ROSBERG RULES AGAIN: Mercedes-AMG's German driver Nico Rosberg scored yet another Formula 1 GP pole start on Saturday - this time for the 2014 Belgian GP at Spa-Francorchamps. Image: AFP / Ben Stansall
SPA-FRANCORCHAMPS, Belgium - Pouring rain, slick tar on possibly the toughest track of the Formula 1 circus and pole went down to the wire for the 2014 Formula 1 GP there this weekend.
It turned out to be another Mercedes 1-2, with Nico Rosberg pipping team mate Lewis Hamilton as the latter had steering problems towards the end of the session to finish 0.228sec slower.
Third was Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull), a huge 2.126sec back, and fourth Fernando Alonso (Ferrari) on +2.195.
Tomorrow, however, is threatening to be sunny and dry, which could very well turn those times on their heads.
The balance of the leading field, in grid order, will be Ricciardo, Bottas, Magnussen, Raikkonen, Massa and Jenson Button.
Qualifying times for the 2014 Belgian F1 GP at Spa on August 24
1 Nico Rosberg (Germany) Mercedes 2min05.591
2 Lewis Hamilton (Britain) Mercedes
3 Sebastian Vettel (Germany) Red Bull - Renault
4 Fernando Alonso (Spain) Ferrari
5 Daniel Ricciardo (Australia) Red Bull - Renault
6 Valtteri Bottas (Finland) Williams-Mercedes
7 Kevin Magnussen (Denmark) McLaren
8 Kimi Raikkonen (Finland) Ferrari
9 Felipe Massa (Brazil) Williams-Mercedes
10 Jenson Button (Britain) McLaren
11 Daniil Kvyat (Russia) Toro Rosso - Renault
12 Jean-Eric Vergne (France) Toro Rosso - Renault
13 Sergio Perez (Mexico) Force India - Mercedes
14 Adrian Sutil (Germany) Sauber - Ferrari
15 Romain Grosjean (France) Lotus - Renault
16 Jules Bianchi (France) Marussia - Ferrari
17 Pastor Maldonado (Venezuela) Lotus - Renault
18 Nico Hue lkenberg (Germany) Force India - Mercedes
19 Max Chilton (Britain) Marussia - Ferrari
20 Esteban Gutierrez (Mexico) Sauber - Ferrari
21 Andre Lotterer (Germany) Caterham - Renault
22 Marcus Ericsson (Sweden) Caterham - Renault