Belgium Grand Prix – Qualifying Results

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The undulating Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps produced ripples of equal magnitude in qualifying this afternoon, as constantly changing conditions saw Kimi and Romain clinch P8 / P7 respectively on tomorrow’s grid.

Pos  Driver              Team                   Time            Gap   
 1.  Lewis Hamilton      Mercedes               2m01.012s           
 2.  Sebastian Vettel    Red Bull-Renault       2m01.200s  + 0.188s 
 3.  Mark Webber         Red Bull-Renault       2m01.325s  + 0.313s 
 4.  Nico Rosberg        Mercedes               2m02.251s  + 1.239s 
 5.  Paul di Resta       Force India-Mercedes   2m02.332s  + 1.320s 
 6.  Jenson Button       McLaren-Mercedes       2m03.075s  + 2.063s 
 7.  Romain Grosjean     Lotus-Renault          2m03.081s  + 2.069s 
 8.  Kimi Raikkonen      Lotus-Renault          2m03.390s  + 2.378s 
 9.  Fernando Alonso     Ferrari                2m03.482s  + 2.470s 
10.  Felipe Massa        Ferrari                2m04.059s  + 3.047s
Q2 cut-off time: 1m49.088s                             Gap **
11.  Nico Hulkenberg     Sauber-Ferrari         1m49.088s  + 0.792s  
12.  Adrian Sutil        Force India-Mercedes 	1m49.103s  + 0.807s  
13.  Sergio Perez        McLaren-Mercedes     	1m49.304s  + 1.008s  
14.  Giedo van der Garde Caterham-Renault     	1m52.036s  + 3.740s  
15.  Jules Bianchi       Marussia-Cosworth    	1m52.563s  + 4.267s  
16.  Max Chilton         Marussia-Cosworth    	1m52.762s  + 4.466s  
Q1 cut-off time: 2m02.948s                              Gap *
17.  Pastor Maldonado    Williams-Renault       2m03.072s  + 2.882s  
18.  Jean-Eric Vergne  	 Toro Rosso-Ferrari   	2m03.300s  + 3.110s  
19.  Daniel Ricciardo    Toro Rosso-Ferrari  	2m03.317s  + 3.127s  
20.  Valtteri Bottas   	 Williams-Renault     	2m03.432s  + 3.242s  
21.  Esteban Gutierrez   Sauber-Ferrari         2m04.324s  + 4.134s  
22.  Charles Pic

Lotus Team Quotes:

Kimi Raikkonen – 8th: “When it was dry in the second qualifying session we were fastest, so if it’s dry tomorrow we should be okay for the race; even though we will not start from a great position. The last qualifying session was wet and our car does not give its best in these types of conditions. Any lap which came right at the end of the session would have helped, but if it stayed dry it would have helped more. Tomorrow is another day so we’ll just have to wait and see what happens.”

Romain Grosjean – 7th: “It wasn’t an easy session today with the changing weather and while it’s good to be in the top ten, it wasn’t exactly what we were hoping for. It was a big challenge to know what condition the track was in, to make the right decisions at the right time and to adjust the speed according to the weather. At the end of qualifying you needed to be on the on track at the right time. I’ll work with the engineers later to assess why Kimi was a bit quicker in the dry, where we can improve in the wet, and options in terms of strategy. I’ll give my best in the race tomorrow.”

Alan Permane, Trackside Operations Director: “It was a frustrating session for the team. The weather conditions were difficult, but the same for everyone. We displayed great pace in the dry with Kimi fastest in Q2, but unfortunately the rain returned for the final phase. We tried to get a lap in right at the start on dry tyres, but the rain beat the start of the session so we had to change to intermediates. Seventh and eighth on the grid isn’t where we want to be, but at least we’re in the top ten.

“As we qualified on intermediate tyres we can start a dry race on either dry compound. A dry race would be better for us, but we can’t influence the weather. If it’s a wet race, there are many different permutations and conditions possible so we’ll be fighting for the very best result we can achieve.”


Saturday Final Practice Results
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A productive final practice session saw Kimi and Romain finish the morning with a pair of top 10 placings as a true picture of the weekend’s grid still remains to take shape…

Pos  Driver               Team/Car              Time       Gap      Laps  
 1.  Sebastian Vettel     Red Bull-Renault      1m48.327s             16
 2.  Fernando Alonso      Ferrari               1m48.432s  +0.105s    14
 3.  Mark Webber          Red Bull-Renault      1m48.533s  +0.206s    16
 4.  Jean-Eric Vergne     Toro Rosso-Ferrari    1m48.776s  +0.449s    15
 5.  Felipe Massa         Ferrari               1m48.788s  +0.461s    15
 6.  Jenson Button        McLaren-Mercedes      1m48.882s  +0.555s    13
 7.  Esteban Gutierrez    Sauber-Ferrari        1m48.930s  +0.603s    18
 8.  Romain Grosjean      Lotus-Renault         1m48.967s  +0.640s    14
 9.  Nico Rosberg         Mercedes              1m48.993s  +0.666s    16
10.  Kimi Raikkonen       Lotus-Renault         1m49.008s  +0.681s    17
11.  Daniel Ricciardo     Toro Rosso-Ferrari    1m49.035s  +0.708s    15
12.  Lewis Hamilton       Mercedes              1m49.046s  +0.719s    17
13.  Adrian Sutil         Force India-Mercedes  1m49.122s  +0.795s    15
14.  Valtteri Bottas      Williams-Renault      1m49.177s  +0.850s    15
15.  Paul di Resta        Force India-Mercedes  1m49.226s  +0.899s    14
16.  Sergio Perez         McLaren-Mercedes      1m49.471s  +1.144s    14
17.  Nico Hulkenberg      Sauber-Ferrari        1m49.478s  +1.151s    19
18.  Pastor Maldonado     Williams-Renault      1m50.418s  +2.091s    14
19.  Charles Pic          Caterham-Renault      1m51.416s  +3.089s    15
20.  Giedo van der Garde  Caterham-Renault      1m51.800s  +3.473s    18
21.  Jules Bianchi        Marussia-Cosworth     1m52.221s  +3.894s    17
22.  Max Chilton          Marussia-Cosworth     1m53.507s  +5.180s    18

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