Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc will start on pole in the Belgian Grand Prix on Sunday.
Charles Leclerc has been installed as the 5/6 favourite after guiding his Ferrari to pole position for Sunday’s Belgian Grand Prix.
The 21-year-old put in a superb performance in qualifying, roaring to the front of the grid with a 0.748 second advantage over team-mate Sebastian Vettel (11/4).
The Ferrari duo locked out the front row for the Spa showpiece while Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton will start third alongside Silver Arrows colleague Valtteri Bottas (16/1).
Red Bull’s Max Verstappen (16/1) qualified fifth, with Kimi Raikkonen, Sergio Perez, Kevin Magnussen, Romain Grosjean and Lando Norris completing the top 10.
However, all eyes will be on Leclerc when the lights go out and the 21-year-old Monte Carlo man admitted his surprise at how well he performed on Saturday.
“It obviously feels amazing,” he said. “It was very tricky, especially in Q3 I struggled quite a lot – the start of the lap was always very messy.
“But in the end I managed to do the rest of the lap OK. I did not expect to be that far ahead.”
Hamilton (7/2) said it had been an “interesting” weekend to date after crashing out in final practice but is looking forward to fighting for the chequered flag in Sunday’s race.
“Charles has been so quick all weekend but in the long run I am hoping we can at least give them a bit of a challenge,” he said. “Hopefully we will be there or thereabouts and put in some interesting strategies.”
Mercedes chief Toto Wolff does not share Hamilton’s optimism, however, suggesting that Ferrari’s pace may be too hot to handle.
“It’s not seven tenths it’s 1.3 seconds to Leclerc,” he fumed. “We knew it would be difficult – third and fourth was what we expected but the power is ridiculous on the Ferrari on these kind of tracks.”
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