2014 Belgian Formula 1 Grand Prix - Qualifying

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Welcome to live coverage of qualifying for the Belgian Grand Prix!
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We've had a massive rain shower between sessions, but it has recently stopped
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Sunshine and blue skies are now breaking through the clouds
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A delay had looked likely a little while ago, but we should be away on time
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Looking back at FP3, Valtteri Bottas and Williams set the standard
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Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo and Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg followed
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The track was constantly drying in that session, with the situation similar now
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As a reminder, Pirelli has brought its Soft and Medium tyres to Spa
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There are also two DRS zones in place, controlled by separate detection points
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The first is situated along the Kemmel straight, with the second on the main straight
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Air and track temperatures are currently sitting at 9°C and 21°C
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The green light comes on and Q1 begins!
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The Marussias, Caterhams and Toro Rossos are the first to head out
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Plenty more cars leaving the pits early on
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Most drivers are on the Intermediate tyres
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Just the Williams and Sauber drivers on Full Wets
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Perez is told that there could be some more rain before the end of Q1
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Banker laps will be the target in these opening minutes
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All 22 drivers are currently on track
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Bianchi posts the first time of the session, lapping in 2:16.474
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Vergne and Kvyat move to the front in the Toro Rossos
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Bottas now leading with a 2:10.750
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Replays show Massa running straight on at Les Combes
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Lotterer has also had a moment at the Bus Stop chicane
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Ricciardo edges ahead of Bottas
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Hamilton takes P1, despite a mistake in the final sector
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Hamilton then asks his engineer not to speak to him during hot laps
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Rosberg up to second, two tenths down on team-mate Hamilton
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Ricciardo is third, from Bottas and Alonso
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Gutierrez has stopped at Turn 15 with an apparent technical issue
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Marshals are pushing his car away
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The Sauber driver's session will be over
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All drivers are on Intermediates with six minutes remaining
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Raikkonen gets himself out of the drop zone, jumping from 20th to fifth
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Hamilton still leading from Mercedes team-mate Rosberg
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Red Bull duo Vettel and Ricciardo are next up, but more than two seconds adrift
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Massa and Bottas get themselves in front of the Red Bulls
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Magnussen runs wide at Turn 18
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As does Maldonado at Turn 4
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Lotterer is yet to beat the 107 per cent mark
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Bianchi is up to 10th in the Marussia
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A great effort from the Frenchman
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Lotterer has just jumped ahead of Caterham team-mate Ericsson
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Current drop zone: CHI, MAL, PER, GUT, LOT, ERI
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Perez improves to get himself out of danger
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The chequered flag is out, but plenty of times are on the way
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Rosberg moves ahead of team-mate Hamilton
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Hulkenberg jumps out of the drop zone
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Maldonado does the same, improving to 16th
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But that's right on the cusp...
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Sutil goes 15th, pushing Maldonado back down
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Hulkenberg fails to find more time and he falls at the first hurdle
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Out in Q1: MAL, HUL, CHI, GUT, LOT, ERI
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A great effort from Lotterer, to out-qualify Ericsson
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Bianchi was also highly impressive, making it through to Q2
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After a short break, Q2 gets underway
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We have light rain falling again
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DRS has been disabled as a result
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Lots of cars on track immediately
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All drivers on Intermediates at the moment
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Perez is told that conditions are expected to get worse
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Grosjean gets the first time on the board, clocking a 2:13.974
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That's more than three seconds slower than his best Q1 effort
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Alonso moves to the fore in his Ferrari
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Bottas is second, from Vettel, Button and McLaren
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Replays show Alonso running wide at Rivage
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Rosberg did the same moments later
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Grosjean spins at La Source but continues
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Rosberg takes P1 with a 2:08.108
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That's a second slower than his Q1 benchmark
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Hamilton goes a second faster than team-mate Rosberg
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A big moment for Hamilton at the top of Eau Rouge but he controls it
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Rosberg goes off at Rivage once more
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Button asks for some dry gloves when he next visits the pit lane
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The rain is clearly affecting his grip on the wheel
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Rosberg improves but stays second
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Kvyat has gone 11th, with Toro Rosso team-mate Vergne 12th
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Their gamble to head out later is not paying off at the moment
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Kvyat finds some time, though, and breaks into the top 10
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Vergne can only improve to 11th position
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The chequered flag comes out, but more times on the way
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Magnussen moves up to seventh
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That pushes team-mate Button down
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Button improves to go ninth
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Vettel jumps up to seventh, meaning Kvyat falls
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Out in Q2: KVY, VER, PER, SUT, GRO, BIA
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Hamilton and Rosberg continue to dominate in the Mercedes machines
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Hamilton was almost two seconds up on Alonso's third-placed Ferrari
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The final shootout begins
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Vettel is the first driver out
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He is quickly followed by the Mercedes duo
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Still Intermediate tyres all the way
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Replays show Alonso running wide at Les Combes
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Hamilton begins his first flyer by outbraking himself at La Source
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He recovers, but team-mate Rosberg will be keen to take advantage
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Vettel posts the first time of the session, lapping in 2:08.141
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Hamilton appears to have backed off after his mistake
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Rosberg smashes Vettel's time by two and a half seconds
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Alonso goes third, with Massa slotting into fourth
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Bottas edges out Williams team-mate Massa
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Hamilton posts a much cleaner lap but stays second
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Vettel is third, from Alonso and Raikkonen
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Bottas and Ricciardo follow, with Button, Magnussen and Massa completing the top 10
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Drivers are now pitting for fresh tyres
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Weather conditions are improving by the minute, so expect sizeable gains
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Hamilton is told that he is losing time to Rosberg at Turns 1 and 10
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All 10 cars on track for the final runs
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Rosberg has backed off, but he should have time for another lap
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Vettel improves but stays third
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He's still two seconds adrift of Rosberg
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Hamilton just manages to hold a slide through La Source on his final attempt
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The chequered flag is out, but plenty of times to come
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Rosberg and Hamilton are both on quicker laps
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Magnussen jumps up to fifth
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Ricciardo has a scary off but holds it to go fourth
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Hamilton can only manage second, as Rosberg improves to take pole!
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Another brilliant qualifying performance from Rosberg
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Red Bull drivers Vettel and Ricciardo take third and fifth, split by Alonso
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Bottas is sixth, from Magnussen, Raikkonen, Massa and Button
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We will be back for the race at 2pm local time (GMT +2) on Sunday