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Live Reporting

Michael Emons

All times stated are UK

  1. Until tomorrow

    belgian gp

    Who could have predicted George Russell would be joining Max Verstappen on the front row?

    That's exactly what we've got tomorrow and, with more rain forecast, absolutely anything could happen in the race.

    That's all for today and we will be back at 12:30 BST on Sunday for a mouth-watering Belgian Grand Prix. Whatever you do, make sure you don't miss it.

    Thanks for your company today, hopefully see you tomorrow.

  2. George Russell takes second as Max Verstappen on pole - read the report

    Andrew Benson

    BBC Sport’s chief F1 writer

    Red Bull's Max Verstappen took pole position in a dramatic, wet qualifying at the Belgian Grand Prix with an outstanding George Russell second.

    Verstappen's lap prevented Russell from taking what would have been one of the greatest pole positions in Formula 1 history in the uncompetitive Williams.

    Even so, it was a remarkable performance from Russell, who missed out on pole by 0.321 seconds.

    Verstappen's title rival Lewis Hamilton was third fastest in the Mercedes.

    And there was a big accident for McLaren's Lando Norris, who crashed at Eau Rouge in the McLaren in the wettest conditions of the session, bringing out the red flag and leading to a long delay while the rain abated a little.

    Norris, who was fastest in the first two sessions, was sent to hospital after initial checks at the circuit for what McLaren called "a precautionary X-ray of his elbow".

  3. Extreme E

    The fun's not over. Join Jenson Button et al in Greenland for the third Extreme E X-Prix. It's the second qualifying session at 17:00 BST.

    Check it out here.

    Arctic X-Prix
  4. A popular pole

    Dutch driver Max Verstappen was born in Belgium so this is the first of two home races for him with Zandvoort coming up next week and it's fair to say these fans at Spa will have been absolutely delighted with what they have seen.

    Verstappen is eight points behind Lewis Hamilton in the title race, so will there be a change in order by the end of the Belgian Grand Prix?

    verstappen fans
  5. An update from McLaren on Lando Norris

    Lando Norris has been taken to a local hospital for an X-ray to see the extent of an elbow injury after that heavy crash in the third stage of qualifying.

    View more on twitter
  6. Unbelievable

    A great day for a Williams team that has been struggling so much over the past few years.

    Both of their drivers picked up their first points for the team at the beginning of this month in Hungary and now they have a starter on the front row.

    View more on twitter
  7. How they start the Belgian Grand Prix

    • 1. Max Verstappen (Red Bull)
    • 2. George Russell (Williams)
    • 3. Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)
    • 4. Daniel Ricciardo (McLaren)
    • 5. Sebastian Vettel (Aston Martin)
    • 6. Pierre Gasly (Alpha Tauri)
    • 7. Sergio Perez (Red Bull)
    • 8. Esteban Ocon (Alpine)
    • 9. Lando Norris (McLaren)
    • 10. Charles Leclerc (Ferrari)
    • 11. Nicholas Latifi (Williams)
    • 12. Carlos Sainz (Ferrari)
    • 13. Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes - five-place grid penalty, qualified eighth)
    • 14. Fernando Alonso (Alpine)
    • 15. Antonio Giovianzzi (Alfa Romeo)
    • 16. Yuki Tsunoda (Alpha Tauri)
    • 17. Mick Schumacher (Haas)
    • 18. Kimi Raikkonen (Alfa Romeo)
    • 19. Nikita Mazepin (Haas)
    • 20. Lance Stroll (Aston Martin - five-place grid penalty, qualified 15th).
  8. 'A very difficult day'

    Championship leader Lewis Hamilton, who starts third tomorrow, says: "It has been a very difficult day for everyone. I'm just trying to stay positive, focused and calm.

    "Max did a great job and a great job also by George - that's fantastic."

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  9. 'Absolutely buzzing'

    George Russell, who claims the second front-row start of his career and his first in the Williams by qualifying second, said: "I'm absolutely buzzing.

    "Tomorrow's the most important one, but it's been mega today.

    "I'm delighted for everyone. If the weather is the same and it's there for the taking, we'll go for it."

    View more on twitter
  10. 'Super happy'

    Max Verstappen, who starts in pole position, says: "We're first and that's the most important thing.

    "It's an amazing track to drive and very difficult in the wet. I'm super happy to qualify like this after the break."

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  11. Post update

    Right, time for some quotes...

  12. Get Involved


    Revs Art: What a result @GeorgeRussell63 - brilliant achievement - great qualifying session and brilliant commentary from the chaps at #bbcf1 - Russell may just have added to the ‘best wet performance’ that was being discussed.

  13. Post update

    Jack Nicholls

    BBC Radio 5 Live F1 commentator

    One of the laps [from George Russell] in F1 history. He is starting ahead of Lewis Hamilton.

  14. Post update

    That's a great performance too from Daniel Ricciardo, starting fourth tomorrow.

  15. What a performance

    George Russell has equalled his best ever qualifying performance, but his other second-place start came in a Mercedes when he was standing in for Lewis Hamilton at the Sakhir GP late last season.

    Is he going to be Hamilton's team-mate at Mercedes in 2022? This only strengthens his case.

  16. Top 10

    1. Verstappen
    2. Russell
    3. Hamilton
    4. Ricciardo
    5. Vettel
    6. Gasly
    7. Perez
    8. Bottas (five place grid penalty)
    9. Ocon
    10. Norris
  17. BreakingVerstappen on pole for the Belgian GP; Russell starts second


    Max Verstappen, with seconds remaining, snatches a brilliant pole position, but George Russell, in the Williams, is second on the grid!

  18. Post update

    But not for long, Max Verstappen goes quickest.