Verstappen leads Russell for Belgian GP

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CIRCUIT DE SPA FRANCORCHAMPS, BELGIUM - AUGUST 28: Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB16B during the Belgian GP at Circuit de Spa Francorchamps on Saturday August 28, 2021 in Spa, Belgium. (Photo by Charles Coates / LAT Images)

Qualifying for the Belgian Grand Prix is challenging in the best of times but when you add start-stop rain and a wicked crash from Lando Norris at Eau Rouge, you know it is going to be a difficult day in the office for Formula 1 drivers.

Max Verstappen took pole in very tricky conditions as the rain ebbed and flowed over all three sessions. Mercedes looked as if they may have been caught out during Q2 but quick thinking got the right tires fitted and they made it into Q3.

The real moment of qualifying wasn’t Lewis Hamilton’s P3 result or Max’s P1, it was Geroge Russell’s P2 result in his Williams F1 car. The story began when Williams read the tea leaves correctly in Q1 by using Intermediate tires and they snuck into Q2 with a great performance.

Things got better for them when George made it to Q3 and after a long red flag session after Lando’s crash, the team once again leaned on the Inters and as the track dried out in the last 5 minutes, George was able to nip ahead of Lewis for P2.

A fantastic result for Williams who is a team that is putting together a series of successes to move themselves forward. The team is re-energized with new leadership and owners who are making all the right moves and in the hands of George Russell, the results of all their hard work is paying off.

Belgian GP Qualifying Results:

PosNameCarQ1Q2Q3
1Max VerstappenRed Bull-Honda1m58.717s1m56.559s1m59.765s
2George RussellWilliams-Mercedes1m59.864s1m56.95s2m0.086s
3Lewis HamiltonMercedes1m59.218s1m56.229s2m0.099s
4Daniel RicciardoMcLaren-Mercedes2m01.583s1m57.127s2m0.864s
5Sebastian VettelAston Martin-Mercedes2m0.175s1m56.814s2m0.935s
6Pierre GaslyAlphaTauri-Honda2m0.387s1m56.44s2m01.164s
7Sergio PérezRed Bull-Honda1m59.334s1m56.886s2m02.112s
8Valtteri BottasMercedes1m59.87s1m56.295s2m02.502s
9Esteban OconAlpine-Renault2m01.824s1m57.354s2m03.513s
10Lando NorrisMcLaren-Mercedes1m58.301s1m56.025s
11Charles LeclercFerrari2m0.728s1m57.721s
12Nicholas LatifiWilliams-Mercedes2m0.966s1m58.056s
13Carlos Sainz Jr.Ferrari2m01.184s1m58.137s
14Fernando AlonsoAlpine-Renault2m01.653s1m58.205s
15Lance StrollAston Martin-Mercedes2m01.597s1m58.231s
16Antonio GiovinazziAlfa Romeo-Ferrari2m02.306s
17Yuki TsunodaAlphaTauri-Honda2m02.413s
18Mick SchumacherHaas-Ferrari2m03.973s
19Kimi RäikkönenAlfa Romeo-Ferrari2m04.452s
20Nikita MazepinHaas-Ferrari2m04.939s
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TobyS

Just watch the ‘race’. What are you going to talk about in your podcast?