Belgium Grand Prix: Nico Rosberg edges out Max Verstappen for pole
By: S. Harding, Xiro Xone News August 27, 2016 Updated: 5:22 PM
Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg grabbed his 28th career pole position and edged out Red Bull's Max Verstappen by 0.149s ahead of sunday’s Belgian Grand Prix.
“Especially, this morning we were thinking that we were off the pace a bit. So I was really happy to grab pole today. The Red Bulls were quickest on the long runs on Friday, so we need to be at our best to beat them. The tyres are a big challenge in the heat here this weekend,” said Rosberg.
“As soon as I crossed the line in Q3 on my fastest lap, I could see the fans going really wild so I knew it was a good lap. It’s been already an amazing weekend. To see so many fans around the track and feel their support is incredible and I’ve been enjoying the whole week a lot, so to be second on the grid is fantastic,” said Verstappen.
Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen finished third on the grid just, 0.166s off Rosberg, with teammate Sebastian Vettel 0.198s off in forth.
Fifth went to Red Bull driver Daniel Ricciardo after he ran wide on his final attempt and finished just 0.323s of teammate Verstappen. The Force Indias’ of Sergio Perez and Nico Hulkenberg will start sixth and seventh ahead of Williams Valtteri Bottas.
Jenson Button and Mclaren-Honda showed progress with their newly updated engine and turbo by finishing eighth ahead of tomorrow’s race. Williams Felipe Massa after a small lock up into the first corner in Q3.
Haas F1 driver Romain Grosjean took 11th ahead of Renault’s Kevin Magnussen in 12th, while Grosjean’s teammate Esteban Gutierrez grabbed 13th however, will receive a five-place grid penalty for impeding Pascal Wehrlein in FP3, this will now move Jolyon Palmer to 13th.
Toro Rosso’s Carlos Sainz will start 14th Wehrlein will move up to 15th in the Manor.
Sauber’s Felipe Nasr will start tomorrow’s race ahead of Esteban Ocon, who will start his debut race 18th. Daniil Kvyat continues to struggle in qualifying finishing 19th ahead of Sauber driver Marcus Ericsson, who will take a 10-place grid penalty for using his sixth turbocharger this weekend.
Championship points leader Lewis Hamilton did what he needed to qualify within the regulations, Hamilton will be starting from the back of the grid in Sunday’s race.
“The guys and girls back at Brixworth building the engines and then everyone here who’ve been kitting and fitting them – so a huge thank you to them. To bring a new engine here, take it out after FP1, put another new one in for FP2, then do the same again before FP3 was just an unbelievable job. I have a massive 55 place grid penalty today – but I also now have three new engines in the pool for the season, which is positive,” said Hamilton.