Event: Belgian Grand Prix
Track: Spa-Francorchamps Circuit

F1 Qualifying Results 2022 Belgian Grand Prix

Sparks fly behind Max Verstappen driving the Red Bull Racing RB18 on track (Photo by Peter Fox/Getty Images)

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Carlos Sainz scored his second F1 pole position of his career during the 2022 Belgian Grand Prix qualifying session today. The Ferrari driver will start from P1 for the first time on Spa-Francorchamps. It was the 239th pole for Ferrari.

Q1 Session report

Qualifying for tomorrow's GP order was delayed by 25 minutes due to barrier repairs on the Spa track. Before F1 qualifying the Porsche racing series did their qualifying, when a collision between two drivers caused one Porsche to crash into the barrier.

Mick Schumacher was the first to set a lap time on the timesheet. This first lap time was a 1:47.929. With 10 minutes to go Max Verstappen was on P1 with a time of 1:44.581 min. It was the first time this weekend that a driver went below 1:45 min.

With five minutes to go the drivers who had to improve to get into Q2 were: Lance Stroll (Aston Martin), Nicholas Latifi (Williams), Mick Schumacher (Haas), Zhou Guanyu (Alfa Romeo) and Valtteri Bottas (Alfa Romeo).

In the last runs George Russell told his Mercedes on the radio he saw some drops of rain. In the end Zhou and Schumacher made it into Q2. Vettel was only 0.002 sec. slower than Schumacher.

Q2 Session report

Verstappen again was fastest after his first timed lap and now clocked a 1:44.723 min. Leclerc could not come close and was nearly 1 second slower in the Ferrari than his title rival Verstappen. He told his team on the radio his car bounced a lot at the apex of slow corners.

The drivers in the elimination zone now were: Alex Albon (Williams), Zhou, Stroll, Schumacher and Daniel Ricciardo (McLaren).

Both Alpine drivers and McLaren drivers helped out each other with a nice slipstream at Kemmel straight. It looked like it would help Ricciardo to get into Q3, but Albon was driving a great lap in the Williams and pushed Ricciardo out at the very last moment.

Q3 Session report

The final qualifying session for pole position was a bit of a chaos for Leclerc, because the team made an error and had fitted new softs instead of used ones. Verstappen was again quickest after the first run and clocked a 1:43.665 min.

He didn't got out for a second run, because he received a grid penalty for using to many power unit elements and will have to start from the back of the grid tomorrow. Sainz now was helped by Leclerc on the long straight up the hill to try and keep in front of Pérez.

Although Verstappen was an amazing 0.6 sec. faster than Sainz, he won't be starting from pole tomorrow.

Last years pole position time was a 1:59.765 min, driven by Max Verstappen with the Red Bull on a wet track.

Qualifying Times 2022 Belgian GP

PosNoDriverTeamQ1Q2Q3Laps
11Max VerstappenRed Bull1:44.5811:44.7231:43.6659
255Carlos SainzFerrari1:45.0501:45.4181:44.29714
311Sergio PérezRed Bull1:45.3771:44.7941:44.46212
416Charles LeclercFerrari1:45.5721:44.5511:44.55314
531Esteban OconAlpine1:46.0391:45.4751:45.18015
614Fernando AlonsoAlpine1:46.0751:45.5521:45.36816
744Lewis HamiltonMercedes1:45.7361:45.4201:45.50320
863George RussellMercedes1:45.6501:45.4611:45.77620
923Alexander AlbonWilliams1:45.6721:45.6751:45.83718
104Lando NorrisMcLaren1:45.7451:45.6031:46.17814
113Daniel RicciardoMcLaren1:46.2121:45.7679
1210Pierre GaslyAlphaTauri1:46.1831:45.82712
1324Zhou GuanyuAlfa Romeo1:46.1781:46.08512
1418Lance StrollAston Martin1:46.2561:46.61112
1547Mick SchumacherHaas1:46.34213
165Sebastian VettelAston Martin1:46.3446
176Nicholas LatifiWilliams1:46.4017
1820Kevin MagnussenHaas1:46.5576
1922Yuki TsunodaAlphaTauri1:46.6926
2077Valtteri BottasAlfa Romeo1:47.8665

Notes:

  • Max Verstappen, Esteban Ocon and Lando Norris required to start from the back of the grid for use of additional power unit elements.
  • Charles Leclerc penalised 40 grid places for use of additional power unit and gearbox elements.
  • Bottas and Schumacher 30 grid places for use of additional power unit and gearbox elements.

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3 F1 Fan comments on “F1 Qualifying Results 2022 Belgian Grand Prix

  1. Jere Jyrälä

    Interestingly mixed-up starting order.
    La Source with gravel runoff will be more critical than before, while Checo could pull a Seb 2013 & ’18.
    I reckon Max could still win on pure pace despite a lowly starting position.

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