Leclerc & Ferrari Secure Belgian Pole

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Charles Leclerc roared to his third F-1 pole of the season during the Belgian Grand Prix. (Ferrari Photo)
Charles Leclerc roared to his third F-1 pole of the season during the Belgian Grand Prix. (Ferrari Photo)

STAVELOT, Belgium – Charles Leclerc continued Ferrari’s strong form this weekend at Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps on Saturday by winning the pole for Sunday’s Belgian Grand Prix.

Leclerc, who led two of the three Formula One practice sessions ahead of Saturday’s qualifying session, earned his third pole of the year thanks to his 1:42.519 lap in Q3.

Ferrari swept the front row, with Leclerc’s teammate Sebastian Vettel qualifying second with a fast time of 1:43.267.

Lewis Hamilton qualified third for Mercedes, overcoming a practice crash earlier in the day that had his Mercedes crew scrambling to get his car ready as Q1 began.

An engine failure in Williams’ of Robert Kubica early in the first round of qualifying gave Mercedes extra time to get Hamilton’s car ready, allowing him to make it on track for qualifying.

Valtteri Bottas qualified fourth in the second Mercedes, followed by Red Bull’s Max Verstappen, the Renault duo of Daniel Ricciardo and Nico Hulkenberg, Alfa Romeo’s Kimi Raikkonen, Racing Point’s Sergio Perez and Haas’ Kevin Magnussen.