A fascinating race awaits Formula One fans today with a shaken-up grid set at Spa-Francorchamps after a glut of grid penalties knocked Max Verstappen and Charles Leclerc down the order.
Verstappen was comfortably quickest in qualifying on Saturday but Carlos Sainz starts on pole position with the championship leader 14th and ahead of his F1 title rival, Leclerc, in 15th place. Sainz will have Sergio Perez for company on the front row with Fernando Alonso clocking a surprise third in his Alpine.
Lewis Hamilton and George Russell endured a tough session to start only fourth and fifth, respectively, in what may go down as a huge missed opportunity for Mercedes as they target a first race win of the 2022 campaign. Catching Ferrari in the Constructors’ Championship is still a possibility for the Mercs but Hamilton was despondent on their form ahead of the race. Follow all the action from Belgium below!
Carlos Sainz just telling Sky Sports that he “doesn’t care” if Sergio Perez overtakes him off the line.
“I’m not going to be too disappointed if he goes through because there will still be a long way ahead,” he says.
That long Spa straight out of Eau Rouge will be one major overtaking spot later on…
Out on the track parade in Belgium
Gasly shrugs off Alpine talk
Pierre Gasly has insisted he is not thinking about rumours of a potential move to Alpine, to complete an all-French line-up under the Gallic marque.
“Well, I don’t really have anything to comment for now,” he said after qualifying yesterday.
“You know, I am focused on doing the best job I can this weekend.
“I’ve got a contract and from everything that I know and everybody knows you know we’ve announced me to AlphaTauri driving for AlphaTauri next year.”
In fact, it’s a bit of a landmark day for Gasly…
One of the strangest Formula One qualifying sessions in years produced a pole position for Carlos Sainz in the Belgian Grand Prix.
Max Verstappen was quickest by over half a second in Q3 at Spa-Francorchamps yet will start 14th on the grid as one of several drivers taking engine penalties for the first race back from the summer break.
Sainz put himself on pole as the best of the rest behind the Red Bull despite a scruffy final lap, kicking up gravel as he failed to improve on the time of his first run, although it mattered little as Sergio Perez still finished over a tenth behind.
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A late grid penalty for Yuki Tsunoda changes engine components knocks him into the pit lane for the start.
Anyone who visited Spa last year will be glad to know we are in for a dry race today.
It won’t be the hottest, however, with temperatures knocking towards 20°C at most. Light winds will also prevail with a decent amount of cloud cover.
A welcome reprive for drivers punished in the searing heat of some recent races!
How to watch
TV channel: The race will be shown live on Sky Sports F1 with coverage starting at 12.30pm.
Live stream: Sky Sports subscribers can also tune in online via the Sky Go app.
Free highlights: Channel 4 will be airing full free-to-air race highlights at 6.30pm on Sunday evening.
Live blog: You can keep up to date with the race as it happens right here, with Standard Sport’s live blog!
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To Standard Sport’s coverage of the Belgian Grand Prix!
Carlos Sainz starts on pole with a heavily mixed-up grid that has even featured more grid penalties dished out this morning.
Lights out is at 2pm BST and you can follow all the build-up, track action and reaction via our live blog!