Verstappen Tops Qualifying, But Grid Penalty Puts Leclerc On Pole

BELGIUM — Red Bull Racing’s Max Verstappen was once again the man to beat during Friday’s qualifying session for Sunday’s Belgian Grand Prix. The Ferrari driver was only slightly off pace from Verstappen with his 1-minute, 46.988-second lap time. We obviously have a very good race car and even in these tricky conditions we were able to show that again today. We have a gearbox penalty for the race on Sunday, last year we had more penalties and started even further back but the car is better this year, so I am still targeting a win,” Verstappen said. “At the end, we were a good chunk off Max and his lap was pretty impressive.

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