Max Verstappen secured his sixth pole position this season at Spa Francorchamps with a brilliant final lap in the interrupted rainy qualifiers for the Belgian GP, and the fantastic George Russell achieved a second starting place for Williams ahead of Lewis Hamilton.
The qualifiers resumed after a break of nearly an hour due to Norris ’collision at Eau Rouge, and Verstappen secured a pole position in the final seconds ahead of the sensational Russell at Williams. In the final part of the qualifiers, the rain intensified so the drivers used full rain tires and Norris crashed violently in the Eau Rouge and caused the qualifiers to be suspended, 8 minutes and 59 seconds before the end.
McLaren’s driver confirmed on the radio that he was fine and after the collision visited a medical center on the track to perform the necessary test. Verstappen won his sixth pole position this season and ninth in his career with a 0.321-second lead over Russell, who beat Hamilton by 0.013 seconds, and Ricciardo also scored brilliantly for McLaren in fourth place.
Vettel finished fifth for Aston Martin ahead of Gasly in AlphaTauri, and Perez was only seventh for Red Bull, more than two seconds behind teammate Verstappen. Bottas had disappointing qualifiers and finished in eighth place with 2.4 behind Hamilton but will start 13th due to a penalty for the incident at the start of the Hungarian GP.
Ocon placed in Q3 for Alpine, unlike Alonso, and finished ninth fastest, and Norris did not set a time due to an early collision in Q3 and finished tenth. The start of qualifying was delayed by 12 minutes due to too much water on the track, and all drivers except Russell and Latifi in Williams came out on the track on full rain tires.
Russell and Latifi came out on the track at the beginning of the qualifications on intermediate tires, which proved to be a good decision, so their example was soon followed by other drivers. Ferrari was left without a driver in the final leg of qualifying after Leclerc finished 11th fastest, more than three tenths behind the tenth fastest in Q2 Ocon, and Sainz was even slower, 13th fastest, behind Latifi in Williams.
Alonso failed and did not qualify for Q3, unlike his teammate Ocon, and will start from 14th place. Stroll qualified for 15th place for Aston Martin, but due to a five-place penalty due to an incident at the Hungarian Grand Prix, he will start last.
Norris was the fastest in the first half of qualifying with a time of 1: 58.301 ahead of Verstappen, Hamilton and Perez, and Russell was a brilliant fifth fastest for Williams. Giovinazzi was the 16th fastest for Alfa Romeo, which lost both drivers in the first part of the qualifications, just like Haas, and in addition to them, Tsunoda in AlphaTauri dropped out in Q1 and finished 17th fastest. Schumacher managed to beat Raikkonen and teammate Mazepin who was last.