By Max Mathews For Mailonline
Updated: 13:27, 30 July 2023
Follow Mail Sport’s live blog for the Belgian Grand Prix, as Charles Leclerc starts on pole with Max Verstappen in sixth on the grid.
Max Mathews Host commentator
Max Verstappen took a pulverising pole for the Belgian Grand Prix after a fiery radio exchange with his race engineer.
The double world champion will, however, start from sixth on Sunday as a result of a gearbox penalty.
Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc was second quickest, a yawning eight-tenths back on a wet-dry track, and Sergio Perez third for Red Bull.
But the afternoon will be best remembered for Verstappen’s ruck with Gianpiero Lambiase, known as GP, at the close of Q2 when the Dutchman had only just squeezed through in 10th place.
Max Verstappen won Friday’s qualifying session at the Belgian Grand Prix in Spa, but will drop to sixth on the grid for Sunday’s race.
Issue for Hulkenberg
Some good and bad news for Haas’ Nico Hulkenberg.
Bad news: He has an ignition coil issue and so will have to start from the pit lane after taking a new power unit.
Good news: They have 35 minutes before the race to fix it and have a bit of leeway to tinker with the car’s setup.
Check out our play-by-play recap below!
Read how Mail Sport’s live blog covered Friday’s qualifying session at the Belgian Grand Prix, as Lewis Hamilton looked to challenge Championship leader Max Verstappen.
Mercedes chief Toto Wolff has revealed that there will be an investigation into the rear wings used by Lewis Hamilton and George Russell during the Belgian Grand Prix qualifying.
Both British drivers used different rear wings during qualifying, with Hamilton deciding on a low-downforce specification wing at a wet Spa.
While Russell opted for a higher-downforce wing, and both are now locked into those requirements.
How will they play out today? We’ll find out soon…
After qualifying the Mercedes Team Principal spoke to Sky Sports F1 and revealed his team will look into how Hamilton and Russell’s cars now differ ahead of the Belgian Grand Prix .
Check out our report from Saturday’s sprint race right here.
For a recap of the action as it happened, check out our piece right here.
JONATHAN McEVOY AT SPA: Max Verstappen won an entertaining sprint race in Belgium, but had to pass rising Australian star Oscar Piastri to maintain his all-conquering run.
Yeah, the sprint shootout was a disaster for Aston on veteran Fernando Alonso’s birthday.
Can things improve on race day today?
We’ll find out in a little less than an hour, with the race set to get underway at 2pm UK time.
Alpine team principal Otmar Szafnauer has ‘parted ways’ with the calamity organisation after 18 months.
The respected American, 58, goes as a farcical game of musical chairs takes place among the company’s management structure. Bruno Famin, the FIA’s former over-zealous Covid lockdown enforcer, takes over as Szafnauer’s interim replacement.
Also leaving is sporting director Alan Permane, who had been with the team for 34 years. He was a whistleblower over the rigged 2008 Singapore Grand Prix, his name recorded in code by the FIA in their investigation as ‘Mr X’.
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JONATHAN MCEVOY: The respected American, 58, goes as a farcical game of musical chairs takes place among the company’s management structure.
Mercedes star Russell spoke out on the issue too!
Sensitivities here are heightened by the death at Spa four weeks ago of 18-year-old Dutch driver Dilano van ‘t Hoff in a Formula Regional European Championship race.
It’s set to be a damp, if not wet day at Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium.
Is it too dangerous to keep racing there? Let’s hear from Mail Sport’s very own Jonathan McEvoy below…
JONATHAN McEVOY AT SPA: Bernie Ecclestone once contemplated turning on sprinklers to enliven the action. Now, here at Spa at least, you wonder whether the modern age is demanding hairdryers.
Good afternoon and welcome to today’s F1 coverage!
Hello and welcome to Mail Sport’s coverage of this afternoon’s Formula One racing.
Hopefully we’ve got a cracker on our hands…
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