Carlos Sainz will start from pole position for the Formula 1 Belgian Grand Prix, as Max Verstappen topped qualifying despite a grid penalty.
Formula 1 : Grid positions | Start time in UK | Time
Verstappen’s penalty meant Sainz inherited pole for Ferrari and he will be joined on the front row by Sergio Perez in the second Red Bull.
Charles Leclerc, who ended qualifying in fourth, also has a back of the grid penalty and will duly start from 16th place directly behind title rival Verstappen.
Despite the grid penalty, both Verstappen and Leclerc are predicted to fight back up to the podium spots, while Mercedes driver George Russell said he expected the Dutchman to still be able to win the Belgian GP.
It was a disappointing qualifying for Mercedes with its best effort from Lewis Hamilton 1.838s off Verstappen’s best lap, which led to team principal Toto Wolff branding it as “not acceptable”.
Formula 1 grid positions
Carlos Sainz will start the Belgian Grand Prix on pole position, with Sergio Perez joining him on the front row of the grid, after an array of penalties.
F1 title rivals Max Verstappen and Charles Leclerc are two of the drivers to drop towards the back, with the pair lining up 15th and 16th respectively.
Start time in UK
Pre-race coverage will be starting on Sky Sports F1 at 12:30pm ahead of the race start at 2:00pm BST.
- Date: Sunday 28th August 2022
- Start time: 2:00pm BST
In the United Kingdom Formula 1 is broadcast live on Sky Sports, with highlights shown on Channel 4 several hours after the race has finished.
The 14th round of the 2022 F1 season, the Belgian GP at Spa-Francorchamps, gets underway at 3:00pm local time (2:00pm BST) on Sunday 28th August.