Haas F1 Team drivers Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen qualified 12th and 13th, respectively, for the Belgian Grand Prix Sunday at Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps. It was the fourth time this season both drivers advanced to the second round of knockout qualifying.
Magnussen set the 12th-fastest time in Q1 with a lap of 1:45.535 around the 7.004-kilometer (4.352-mile), 19-turn track. Grosjean was 15th quickest with a lap of 1:45.728. Only the top-15 drivers move on to Q2.
In Q2, Grosjean earned the 12th-fastest time with a lap of 1:45.133 and Magnussen was .267 of a second behind him in 13th with a lap of 1:45.400. Grosjean lopped .595 of a second off his Q1 time and Magnussen knocked .135 of second off his Q1 time. Just the top-10 drivers advance from Q2 to Q3.
Both Grosjean and Magnussen ran exclusively on the Pirelli P Zero Purple ultrasoft tire throughout qualifying.
Taking the pole for the Belgian Grand Prix was Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton. His fast lap of 1:42.553 set an all-time track record at Spa, one-upping the hours-old mark of 1:43.916 set by Scuderia Ferrari’s Kimi Räikkönen in final practice (FP3). Räikkönen broke the all-time fastest lap at Spa by .587 of a second. The previous mark of 1:44.503 was set by Jarno Trulli in his Toyota during the second round of qualifying for the 2009 Belgian Grand Prix. Hamilton’s pole-winning time crushed the eight-year-old record by 1.95 seconds.
With one record broken, Hamilton’s speed tied him for another. The pole was the 68th of Hamilton’s career, tying him with Michael Schumacher for the most poles in Formula One history. It was also Hamilton’s seventh pole this season and his fourth at Spa, earned by .242 of a second over runner-up Sebastian Vettel and his Ferrari. Hamilton will make his 200th grand prix start Sunday in the Belgian Grand Prix.
Before qualifying, Grosjean, Magnussen and the rest of their Formula One counterparts had one final practice to dial-in their racecars for a quick lap around the track.
Magnussen and Grosjean ran the same program in FP3, beginning with a reconnaissance lap on Pirelli Cinturato Green intermediate tires followed by a stint on Yellow softs and a final stint on Red supersofts.
Grosjean set the 13th-fastest time with a 1:46.196 on the 10th of his 14 laps. Magnussen tallied 13 laps and also earned his best time on his 10th lap – a 1:46.690 that put him 17th overall. Both drivers earned their quick times utilizing the Red supersofts.
Räikkönen’s quick FP3 time of 1:43.916 was .197 of a second better than his nearest pursuer, Vettel.