Hamilton starts from pole in Belgium, Verstappen from place three

Lewis Hamilton will be in pole position at the Spa-Francorchamps circuit on Sunday at the Grand Prix of Belgium. The British Mercedes world champion, who achieved his 93rd pole position, beat his teammate Valtteri Bottas in qualifying by half a second.

Max Verstappen starts from the second row. The Dutchman qualified as number three for the grand prix on his favourite circuit. The Red Bull driver was only a fraction of a second slower than Bottas. By the way, the Finn is on the first row of the grid for the first time in his career on the Belgian circuit.

Mercedes dominated qualifying, but Verstappen remained pretty close to Hamilton and Bottas. He was only 15-thousandth of a second behind Bottas in qualifying. “My energy had just disappeared too soon,” the Dutchman said

Drama Ferrari

For Ferrari, the martyrdom continued on Saturday. After difficult training sessions Charles Leclerc and Sebastian Vettel barely managed to survive the first qualifying session. Vettel finished thirteenth and Leclerc was the last driver to qualify for the second qualifying round.