Charles Leclerc, Ferrari, Spa-Francorchamps, 2019

2019 Belgian Grand Prix grid

2019 Belgian Grand Prix

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Charles Leclerc took pole position for the Belgian Grand Prix ahead of Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton.

Row 11. Charles Leclerc 1’42.519
Ferrari
2. Sebastian Vettel 1’43.267
Ferrari
Row 23. Lewis Hamilton 1’43.282
Mercedes
4. Valtteri Bottas 1’43.415
Mercedes
Row 35. Max Verstappen 1’43.690
Red Bull
6. Kimi Raikkonen 1’44.557
Alfa Romeo
Row 47. Sergio Perez 1’44.706
Racing Point
8. Kevin Magnussen 1’45.086
Haas
Row 59. Romain Grosjean 1’44.797
Haas
10. Daniel Ricciardo 1’44.257
Renault
Row 611. Lando Norris 1’44.847
McLaren
12. Nico Hulkenberg 1’44.542
Renault
Row 713. Pierre Gasly 1’46.435
Toro Rosso
14. George Russell 1’47.548
Williams
Row 815. Carlos Sainz Jnr 1’46.507
McLaren
16. Lance Stroll 1’45.047
Racing Point
Row 917. Alexander Albon 1’45.799
Red Bull
18. Antonio Giovinazzi No time
Alfa Romeo
Row 1019. Daniil Kvyat 1’46.518
Toro Rosso
20. Robert Kubica No time
Williams

Penalties:

Ricciardo: Five place grid penalty for power unit component change
Hulkenberg: Five place grid penalty for power unit component change
Sainz: Five place and 10-place grid penalties for power unit component change
Stroll: Sent to rear of grid for power unit component change
Albon: Sent to rear of grid for power unit component change
Kvyat: Sent to rear of grid for power unit component change and five-place grid penalty for gearbox change
Giovinazzi: Sent to rear of grid for power unit component change and five-place grid penalty for gearbox change
Kubica: Did not lap within 107% of the fastest time in Q1 but was given permission to start. Five-place penalty for gearbox change and required to start from the pit lane due to power unit component change and set-up change

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33 comments on “2019 Belgian Grand Prix grid”

  1. Don’t worry, Ferrari will one way or another manage to throw away another victory-chance.

    1. @jerejj

      That’s the Ferrari we know and love, outside of the Brawn era.
      I love their team’s passion though when they do win. The only mechanics who actually sing (and dance) to their National anthem. Means a lot to them.

    2. Lewis might still win this one considering how bad Ferrari are at winning
      vettel pulled a gasly

    3. With everyone starting on softs, there is plenty of opportunity to make a mess of strategy. Charles needs to keep his tyres alive – just as Vettel & Hamilton do – if he is to have a good chance of converting P1 quarry into a race win.

      The big surprise for me is Renault. I was convinced that Kimi would grab P6. With two cars at the pointy end, they stand to make a very tidy points haul.

  2. I didn’t watch the quali. What happened to Albon? How come he is so slow?

    1. He was never going to be fast today due to the grid penalty.
      He will be using this weekend to get the feel of the car/team etc.
      Let’s see how he performs tomorrow.

    2. He will be taking an engine penalty – they fit him the new power unit spec – so RBR told him not to even try a second run in Q2.

    3. He has a new PU etc. so will be moved back – since they decided that yesterday, running means those that only found they had to do it today, will be pushing him forward, so that’s why he ran at all, but he didn’t need to go full speed for that, so he only did a banker lap in Q2.

    4. Engine penalty coming. So they didn’t really run hard in q2. He looked ok in q1.

    5. He has to start at the back with penalties, so he was never gonna be pushing too hard

    6. Nothing happened, he just went out for 1 run in Q2 but the plan for him was to always bow out after Q1 because he has to start at the back anyway as he has the spec 4 Honda fitted.

    7. He’s got a new engine, so he had to take a penalty anyway. Red Bull decided not to push him for no reason. They know how to look after their rookies.

    8. Hes got gaslys red bull

  3. WOW! 0.748s quicker than his 4x DWC teammate… And still only 21 and only halfway through his second season in F1…

    This guy is the real deal and the future of F1 and Ferrari. I’m seriously, seriously impressed.

    1. @jeffreyj
      Indeed impressive, but he did get an excellent tow from Verstappen in the final sector.

  4. Top stuff from Renault and fingers crossed for Charles to get his first win.

    Looks like there is a chance of reliability problems as well with quite a few engines going boom!

    1. Crazy how you can see from the times set by the midfield runners that the track got slower in Q3, and Leclerc still beat his Q2 lap by nearly half a second.

      1. Aiii this was supposed to be a standalone comment not a reply to you @nullapax

  5. Leclerc did fantastic, didn’t look like pole was going to be anyone else’s but his. Looking at it, I think Vettel made some mistakes on his last run but some people seem to take too much pleasure at his misfortune sometimes.

  6. The biggest surprise today was 2 burning cars with their engine gone. Renault pleasantly surprised with their speed. And the gap between Leclerc and Vettel is similar to what it was between Verstappen and Gasly. Everything else was more or less as expected. It’s good that tomorrow will be completely different weather, so more drama is possible. This was a good day for F1 fans!

    1. gap between Leclerc and Vettel is similar to what it was between Verstappen and Gasly.

      Yes, however, Vettel actually is a champion so that gap between him and Leclerc actually means something.

    2. Renault pleasantly surprised indeed but did everyone notice that Nico’s car kept blowing smoke out – wondering whether or not we’ll see that one terminal before the race is over.

  7. Have to think that Grosjean being pipped for Q3 by his teammate got the better deal out of that, apart from hurt pride; though I doubt he’d go for mediums (well unless Haas decided to split strategy?!), he does take fresh tyres for the start

  8. Daniel continues to dominate Hulk, great job by Leclerc and Ham also. Albon now gets Gaslys red bull

  9. Does P2 still hold an advantage in the chaotic Spa start?

    1. @faulty maybe this blogpost: lucky and unlucky grid positions at Spa-Francorchamps helps? Even though 4 of the last 5 were won by the pole sitter, 2nd still does carry the advantage of having a great slipstream up to La Source.

  10. Max has issues with the high power engine mode. So he actually had a very bad qualy. He thinks he can take the fight to Mercedes tomorrow. Let’s hope so. And thank god there will be a new power unit for him in Monza

    1. If he can fight Mercedes he can fight for the win as Mercedes race pace is better than Ferraris. Hopefully we see a 5 way fight for the win!

      1. Verstappen is 20/1 to win the race, tempting.

  11. When Lewis needs some extra time to fix his car because he ran it into the wall, Mercedes blow up one of the engines on their Junior team :D

    Love it.

  12. The run down to Les Combes on the first lap is going to be pretty epic.

  13. Nice to see Bottas celebrating his new contract extension with a thoroughly predictable wingman performance as usual.

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