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Australian Mark Webber produced a flying lap on a dry track to earn pole position in the rain affected final qualifying session.
Lewis Hamilton looked like he might break Red Bull’s ‘ownership’of prime position on the grid this season, but Webber was able to secure Red Bull’s 13th pole out of 14 races.
All three qualifying sessions were affected by rain with drivers and teams struggling to decide on the best tyre options.
Such is the nature of Spa’s forest course, the sun shone brightly in the pit lane while rain poured onto the higher parts of the course at times and drivers found it difficult to judge how hard to push their cars.
In any other race the outcome would almost be assured, Webber on pole would be irresistible, but he is only second favourite with the bookies, 23/10 with Sporting Bet.
Hamilton is the race favourite at odds of 15/8 with Boylesports and this is due to his fantastic handling of the conditions yesterday.
He finished second on the grid ahead of an impressive showing from Renault’s Robert Kubica who kept Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel to fourth on the grid.
Jensen Button in the other McLaren consistently found himself lapping slower than team mate Hamilton and continues to be out of balance with his car taking fifth alongside Ferrari’s Felipe Massa in sixth.
Both Ferrari drivers found it difficult in the changing track conditions and Fernando Alonso lost grid positioning by going out for the 3rd qualifying session without the option tyres.
Alonso will start from row 5 in tenth place on the grid taking heart this is a race where the weather and suitable tyres can play a bigger part than grid positioning.
Mercedes GP face losing ground in the constructor’s championship with both drivers relegated on the grid to penalties.
Nico Rosberg was relegated five places to seventeenth for a gear box change and Michael Schumacher is back in 21st place thanks to the 10 place penalty incurred for his driving in the Hungarian Grand Prix.
1 Mark Webber (Red Bull) 1:45.778, 2 Lewis Hamilton (McLaren) 1:45.863
3 Robert Kubica (Renault) 1:46.100, 4 Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull) 1:46.127
5 Jensen Button (McLaren) 1:46.206, 6 Felipe Massa (Ferrari) 1:46.314
7 Rubens Barrichelo (Williams-Cosworth) 1:46.602, 8 Adrian Sutil (Force India-Mercedes) 1:46.659
9 Nico Hulkenberg (Williams-Cosworth) 1:47.053, 10 Fernando Alonso (Ferrari) 1:47.441
11 Jaime Alguersuari (Toro Rosso-Ferrari) 1:48.267, 12 Vitantonio Liuzzi (Force India-Mercedes) 1:48.680
13 Sebastien Bueni (Toro Rosso-Ferrari) 1:49.209, 14 Heikki Kovaleinen (Lotus-Cosworth) 1:50.980
15 Timo Glock (Virgin-Cosworth) 1:52.049, 16 Jamo Trulli (Lotus-Cosworth) 2:01.491
17 Nico Rosberg (Mercedes GP) 1:47.885, 18 Kamui Koboyashi (BMW Sauber-Ferrari) 2:02.284
19 Bruno Senna (Hispania-Cosworth) 2:03.612, 20 Sakon Yamamoto (Hispania-Cosworth) 2:03.941
21 Michael Schumacher (Mercedes GP) 1:47.874, 22 Pedro de la Rosa (BMW Sauber-Ferrari) 2:05.294
23 Lucas di Grassi (Virgin-Cosworth) 2:18.754, 24 Vitlaly Petrov (Renault) no time