Due to grid penalties for changing the power unit, the qualifying order doesn’t quite match the actual starting grid – as Verstappen, Charles Leclerc, Lando Norris, Esteban Ocon, Zhou Guanyu and Mick Schumacher will all start from the back.
It means Sainz will start ahead of Red Bull’s Sergio Perez and Alpine’s Fernando Alonso after the hour-long qualifying session, which is split into three segments with five cars each knocking out in Q1 and Q2 for Q3’s top-10 shootout.
Starting grid of the Belgian Grand Prix, after the use of penalties:
|cla||no||Driver||Car engine||Time|| Delay
|1||55||Carlos Sainz Jr.||Ferrari||1’44.297||–||–|
|2||11||Sergio Perez||Red Bull||1’44,462||0.165||0.158|
|8||10||Pierre Gasly||AlphaTauri/Red Bull||1’45.827||1,530||1.467|
|9||18||Lance Walk||Aston Martin/Mercedes||1’46.611||2.314||2.219|
|10||5||Sebastian Vettel||Aston Martin/Mercedes||1’46.344||2.047||1.963|
|13||22||Yuki Tsunoda||AlphaTauri/Red Bull||1’46,692||2.395||2.296|
|14||77||Valtteri Bottas||Alfa Romeo/Ferrari||1’47,866||3.569||3.422|
|15||1||Max Verstappen||Red Bull||1.43.665||-0.632||-0.606|
|19||24||Zhou Guanyu||Alfa Romeo/Ferrari||1’46,085||1,788||1,714|
What happened in the Belgian Grand Prix Q1?
After a 25 minute delay due to gate repairs following a crash in the support race, Verstappen set the pace at 1m44.581s, for Sainz at 1m45.050s, 0.469s slower and Perez three tenths back.
At the first hurdle were Sebastian Vettel (Aston Martin), Nicholas Latifi (Williams), Kevin Magnussen (Haas), Yuki Tsunoda (AlphaTauri) and Valtteri Bottas (Alfa Romeo). However, due to grid penalties from drivers in the front, this quintet is all going up for the spots from 10 . to fille on back.
Belgian Grand Prix Q1 results: Verstappen fastest of Sainz
What happened in the Belgian Grand Prix Q2?
Verstappen set the bar at 1m44.723s, 0.071s ahead of Perez and with Sainz in third – who was 0.695s behind. Leclerc put in a nasty lap, complaining about his car’s handling in slow corners and dropping a wheel into the sand as Fagnes approached.
Leclerc ran again at the end of the session, producing 1m44.551s to top the times by 0.172s.
At this point, Daniel Ricciardo (McLaren, starting seventh), Pierre Gasly (AlphaTauri, eighth), Zhou Guanyu (Alfa Romeo), Lance Stroll (Aston Martin, ninth) and Mick Schumacher (Haas) – three of them were eliminated. will move up the grid due to penalties for others, with Zhou and Schumacher heading for the back.
Belgian Grand Prix Q2 results: Leclerc fastest of Verstappen
What happened in the Belgian Grand Prix Q3?
On the opening runs, Verstappen led the way on 1m43.665s from Sainz with 0.632s, with Perez third at 1m44.462s.
Leclerc squandered his new tires on his first run and gave Sainz a drag, so drove a lap longer and could only get 1m44.553s in fourth, 0.888s off the pace.
Verstappen stayed in the pits for the final runs, so Perez didn’t get a tow. Leclerc came out of the pits late to give Sainz a big drag but the lap didn’t work out as he ran wide at Fagnes so he stayed second – but that was enough for pole as Perez didn’t improve either and will start next to him in the front row.
Verstappen’s fastest Q3 time means he is 15 . Starte. Leclerc qualified fourth but will start in 16 . behind Verstappene.
Esteban Ocon (Alpine) was fifth fastest but drops to 17e. Fernando Alonso (Alpine) starts third, ahead of the Mercedes duo of Lewis Hamilton and George Russell. Alex Albon starts fifth for Williams and qualified faster than Lando Norris’ McLaren (which drops to 18.)e).