MARK WEBBER secured Red Bull’s 12th pole position in 13 races this season with a lap of 1:45.778 (148.114 mph) in Q3. McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton will start the race alongside Webber, having set a time just 0.085 seconds slower. Renault’s Robert Kubica will start the race from third place on the grid.
The rest of the top ten from fourth to tenth are: Vettel (Red Bull), Button (McLaren), Massa (Ferrari), Barrichello – who is celebrating his 300th Grand Prix – (Williams), Sutil (Force India), Hülkenberg (Williams) and Alonso (Ferrari).
Q1 saw rain effect almost all of the drivers as they all went out on track early in order to get a fast lap on the board in the dry. Vitaly Petrov crashed his Renault without setting a time and will start last, and Kamui Kobayashi and Pedro de la Rosa (both Sauber) also crashed and will start 17th and 22nd respectively.
This meant that the Lotus of Heikki Kovalainen and the Virgin of Timo Glock made it into Q2, a great result for both teams, but after qualifying Virgin wouldn’t be smiling at all.
Many drivers have either been given grid penalties or carried them over from the last race, creating a rather unusual grid. Sébastien Buemi (Toro Rosso) has been dropped three places to 16th for blocking Nico Rosberg (Mercedes), who in turn has been bumped five places to 14th for having his gearbox changed. Timo Glock was also given a five-place grid drop for blocking Sakon Yamamoto (HRT) and will start 20th. Michael Schumacher (Mercedes) will start from 21st place after being handed a ten-place grid penalty for his move against Barrichello in Hungary. This all means is that Kovalainen will start the race from 13th on the grid!
Now, if we have a totally dry race I believe that Lewis Hamilton will win this race. The McLaren has better straight-line speed than the Red Bull, and if Hamilton can get a tow from Webber on the run down to Eau Rouge and on the Kemmel Straight, you can bet that he will try to pass Webber going into Les Combes. However, if it rains the race is literally anybodies to win.