraulic issue, causing him to miss his last lap), all stumbled at the first obstacle.
The results of the Q1 session of the Belgian GP Grand Prix show that Leclerc was the fastest driver, followed by Verstappen.
Can you provide a brief summary of the events that occurred during Q2 of the Belgian GP?
Verstappen set the initial pace on intermediate tyres at 1m55.535s before teams switched to slicks for the final runs.
Perez achieved the fastest P1 lap time of 1m55.151s, but it was soon surpassed by George Russell (Mercedes), Norris, Yuki Tsunoda (AlphaTauri), and Oscar Piastri (McLaren) as the track dried up. Verstappen had a close call when he went off track at Turn 9.
Tsunoda, who went from first place to eleventh in a little over 90 seconds, was eliminated. Pierre Gasly (Alpine), Kevin Magnussen (Haas), Valtteri Bottas (Alfa), and Esteban Ocon (Alpine) also crashed into the wall, with Ocon damaging his front wing after sliding off at Jacky Ickx Corner.
Belgian GP Grand Prix Q2 results: Piastri fastest from Sainz
What happened in Belgian GP Q3?
During the initial runs, when the track was sufficiently dry to activate DRS, Leclerc established the leading time at 1m47.931s, which was 0.128s quicker than Verstappen.
In the last attempts, Leclerc achieved a time of 1m476.988s, while Verstappen surpassed everyone with an impressive time of 1m46.168s, beating the competition by 0.82s. However, he will drop to the third row of the grid for the start.
Leclerc will take the lead position, followed by Perez, Hamilton, Sainz, Piastri, Verstappen, Norris, Russell, and the Aston Martins of Fernando Alonso and Lance Stroll.