F1 Belgian GP Live Updates - final practice and qualifying


By: Jake Boxall-Legge


Hamilton improves on second Q3 run to score 93rd pole position with new track record, 0.5s faster than Bottas
Hamilton, Bottas and Verstappen to start on mediums
Racing Point get through to Q3 on softs after missing the cut with first run on mediums
Kvyat outqualifies Gasly for the first time in 2020 but both miss Q3 along with Ferraris of Leclerc and Vettel and Russell's Williams
Raikkonen, Grosjean, Giovinazzi, Latifi, Magnussen eliminated in Q1
Status: Stopped
10:28 With time to digest qualifying, we will say goodbye for today but be sure to check back tomorrow for the main event - the 2020 Belgian GP. The race starts at 2:10pm BST with build-up and chat aplenty ahead of lights out. It'll be fun, trust us!
10:16 So, another F1 qualifying results in another Hamilton pole position and another Mercedes 1-2. Perhaps no major shocks but the reality of Ferrari being well off the pace of the top 10 is no more startling to see.
10:12 Verstappen: "I think for us it has been a very positive weekend so far, we came here knowing it would be really tricky for us so to be P3, still half a second off Lewis, but I am still pretty happy with that."
10:11 Bottas: "We got the car right but in the first run I had a bit of a lock-up so lost time there. The second run actually felt pretty good overall so I don't really know about the gap. But I am not really bothered as I know second place is good here and it should be an interesting run to Turn 5."
10:09 Hamilton: “Today was a very, very clean session and the end of the lap was getting better and better, we did a lot in the background. Today is a really important pole for me because I woke up to the saddest news of Chadwick [Boseman] passing away. It has been such a heavy year for all of us, so it rocked me. I wanted to go out there and drive to perfection because of what he has done for our people and how he has shown young kids what is possible.”
10:07 That is Hamilton's 93rd F1 pole position and fifth of the 2020 F1 season.
10:04 Albon slots into P5 for Red Bull with Ocon P6 and Sainz P7. Perez beats Racing Point team-mate Stroll for P8 with Norris completing the top 10.
10:02 Verstappen displaces Ricciardo to take third place for Red Bull, with the Australian driver having to settle for fourth after aborting his final lap.
10:01 Hamilton duly delivers with another new track record of 1m41.252s to take pole position. Bottas is second over half a second behind.
10:00 ...Hamilton extends his advantage to almost three-tenths of a second in the second sector as the chequered flag comes out.
09:59 Hamilton is up by almost two-tenths on his Mercedes team-mate through the first sector...
09:58 Rather than swap the running order, Hamilton is sticking with leading the train but this time Bottas is directly behind him. Final laps coming up.
09:57 Not a great opening lap from Norris at the bottom of the top 10 and almost a full second behind Stroll in P9. But luckily for him, and the rest of the Q3 contenders, they all have a second shot at improving.
09:55 An impressive lap from Ricciardo puts him in third place for Renault and only 0.032s off Bottas. Verstappen is P4 with Red Bull team-mate Albon in P5.
09:52 Hamilton puts it on provisional pole position with a 1m41.451s which is a new track record. Bottas slots into second with a 1m42.029s.
09:51 Ricciardo is also on track having missed out on the final runs in Q2. First timed laps coming up.
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