Formula 1

Lewis Hamilton claims pole for Belgian Grand Prix

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Lewis Hamilton claimed a dramatic pole position with the final lap on a drying track to beat the two Red Bull's in qualifying for the Belgian Grand Prix.

Rain just before the start of qualifying meant it was a case of being on the right tyres at the right time, and as the rain stopped and the track began to dry, the lap times began to tumble.

With a dry line appearing the two Marussia's and Giedo van der Garde made the bold move of switching to dry tyres in the hope the track had dried, it had and with their final runs all three driver's managed to make it into Q2, the most number of drivers from the slower teams ever to do so.

Their gain was the downfall of the Williams' and Toro Rosso's as both teams failed to get a driver into the second part of qualifying, Esteban Gutierrez's Sauber and Charles Pic in the Caterham joining them.

Into the second segment then and with the track now dry and the three slower cars no threat for making it into the top 10, the question would be which other drivers would join them?

Nico Hulkenberg was the first man in 11th ahead of Adrian Sutil's Force India in 12th and Sergio Perez's McLaren in 13th, ahead of the Van der Garde, Jules Bianchi and Max Chilton.

Into the final top 10 shootout then and more rain just as the session began meant all the drivers headed out in a bid to set a lap time on slicks before the track got too wet, however as they approached the final section of the circuit, heavier rain began to fall meaning all the driver's had to pit for intermediates.

The only man to go straight out on the wet tyres was Paul di Resta and the Scot looked as if he would be set for pole setting a 2:02.331 just as the others were heading back out on the inters.

Indeed the early laps for the others were well off Di Resta's pace and the though of a Force India on pole became a real possibility, but as the rain stopped and the track began to dry again the lap time started getting faster.

Nico Rosberg was the first man to beat the Scot for Mercedes and while most missed out, Hamilton and the two Red Bull's had crossed the start/ finish line with seconds to spare allowing them an additional flying lap.

They would take maximum advantage easily going faster than Rosberg, first Webber, then Vettel, before Hamilton went fastest seeing the Briton emerge on top.

Rosberg remained fourth with Paul di Resta fifth, Jenson Button took advantage of the conditions to take a season's best sixth for McLaren ahead of the two Lotus' Romain Grosjean ahead of Kimi Raikkonen, and the two Ferrari's Fernando Alonso ahead of Felipe Massa.

A crazy qualifying session which leaves plenty of fascinating questions heading into tomorrow's race, can Hamilton keep the Red Bull's behind him? Can Ferrari and Lotus move through the field? And how bigger role with the weather play with more rain forecast tomorrow!

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