Spa Belgium – not for the feint-hearted

Spa is a racer’s track with heavy loads of downforce with blind apex going hard to flat out not thinking anymore about it over 42 laps.

These Formula One guys are worth every penny they’re paid when you hit this circuit for a Grand Prix. Walking around the Ardennes Forest is a blessing in disguise as the rough terrain is reminiscent of how drivers take to the track.

Sad news with the loss of F2 Driver Anthoine Hubert who crashed at Raidillon into Eau Rouge as his car bounced back onto the track he was t-boned by Correa who had nowhere to go. The car was split in two. Earlier on Mick Schumacher had a crash being able to get clear of any injury.

Qualifying was all about beating the traffic on track to bank a flying lap. Albon’s Red Bull debut saw him doing race distance prep in FP2 and FP3 for the race with an engine change penalty. Gasly starts 16th in the Toro Rosso. Renault F1 pulled the pace out to finish inside the top 10. McLaren were not so fortunate so w ended up with Ferrari 1-2, AMG Mercedes

With multiple power unit changes six drivers have been penalised grid places.

116Charles LeclercFERRARI1:43.5871:42.9381:42.51917
25Sebastian VettelFERRARI1:44.1091:43.0371:43.26717
344Lewis HamiltonMERCEDES1:45.2601:43.5921:43.28219
477Valtteri BottasMERCEDES1:45.1411:43.9801:43.41519
533Max VerstappenRED BULL RACING HONDA1:44.6221:44.1321:43.69016
63Daniel RicciardoRENAULT1:45.5601:44.1031:44.25717
727Nico HulkenbergRENAULT1:45.8991:44.5491:44.54216
87Kimi RäikkönenALFA ROMEO RACING FERRARI1:45.8421:44.1401:44.55718
911Sergio PerezRACING POINT BWT MERCEDES1:45.7321:44.7071:44.70618
1020Kevin MagnussenHAAS FERRARI1:45.8391:44.7381:45.08618
118Romain GrosjeanHAAS FERRARI1:45.6941:44.79712
124Lando NorrisMCLAREN RENAULT1:46.1541:44.84712
1318Lance StrollRACING POINT BWT MERCEDES1:46.0001:45.0478
1423Alexander AlbonRED BULL RACING HONDA1:45.5281:45.7998
1599Antonio GiovinazziALFA ROMEO RACING FERRARI1:45.6377
1610Pierre GaslySCUDERIA TORO ROSSO HONDA1:46.4355
1755Carlos SainzMCLAREN RENAULT1:46.5076
1826Daniil KvyatSCUDERIA TORO ROSSO HONDA1:46.5184
1963George RussellWILLIAMS MERCEDES1:47.5486

Q1 107% time – 1:50.838

Note – Stroll, Albon and Kvyat to start from back of grid due to multiple power unit element changes. Hulkenberg, Ricciardo and Sainz each drop five grid places for use of additional power unit elements. Kvyat also penalised five grid places for an unscheduled gearbox change. Kubica races at stewards’ discretion after failing to set a qualifying time. Source