Belgian Grand Prix LIVE: Latest updates

Belgian Grand Prix LIVE: Latest updates
Follow live coverage from the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps as the title race hots up

<p>Nicolas Latifi and George Russell arrive before the race</p><p>Nicolas Latifi and George Russell arrive before the race</p>

Nicolas Latifi and George Russell arrive before the race

Welcome to live coverage of the 2021 Belgian Grand Prix as we look ahead to what promises to be a fascinating race. Red Bull took pole position on Saturday as Max Verstappen fuelled his world title ambitions with a supreme lap in the wet in Spa.

The treacherous conditions – which are set to continue this afternoon – led to a red flag in Q3 after Lando Norris suffered a high-speed crash which saw his car left in pieces. It was a disastrous moment for the Brit, especially given he had posted the fastest times in Q1 and Q2, but he had to settle for tenth on the grid.

Qualification restarted with nine minutes remaining and defending champion Lewis Hamilton set the bar heading into the final flying laps. But out of nowhere the Williams of George Russell pulled out a quite incredible time to go into provisional pole. The 23-year-old Brit, who is hoping to secure a place on the Mercedes team next year, was eventually toppled by Verstappen but still managed to clinch a sensational place on the front row in one of the shocks of the season so far.

Can the Williams compete today? Hamilton qualified behind him in third, with Daniel Ricciardo, Sebastian Vettel, Pierre Gasly, Sergio Perez, Valtteri Bottas, Esteban Ocon and Norris propping up the top 10. Hamilton currently leads the championship by eight points from Verstappen, but the Dutchman will feel confident he can leapfrog him this weekend as he eyes his sixth win of the year.

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Belgian Grand Prix

Welcome to live coverage of the 2021 Belgian Grand Prix as we look ahead to what promises to be a fascinating race. Red Bull took pole position on Saturday as Max Verstappen fuelled his world title ambitions with a supreme lap in the wet in Spa.

The treacherous conditions – which are set to continue this afternoon – led to a red flag in Q3 after Lando Norris suffered a high-speed crash which saw his car left in pieces. It was a disastrous moment for the Brit, especially given he had posted the fastest times in Q1 and Q2, but he had to settle for tenth on the grid.

Qualification restarted with nine minutes remaining and defending champion Lewis Hamilton set the bar heading into the final flying laps. But out of nowhere the Williams of George Russell pulled out a quite incredible time to go into provisional pole. The 23-year-old Brit, who is hoping to secure a place on the Mercedes team next year, was eventually toppled by Verstappen but still managed to clinch a sensational place on the front row in one of the shocks of the season so far.

Can the Williams compete today? Hamilton qualified behind him in third, with Daniel Ricciardo, Sebastian Vettel, Pierre Gasly, Sergio Perez, Valtteri Bottas, Esteban Ocon and Norris propping up the top 10. Hamilton currently leads the championship by eight points from Verstappen, but the Dutchman will feel confident he can leapfrog him this weekend as he eyes his sixth win of the year.

Lawrence Ostlere29 August 2021 12:22

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