Rosberg starts on pole alongside Verstappen for Belgian Grand Prix

Nico Rosberg will start on pole position for the 2016 Belgian Grand Prix, alongside homeboy Max Verstappen.

The Red Bull driver showed his pace in the early parts of Q3, when on the Super Soft tyre he was able to put it just within one and a half tenths of a second of the Mercedes. Both tried to improve in the latter stages, but as the track temperatures crept up, it made the lap times harder to achieve on the softer rubber.

Lewis Hamilton will start from the back of the grid tomorrow after incurring a 30-place grid penalty. Mercedes changed elements of his Power Unit, which is the root cause of the grid drop and sets us up for a comeback drive providing the triple world champion does not get caught up in any first-lap incidents.

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Kimi Raikkonen will start alongside his team mate Sebastien Vettel on the second row. The pair were the only ones to improve at the end of the session, demoting Daniel Ricciardo to fifth place.

The two Force India’s start ahead of both Williams drivers, who were suffering with engine software issues, while Jenson Button is the only McLaren in the top ten after Fernando Alonso stopped in the latter parts of Q1 when his Power Unit suffered more issues.

That wasn’t the only story of Q1 however, as Manor showed that they had the pace for Q2 on the Super Soft tyre which Pascal Wehrlein was able to achieve.

Esteban Ocon briefly escaped the drop zone before the two Renault drivers improved along with Button and Bottas towards the end. He did however post a time eight hundredths quicker than Daniil Kvyat, slotting Ocon into 18th.

In the second part of qualifying a number of drivers did their opening laps on the Soft tyre, which is the favoured race tyre for tomorrow. Max Verstappen however did his lap on the Super Soft, which means he will be starting on an alternate strategy which involves pitting earlier.

While the top teams did switch to the Super Soft later on in order to cover off the threat from the mid-field teams from improving, it was Romain Grosjean, Kevin Magnussen, Esteban Gutierrez, Jolyon Palmer, Carlos Sainz and Pascal Wehrlein who all dropped out.


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