BRUSSELS (Dispatches) - Red Bull’s Max Verstappen took pole position in a dramatic, wet qualifying at the Belgian Grand Prix with an outstanding George Russell second.
Verstappen’s lap prevented Russell from taking what would have been one of the greatest pole positions in Formula 1 history in the uncompetitive Williams.
Even so, it was a remarkable performance from Russell, who missed out on pole by 0.321 seconds.
Verstappen’s title rival Lewis Hamilton was third fastest in the Mercedes.
And there was a big accident for McLaren’s Lando Norris, who crashed at Eau Rouge in the McLaren in the wettest conditions of the session, bringing out the red flag and leading to a long delay while the rain abated a little.
Norris, who was fastest in the first two sessions, was sent to hospital after initial checks at the circuit for what McLaren called “a precautionary X-ray of his elbow”. He has since been passed fit to race on Sunday.