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Summary

  1. Hamilton on pole, Rosberg 2nd, Bottas 3rd
  2. Grosjean 4th, Perez 5th, Ricciardo 6th, Vettel 9th
  3. Raikkonen breaks down, Kvyat out in Q2
  4. Both McLarens, Marussias & Nasr out
  5. Hamilton top in Q1, Rosberg top in Q2

Live Reporting

By Gary Rose

All times stated are UK

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Lewis Hamilton
AP

A good day for Lewis Hamilton as he secures yet another pole position, but he'll know all too well there is still plenty to do.

The reigning world champion has struggled to get off the line in recent races and with new rules about the start of races, everyone is heading into the relative unknown.

Can Nico Rosberg catch Hamilton out? We'll find out tomorrow.

That's it from us, I'll leave you with Andrew Benson's report from Spa and also these excellent video features:

Start to be key?

"The team have done a lot of analysis. All this weekend we have been working on the start so we are as prepared as we can be. We feel relatively good about it and hopefully it provides an exciting start for the fans.

Lewis Hamilton

David Coulthard called it flawless, see for yourself by watching Lewis Hamiltion's lap for pole here.

Lewis Hamilton
BBC

Williams' Valtteri Bottas, who qualified third:  "It is good to be back in the top three in qualifying. 

"We knew after practice that there was so much more we could do if we put everything together. We got the balance finely tuned for qualifying and the car felt really good.

"We knew it would be close, after the Mercedes guys,  and that P3 could be possible. We managed to get everything right."

Top three
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Nico Rosberg, who qualified second: “For sure I'm disappointed. I lost it a bit this morning in free practice but then I got the balance back for qualifying but Lewis was too quick in the end and found quite a lot extra that I didn't have in my pocket.”    

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Lewis Hamilton
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#bbcf1 although it was a great pole by Lewis, its a long way from the start to les combes. Any of the Mercedes engines could challenge him.

Lewis Hamilton
BBC

Lewis Hamilton, who secured pole position: "I am really happy today with the performance of the car and team. They have been doing a fantastic job and the car has been feeling great and it is a circuit where if you can get the right balance it is one of the most fun to drive. It’s a long race and a long run to Turn Five but I am just happy to be here today."

David Coulthard

BBC F1 co-commentator

"Lewis's lap was flawless. Nico tended to have the upper hand on two of the sectors but Lewis learned from that through qualifying. He would have had feedback that he has improved in the middle sector and then not content with that he improved in other areas around the lap. 

"He just doesn't seem flustered in anyway. His hands are so steady on the wheel and he looks so assured. It was an as assured a qualifying lap as we have seen from him this year."

Clear the mantelpiece

Lewis Hamilton
BBC

You know why Lewis Hamilton's smiling? Because he has won the Pole Position Trophy, that's why*. 

Ten pole positions with eight races to go after this weekend. The qualifying king of 2015.

*might not be true

QUALIFYING RESULT

Lewis Hamilton
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1) Hamilton 2 ) Rosberg 3) Bottas 4) Grosjean 5) Perez 6) Ricciardo 7) Massa 8) Maldonado 9) Vettel 10) Sainz

11) Hulkenberg 12) Kvyat 13) Ericsson 14) Raikkonen 15) Verstappen 16) Nasr 17) Button 18) Alonso 19) Steven 20) Merhi

* Grid-place penalties to be applied

Eddie Jordan

BBC F1 chief analyst

We saw a huge mark of an improvement in Hamilton's qualifying a few races ago and it is an indication of him becoming world class. He is fast approaching mega stardom.

Sebastian Veteel
AFP

So no surprises with the top two but what happened to Sebastian Vettel? Usually the best of the rest and he's all the way down in ninth.

Hamilton
BBC

Lewis Hamilton does it again, his 10th pole position of the season and he's done it in style too. He was half a second faster than Nico Rosberg.

Qualifying result

1) Hamilton 2) Rosberg 3) Bottas 4) Grosjean* 5) Perez 6) Ricciardo 7) Massa 8) Maldonado 9) Vettel 10) Sainz  

*Five place grid penalty to come

Chequered flag

LEWIS HAMILTON SECURES POLE POSITION FOR THE BELGIAN GRAND PRIX.

Lewis Hamilton improves with 1:47.197, too much for Nico Rosberg?

Valtteri Bottas crosses the line and is provisionally third, Romain Grosjean fourth and Sergio Perez fifth.

Sergio Perez is fastest of all through sector one. He's having a stormer today. 

Everyone is back out now for the final shot at securing a strong place on the grid. Valtteri Bottas will give us the first lap time of the 10 drivers.

Mercedes are a bit quick to get the tyre blankets off Lewis Hamilton's car and the Briton has to rush his preparation. Will that affect him?

David Coulthard

BBC F1 co-commentator

Rosberg just got on the inside curve on his lap. That was enough to unsettle the car. That lost a lot of time

...Lewis Hamilton is into P1 with a 1:47.449 with Nico Rosberg's time not good enough to beat his team-mate. He's currently second, four tenths of a second off Hamilton's best.

Valtteri Bottas is currently third, with Felipe Massa fourth and Sebastian Vettel fifth.

The cars head back in to prepare for one more shot.

Nico Rosberg is also out and there is nothing between him and Lewis Hamilton in sector one...

Sainz
BBC

All about focus and keeping calm for Carlos Sainz...

Disappointment for McLaren

You have to give it your all, but we didn’t have to qualify really as we were going to start at the back. I thought it was as good as when I got pole here a few years ago, but then you see you are a second behind. It is puzzling and disappointing. But it is not just me, it is the whole team

Jenson Button

Valtteri Bottas is once again the first to emerge on the track. Lewis Hamilton is also out for his first bite of the qualifying cherry.

Final qualifying starts

Right then, off we go with the top 10 shoot-out. Who's going to secure pole position?

Eddie Jordan

BBC F1 chief analyst

“Perez has moments, flashes of brilliance. This is a great indication of what he can do.”

Eddie Jordan

IN

1) Rosberg 2) Hamilton 3) Vettel 4) Perez 5) Massa 6) Maldonado 7) Grosjean 8) Ricciardo 9) Bottas 10) Sainz

OUT

11) Hulkenberg 12) Kvyat 13) Ericsson 14) Raikkonen* 15) Verstappen*

* No time set.

Another good showing from Sergio Perez as he shoots up to P4, but not good news for his Force India team-mate Nico Hulkenberg. He's out.

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Second qualifying ends

Sebastian Vettel moves up to third with 1:48.761 as Q2 comes to an end, Felipe Massa is third fastest.

Nico Hulkenberg, Daniil Kvyat and Marcus Ericsson are in danger...

No movement from either Mercedes driver at the moment as several other cars head out.

Five minutes until Q2 ends and Valtteri Bottas is the first to break the silence and venture back out.

He is one of just seven drivers to post a time.