Hamilton takes 68th pole to go joint first in all times list

Lewis Hamilton has taken his 68th pole position for his 200th race at the Belgium Grand Prix to match Michael Schumacher in the all times list

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There wasn’t much to talk about in Q1, apart from Raikkonen suffering some lateral vibration in his tyres.

With Vandoorne set for a 65 place grid penalty, Mclaren decided to implement some team work with Vandoorne giving Alonso a slipstream a couple of times. They both managed to get into Q2 however with Vandoorne going 10th at the end of the session.

Williams had a horrible time with Stroll failing to set a fast enough time before time ran out and Massa being knocked out by Sainz near the end.

Out was Massa, Kvyat, Stroll, Ericsson and Wehrlein.

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Hamilton went fastest initially in Q2 after running wide on his first lap with a 1:43.539. Bottas, Raikkonen, Vettel and Verstappen followed all within 6 tenths.

Vandoorne boxed after one installation lap and only went out again to repeat his Q1 slipstreaming for Alonso.

His teammate Alonso put in a solid lap to 10th fastest after the initial runs with Hulkenberg, Magnussen, Grosjean and Sainz following.

Palmer had issues after being called to the weigh bridge when he couldn’t get away due to a clutch problem.

Hamilton broke the 1:43’s on the second runs to break the lap record.

Mclaren’s slipstreaming technique didn’t work out as he lost power at the end of the lap and had to abort.

Hulkenberg then improved to push Alonso out of the top 10.

Palmer also managed to improve to go 7th at the end of Q2.

Alonso, Grosjean, Magnussen, Sainz and Vandoorne all out in Q2.

Hamilton was first out in Q3 as he looked to take his 68th pole and match Schumacher. But he also complained of the radio of having vibrations on the tyres.

After beating his teammate in Q2 and looking like a new man Palmer pulled to the side with smoke pouring out the back of his Renault.

Raikkonen went fastest first with Hamilton overtaking him seconds later.

Vettel then came through and failed to beat the 2 with Bottas going third ahead of Vettel. Verstappen and Ricciardo were 5th and 6th.

Verstappen then came on the radio to tell of oil on the track likely caused by the stricken Renault of Palmer.

Hamilton was again first out for the final runs and after problems with tyre temp readings, he set a 1:42.553 as Raikkonen’s vibration problems returned.

Bottas followed and was 5 tenths behind.

Verstappen then improved to 4th as Vettel came through to take second, meanwhile, Ricciardo failed to improve.

But with penalties all over the place in Spa, the grid could look very different.

 

Final results are as follows

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