Lewis Makes History With Belgian Pole

By Hillary Chinyere

Durban, 23 August 2015

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The Mercedes pair of Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton with Valteri Bottas of Williams on the qualifying podium, Belgian Grand Prix.

Lewis Hamilton last evening became the first F1 driver after Michael Schumacher during the 2000/1 season to get six consecutive pole positions in the same season. This happened on the backdrop of an eventful free-practice session in which his Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg blew out his rear left Pirelli tyre. Hamilton now leads him 10-1 in poles thus far this season.

This is how the grid will appear this afternoon:

Row 1 1. Lewis Hamilton 1’47.197
(Mercedes)
2. Nico Rosberg 1’47.655 (Mercedes)
Row 2 3. Valtteri Bottas 1’48.537
(Williams)
4. Sergio Perez 1’48.599 (Force India)
Row 3 5. Daniel Ricciardo 1’48.639
(Red Bull)
6. Felipe Massa 1’48.685 (Williams)
Row 4 7. Pastor Maldonado 1’48.754
(Lotus)
8. Sebastian Vettel 1’48.825 (Ferrari)
Row 5 9. Romain Grosjean* 1’48.561
(Lotus)
10. Carlos Sainz Jnr 1’49.771 (Toro Rosso)
Row 6 11. Nico Hulkenberg 1’49.121
(Force India)
12. Daniil Kvyat 1’49.228 (Red Bull)
Row 7 13. Marcus Ericsson 1’49.586
(Sauber)
14. Kimi Raikkonen No time (Ferrari)
Row 8 15. Felipe Nasr 1’49.952
(Sauber)
16. Will Stevens 1’52.948 (Manor)
Row 9 17. Roberto Merhi 1’53.099
(Manor)
18. Max Verstappen** No time (Toro Rosso)
Row 10 19. Jenson Button*** 1’50.978
(McLaren)
20. Fernando Alonso**** 1’51.420 (McLaren)

Romain Grosjean was given a 5-place grid penalty for gearbox change. Max Verstappen, Jenson Button and Fernando Alonso were handed 10, 50 and 55-place grid penalties for power unit component changes.

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