2016 Belgian Grand Prix Qualifying Review

F1 Grand Prix of Belgium - Race

But heading into Qualifying, it would seem that Mercedes are looking like the teams to beat heading into the session that look set to gain Pole Position ahead of the race on Sunday. But Ferrari, McLaren, Ferrari, Toro Rosso or Force India may spring a surprise and throw a spanner into the works based on their early pace and promise within the Practice sessions.

Let the battle for Pole Position begin…

Sebastian Vettel tops the timesheets in Q1. All rights reserved to Sutton Images.

Sebastian Vettel tops the timesheets in Q1. All rights reserved to Sutton Images.

In Q1, we saw Sebastian Vettel topping the timesheets with a lap time of 1.47.802, Kimi Raikkonen was second, Nico Rosberg was third, Nico Hulkenberg was fourth, Sergio Perez was fifth, Max Verstappen was sixth, Daniel Ricciardo was seventh, Valtteri Bottas was eighth, Esteban Gutierrez was ninth and Romain Grosjean rounded off the top ten finshers.

At the end of Q1 we lose Felipe Nasr, Esteban Ocon, Daniil Kvyat Marcus Ericsson, Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso.

Nico Rosberg tops the timesheets in Q2. All rights reserved to Sutton Images.

Nico Rosberg tops the timesheets in Q2. All rights reserved to Sutton Images.

In Q2, we saw Rosnberg topping the timesheets with a lap time of 1.46.999, Verstappen was second, Hulkenberg was third, Perez was fourth, Raikkonen was fifth, Massa was sixth,  Bottas was seventh, Vettel was eighth,  Ricciardo was ninth and Button rounded off the top ten finshers.

At the end of Q2 we lose Romain Grosjean, Kevin Magnussen, Esteban Gutierrez, Jolyon Palmer, Carlos Sainz Jr and Pascal Wehrlein.

Let the battle for Pole Position begin…

Nico Rosberg claims Pole Position for the Belgian GP ahead of Max Verstappen in second place and Kimi Raikkonen in third place.

Nico Rosberg claims Pole Position for the Belgian GP ahead of Max Verstappen in second place and Kimi Raikkonen in third place.

At the end of Q3, Rosberg took Pole Position for the Belgian GP, with a lap time of 1.46.744. Verstappen finished in second place 0.149 seconds behind Rosberg. Verstappen’s front row appearance will be the first of his career and he will break another record to become the youngest driver to start a race on the front row at 18 years, 10 months and 30 days old.

Raikkonen finished in third place 0.166 seconds behind Rosberg, Vettel finished in fourth place 0.364 seconds behind Rosberg and Ricciardo was fifth place 0.472 seconds behind Rosberg.

Perez ended the session in sixth place 0.663 seconds behind Rosberg, Hulkenberg finished in seventh place 0.799 seconds behind Rosberg, Bottas finished in eight place 0.868 seconds behind Rosberg, Button finished in ninth place 1.370 seconds behind Rosberg and Massa finished in tenth place.

It would seem that Mercedes genuinely has the pace to challenge for the race win again this weekend despite their form in Qualifying. Both of the Mercedes drivers seem to have the cars underneath them to do this and have been consistent and fast throughout every session so far this weekend; even if Hamilton has a challenge on his hands to get a result this weekend.

You cannot discount Ricciardo, Verstappen or Vettel even to be challenging also for the race win and could also be the dark horses to take the win away from Mercedes (and also Ferrari in Mercedes’ case) that could see gaining some points on their rivals to kick start their Constructors Championship.

Hulkenberg, Perez and Raikkonen could also have a decent race and pick up some much needed points for their respective teams. Will it rain? I do not know. Who will win the Grand Prix on Sunday? I really don’t know.

But let’s see what happens tomorrow on the Spa Francorchamps circuit on race day on Sunday…

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