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Hamilton snatches pole during frenzied session
Saturday 24th August 2013, 14:17 by TF1T Staff
Lewis Hamilton stole pole position in the final seconds of qualifying for the Belgian Grand Prix to give him his fourth consecutive pole for Mercedes.
The final ten minute shoot-out was an incredibly busy session as nine of the ten cars charged out on slick tyres minus Paul di Resta who looked to have made the perfect decision as the rain fell as the light turned green.
All nine on slicks immediately returned to the pits as the Scot took the top spot and looked set to remain there until the weather changed once again.
Nico Rosberg popped up in first in the final minute, pushing Di Resta down to second, but it wasn't over as Mark Webber, then Sebastian Vettel took over the lead. However it was Hamilton, last to cross the line, who was eventually quickest.
With the top five set, it was Jenson Button who took sixth ahead of Romain Grosjean, Kimi Raikkonen, Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa.
Q2 was a straight forward affair as the rain held off, but changeable conditions in the first session saw Caterham's Giedo van der Garde and both Marussias make it through after a gamble with slicks.
The Dutch driver starts a best 14th, whilst Jules Bianch and Max Chilton start 15th and 16th respectively.
Qualifying - 2013 Belgian Grand Prix
# Driver Team Q1 Q2 Q3 02 S. Vettel Red Bull 2:01.863 1.48.646 2:01.200 03 M. Webber Red Bull 2:01.597 1:48.641 2:01.325 06 J. Button McLaren 2:01.301 1:48.641 2:03.075 13 S. Perez McLaren 2:02.425 1:49.304 07 R. Grosjean Lotus 2:02.476 1:48.649 2:03.081 04 N. Rosberg Mercedes 2:01.099 1:48.552 2:02.251 09 F. Alonso Ferrari 2:00.190 1:48.309 2:03.482 08 K. Räikkönen Lotus 2:01.151 1:48.296 2:03.390 01 L. Hamilton Mercedes 2:00.368 1:49.067 2:01.012 11 N. Hulkenberg Sauber 2:01.712 1:49.103 10 F. Massa Ferrari 2:01.462 1:49.020 2:04.059 05 P. di Resta Force India 2:02.338 1:48.925 2:02.332 12 A. Sutil Force India 2:02.749 1:49.103 20 V. Bottas Williams 2:03.432 18 J-E. Vergne Toro Rosso 2:03.300 19 D. Ricciardo Toro Rosso 2:03.317 17 P. Maldonado Williams 2:03.072 21 E. Gutierrez Sauber 2:04.324 15 J. Bianchi Marussia 2:02.110 1:52.563 16 M. Chilton Marussia 2:02.948 1:52.762 14 G. van der Garde Caterham 2:00.564 1:52.036 22 C. Pic Caterham 2:07.384
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