The pressure is really on Lewis Hamilton now as his team mate Nico Rosberg clinched pole for Sunday’s Belgian GP. All of a sudden the two Mercedes drivers have become bookmarks. Rosberg at one end of the grid and Hamilton right at the back. Further engine changes meant his grid penalty is up to 55 places, the way it’s going Lewis will be starting in a different country!!
It’s all about damage limitation for Hamilton on Sunday, not for his Mercedes but his world title lead. His 19 point lead is likely to be a lot less on Sunday unless some mechanical problems beset Rosberg, well his car must be due some. Lewis must feel like swapping Mercedes while no one is looking.
Hamilton didn’t do a great deal during qualifying, well there wasn’t much need to really. He just did one slow run in Q1 to ensure he qualified for the race and his start at the back of the grid, so far away from Rosberg there’s no point chucking a cap at him. No wonder he declared, “It’s definitely the weirdest qualifying session or weekend I’ve had so far.”
Rosberg took pole and it’ll be and Max Verstappen finished in second ahead of Daniel Ricciardo who made some vital errors in final qualifyinga and only managed fifth fastest. Ferrari may well be a threat on Sunday with Kimi Raikkonen in third with Sebastian Vettel fourth. He had tyre problems and a right good moan over the radio.
Fernando Alonso is at the back of the grid as well, just the 35 place penalty. After more engine problems in final practice though, that figure might increase with another engine change possible. Perhaps he’ll swap notes with Lewis. Jenson Button didn’t have that bad a session though qualifying ninth.
All is set for an interesting Sunday. Can Rosberg maintain his strong pace and get a win that could take him back to the top of the drivers’ championship race? Will Hamilton fight his way into the points and can Red Bull cause a surprise? All will be revealed on Sunday so I hope you enoy your racing and I’ll be back next week.