Formula 1 What the teams said – Qualifying in Belgium – Formula 1 RSS UK

What the teams said – Qualifying in Belgium – Formula 1 RSS UK


In truth, Mercedes have looked quick all weekend so it was no surprise to see them lock out the front row come qualifying. Hamilton had seemed to have the edge on his team mate, and interestingly was content to head out on both his runs in Q3 by himself, with no ‘tow’ on offer. It was clearly the right strategy as he charged to pole in style with one of his special laps, which he immediately dedicated to the late Chadwick Boseman. Bottas couldn’t extract the same pace from the W11 and was a distant second but remains positive that that could be an advantageous grid slot for the race…

Lewis Hamilton, 1st, 1:41.252

“I feel incredibly blessed to be able to take pole on a day like this. I woke up this morning to the terrible news about Chadwick Boseman. What a humble man he was, portraying these iconic black figures. As a kid I wanted to be Superman, and it’s so important today for young black people to have a superhero to look up to, who looks just like them. It’s really not easy to perform at your best when you have something weighing on your heart, and to be truthful it was so difficult to shake off that negativity and channel it into something exceptional, but Chadwick showed that was possible. I’ve done a lot of laps in my F1 career, but those two laps