The rainy weather overshadowed the time trials of the Belgian GP. The track was reached late and the last section was interrupted due to a crash on the wet track.
Belgian GP’s Saturday time trial was started with a slight delay due to rain. The track was reached about a quarter of the time late. Saturday’s third free practice was also run on a wet track.
All the stables except Williams set out for the time trial on the wheels of the rain. Williams relied on the spacer tires. The decision was worthwhile because George Russell immediately made a strong round. Soon other teams followed Williams’ choice of tires.
The fastest in the first section of the time trials was eventually McLaren Lando Norris at 1.58, 301.
On Saturday, he turned 32 years old in Mercedes Valtteri Bottas was the fifth fastest and Alfa Romeo Kimi Raikkonen remained in 19th place.
Only Haas was behind Räikkönen, who managed the race for his team Nikita Mazepin.
To another the section was also started with intermediate tires, although the threat of rain was strongly present. Mercedes Lewis at Hamilton and Bottas both had difficulty, but both fought their way to the last section.
The fastest in the second section was again Norris with a time of 1.56,025. Hamilton was second and Bottas third.
Leaving the last section of the time trials, the rain on the track increased. All the cars started driving with full rain tires.
The rain made the track very slippery and not the time when Norris was driving dangerously looking towards the wall. Norris said on the radio that he was fine.
Aston Martin stable Sebastian Vettel drove to Norris to check if everything was okay. Vettel had warned the race organizers about the danger of the track on the radio earlier.
Lando got out of the car, holding his hand. More serious injuries were avoided, but the time trial was therefore suspended until the crash site was cleaned up and the rain subsided.
Eventually the pole position was grabbed by Red Bull Max Verstappen. Verstappen’s time was 1.59, 765.
Second was driven surprisingly by Williams ’Russell and Mercedes’ Hamilton was third.
Birthday hero Bottas was only eighth.
Bottas set out for a Saturday time trial from a special situation. In the previous F1 race in Hungary, he was severely criticized for causing a mass crash in the opening round.
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For this reason, Bottas is serving a five-starting penalty in the Belgian GP.