The Belgian Grand Prix was predicted to be a Mercedes-favoring affair as many expected the power unit in the back of their car to be the favorite and this is, after all, the longest circuit on the calendar and very reliant on power.
The practice sessions see-sawed between Ferrari and Mercedes with Lewis Hamilton looking very quick but the Ferrari’s not far off the mark. As the drivers headed into the final session and the final runs in Q3, there was two minutes to play and it was just three tenths of a second between Hamilton and Kimi Raikkonen.
Kimi aborted his final lap due to vibrations but Lewis improved his with a pole-winning lap and equaled Michael Schumacher for all-time pole positions in the process. He turned the fastest lap eve on the famous Spa Francorchamps circuit as well.
Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel managed a nice lap slotting between the Mercedes of Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas for second. Ross Brawn delivered a personal message from the Schumacher family and clearly that brought tears to his eyes having achieved such a great record.
The magic moment was a highlight but it overshadowed what could be an interesting race given Ferrari’s race pace and just two tenths separating first and second. If Ferrari doesn’t find the race pace, two tenths adds up over such a long lap so Ferrari will have to dig deep on Sunday.