The dutch Max Verstappen (Red Bull) took pole position in the 2021 edition of the Belgian Grand Prix de F1, twelfth round of the World Cup, in a session marked by rain and the English accident Lando Norris (McLaren), who cut Q3 with nine minutes to go.
Verstappen, who had dominated in the last free practice, extended his term in Q3, in really difficult conditions due to a rain that did not want to miss qualifying at the circuit of Spa-Francorchamps, where he conquered the ninth pole of his sports career with a timer of 1: 59.765.
“It was a very complex classification; the car was difficult to keep on the track and after that long hiatus, it was not easy to relearn those conditions. We have been first and that is the most important thing. This circuit is incredible, but very difficult in the wet (…) I am happy to have qualified like this after the break, I am very happy to have pole ”, Verstappen said after setting the best time.
The Red Bull driver had to rush to the last breath to snatch the "1" from the English George Russell (Williams), who was finally second by just 32 thousandths. The third place on the grid will correspond to the British Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes), 33 over, in a session where he suffered in the rain, although he is still close to the lead.
The accident of Norris, who lost control of his car on the rise of Eau-Rouge, forced the red flag to appear, which stopped the test immediately. The Briton left under his own power, was examined by the doctors, the track was cleaned and a session that seemed completely distorted was continued.
However, Verstappen was able to achieve that pole in just nine minutes after the storm and the corresponding tire change. He played it in a nice heads up against Russell and won it on a difficult Saturday.
GRAND PRIZE CLASSIFICATION OF BELGIUM 2021
|1||33||RED BULL RACING HONDA||1:58.717||1:56.559||1:59.765||20|
|5||5||ASTON MARTIN MERCEDES||2:00.175||1:56.814||2:00.935||23|
|7||11||RED BULL RACING HONDA||1:59.334||1:56.886||2:02.112||22|
|15||18||ASTON MARTIN MERCEDES||2:01.597||1:58.231||16|
|16||99||ALFA ROMEO RACING FERRARI||2:02.306||9|
|19||7||ALFA ROMEO RACING FERRARI||2:04.452||9|