FRANCORCHAMPS, Belgium – official release — Mercedes photo — Nico Rosberg made the fewest mistakes in a wet qualifying session Saturday at Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, taking the pole for Sunday’s Belgian Grand Prix over Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton.
It is Rosberg’s seventh pole of the year and his first at Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps.
On a wet but drying track Hamilton improved to 2:05.819 on his second run in Q3, but that wasn’t good enough to better Rosberg, who subsequently lowered the bar to 2:05.591 on his final lap.
The Silver Arrows were way ahead of their opposition, led this time by the Red Bull of a rejuvenated Sebastian Vettel, who made up for his problems Friday with a great lap of 2:07.717 which withstood Fernando Alonso’s assault as the Ferrari driver recorded 2:07.786. Daniel Ricciardo in the second Red Bull took fifth on 2:07.911, although all three of them had off-track moments during their efforts.
The Williams duo of Valtteri Bottas and Felipe Massa could only manage sixth and ninth, on 2:08.049s and 2:09.178s respectively. Between them were McLaren’s Kevin Magnussen at 2:08.679 and Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen at 2:08.780, while Jenson Button was 10th in his McLaren on 2m 09.776s.