Lewis Hamilton has claimed his 48th pole position at the Spa Francorchamps circuit in Belgium for the 2015 Belgian Grand Prix.
The 2014 champion has only won once at the legendary circuit which tops many fans list as their favorite. He handedly beat his teammate to pole and Nico Rosberg, having never won at Spa, is hoping the new start procedure will catch Hamilton off guard on Sunday.
Perhaps the Mercedes dominance isn’t difficult to believe with the works team on the front row followed by Force India and Williams but the real head-scratcher is the resurgence of Renault-powered cars of Red Bull and Lotus who both outperformed Ferrari.
Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen failed to start Q3 with a mechanical issue stopping his car on track during the Q2 session while Sebastian Vettel couldn’t manage better than 9th (pre-Grosjean adjusted due to penalty) and that spells a very difficult weekend for the Italian team.
The length of Spa has a way of compounding and exposing weaknesses and it was clear that Mercedes were the team to beat but not many thought Renault-powered cars would take the fight to Ferrari and so far, win. It is, however, a theme this year with Ferrari not doing well at power circuits.
|5||Sergio Perez||Force India/Mercedes||1m48.599s||1.402s|
|6||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull/Renault||1m48.639s||1.442s|
|10||Carlos Sainz||Toro Rosso/Renault||1m49.771s||2.574s|
|11||Nico Hulkenberg||Force India/Mercedes||1m49.121s||–|
|12||Daniil Kvyat||Red Bull/Renault||1m49.228s||–|
|18||Max Verstappen||Toro Rosso/Renault||–||–|