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Summary

  1. Rosberg secures pole position, Verstappen second in qualifying
  2. Hamilton uses another engine - grid penalty now 55 places
  3. Defending world champion will start from back of the grid
  4. Verstappen second, youngest driver ever on front of grid
  5. Alonso 30-place penalty, Ericsson 10-place penalty, Gutierrez 5-place penalty

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By Chris Osborne

All times stated are UK

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First is worst, second is best

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So, the man top of the world championship standings will start the Belgian Grand Prix from dead last.

The man in seconds is 21 cars further up the field on pole.

Nineteen points separate the pair in the championship - it could be a crucial day.

You won't miss it will you? Of course you won't, join us from 11:30 BST for all the build-up.

Hamilton's situation explained

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Felipe Massa, who qualified 10th, on Sky Sports: "I had a misfire on Q1 with another set of tyres.

"Come Q3 I only had one set of tyres and unfortunately it complicated my qualifying.

"Tomorrow will be tough to keep the tyres in shape, we have to do everything as best as we can."

Max sets record

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Max Verstappen has become the youngest driver to start a race on the front row, at the age of 18 years and 331 days.

The previous youngest was Ricardo Rodríguez, who qualified second in a guest drive for Ferrari at the 1961 Italian Grand Prix aged 19 years and 208 days.

Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel, who qualified fourth, on Sky Sports: "It's supposed to be cooler tomorrow, but it's been hot all weekend.

"I think we can win this race. It will be key to look after the tyres, we need to be smart with our strategy and go from there."

Kimi Raikkonen after qualifying third: "In the second run it went pretty well. I lost two 10ths in the last chicane, the pole was there. Tomorrow is the race and I think we have to be satisfied."

Nico Rosberg after qualifying on pole for the Belgian Grand Prix: "We had a difficult weekend up to now, especially this morning. We got the job done, having made some changes to the car before qualifying. I'm pleased.

"I'm happy to be on pole, the tyres are going to be difficult, though. There will be a lot going on."

Something worth noting then.

Max Verstappen's fastest lap in Q2 was set on super-soft tyres. All of his rivals set theirs on softs.

The cars must start the race on those tyres, meaning Verstappen will have to pit earlier than everyone else, as the super-softs wear quicker.

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In the middle of a MaxFest! Dutch fans really giving their man support! #bbcf1

In the middle of a MaxFest! Dutch fans really giving their man support! #bbcf1

Max Verstappen after qualifying second: "You can always do a better job but Nico could have done a better lap too. To be so close to Nico on a track with long straights - we can be very pleased with that. I'm very pleased to be second in front of my fans - it's such a great motivation."

Lewis Hamilton, Fernando Alonso, Esteban Gutierrez and Marcus Ericsson have all been handed grid penalties.

Hamilton will start from the back in 22nd, with Alonso 21st, Ericsson 20th and Gutierrez dropping from 13th to 18th with his five-place penalty. Daniil Kvyat is sandwiched in there in 19th.

'One of the best laps I've done'

Jenson Button, who qualified ninth, on Sky Sports:"That was as good as it was going to get.

"I always love Spa, hopefully tomorrow we can have a decent race.

"We'd all rather have pace than reliability, we did not expect to come here and be in P9.

"It's good progress so we're happy. In Q2 that was one of the best laps that I've done."

Top 10

So, the top 10 grid order will be:

Rosberg, Verstappen, Raikkonen, Vettel, Ricciardo, Perez, Hulkenberg, Bottas, Button Massa.

Nico Rosberg
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Allan McNish

BBC Radio 5 live Formula 1 analyst

That was a very strong run from Nico Rosberg.

Max has to get off the line well, he'll be pitting earlier. 

Daniel Ricciardo will be frustrated I think, but having qualified behind the Ferraris he will have his work cut out.

Max Verstappen is the youngest front-row starter in F1 history.

And what a place to do it. The Netherlands is empty this weekend with the orange army in Spa.

"I think all those people gave me extra motivation," he says on the radio.

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Rosberg on pole

Raikkonen into P3 and Vettel into P4. Neither can go ahead of Verstappen or Rosberg.

Nico Rosberg will be on pole.

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PhilSlocombe: Wouldn't be surprised to see Nico on third row.

Craig Bell: In the middle of a MaxFest! Dutch fans really giving their man support!

Shaun: Would love it if the 55 place grid penalty was literally enforced and Hamilton started a few hundred metres behind the rest

Raikkonen, Perez and Vettel the only drivers who can beat Rosberg now.

Button goes eighth fastest, only Raikkonen can knock him off that point.

Verstappen finishes and can't topple Rosberg.

Chequered flag

Here he comes... Ricciardo goes into P3.

The flag drops, so we wait for the cars out there to clock their times.

Ricciardo is next up. Can the Aussie improve on P7?

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Wizzkidwas: Hoping Massa does well as always, but seriously hoping Verstappen gets pole, it can happen!  

Massa completes his lap and it's slowest of the eight who have gone so far.

Raikkonen and Button yet to set a time.

Two minutes left - one more attempt from the field to go for pole.

Verstappen was 0.149secs shy of Rosberg first time around. Can he pull off a massive upset?

Oh Massa locks up and that could put a dent in his front-row, or even second-row, hopes.

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Max's mum and sis watching anxiously ➡️ Can @Max33Verstappen claim first-ever pole? #Quali #BelgianGP 🇧🇪 #F1

Raikkonen, Massa and Button are yet to put in a competitive lap. Here comes Massa on his out lap.

Renault's Jolyon Palmer on BBC Radio 5 live: "I'm pretty happy with that, to get into Q2 for a second race running. 

"We can look forward to the race - if you can be good over one lap you can be good over 44. 

"These temperatures are rare for Spa, it'll be interesting. We're more competitive in qualifying, so we can aim to be more competitive in the race."

So it's Rosberg, Verstappen, Vettel, Perez, Hulkenberg, Bottas and then Ricciardo with five minutes to go.

Kimi Raikkonen gets himself in the gravel and that's that lap scuppered for the Finn.

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Elie Antouny: Rosberg will cook his SS in Q3. Watch Ferrari  

Kayleigh: ohhh amazing for JB to get into Q3. top 5 finish?   

And now Vettel tops the chart but Verstappen knocks him off.

And here's Rosberg... he goes top. But only by a 10th of a second... hmm, that's tighter than we thought it would be.

And Hulkenberg and Perez immediately beat it.

Valtteri Bottas is first over the line - 1:47.612 is the time to beat.

Nico Rosberg has gone for super-softs now - obviously no risks.

Allan McNish

BBC Radio 5 live Formula 1 analyst

It seems that Force India are slightly stronger in races than they are in qualifying.

With that in mind, if they can get up the grid it will really help put them in a position to do something tomorrow. 

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I hope someone can challenge Rosberg - to make it interesting.

Even if they can't, it's a battle between the Force Indias, the Ferraris, the Red Bulls and Williams for the top 10.

Go! Go! Go!

Here we go - who can challenge Rosberg? Twelve minutes, straight shootout for grid positions.

Second on the grid, behind Rosberg, is very much up for grabs. A Red Bull? A Ferrari? Or maybe a Force India or a Williams?

So, into the 10-car shootout in the order they finished Q2:

Rosberg, Verstappen, Hulkenberg, Perez, Raikkonen, Massa, Bottas, Vettel, Ricciardo, Button.