AFP Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium
Aug 31, 2019, 08.04 PM
Charles Leclerc claimed pole position for the Belgian Grand Prix with a dazzling lap in a dramatic qualifying session on Saturday as Ferrari delivered a dominant front row lockout.
The Monegasque, who was quickest in two of the three practice sessions and is seeking his maiden victory in Formula One, clocked a fastest lap in one minute 42.519 seconds. He was 0.748sec clear of his Ferrari team-mate Sebastian Vettel.
It was Ferrari's first lockout since the Bahrain Grand Prix in March and the 63rd in the team's F1 history, one fewer than Mercedes.
Defending five-time world champion and series leader Lewis Hamilton was third for Mercedes ahead of his team-mate Valtteri Bottas, Max Verstappen, who was fifth for Red Bull, and Daniel Ricciardo of Renault.
"That felt good," said Leclerc. "We were struggling a little bit more for race pace and we need to work on that, but I am sure we will be strong."
Vettel was frustrated by traffic on his final run.
"At the end, it's good we secured the front row, but to fight for pole I was in the queue," he said