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Verstappen edges out Piastri for Belgium sprint pole

Max Verstappen pipped McLaren’s Oscar Piastri to pole position for the Belgian Grand Prix sprint race by just 0.011 seconds. The world champion was the…

Max Verstappen pipped McLaren’s Oscar Piastri to pole position for the Belgian Grand Prix sprint race by just 0.011 seconds.

The world champion was the very last driver to cross the line on a drying track, the condition of which was improving consistently throughout the session.

Nevertheless, Piastri’s performance continued the strong impression the Australian is making in his debut season.

Carlos Sainz led Charles Leclerc for an all-Ferrari second row of the grid.

Piastri’s team-mate Lando Norris was fifth, ahead of the Alpine of Pierre Gasly, Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton and Red Bull’s Sergio Perez in eighth, 0.905secs slower than team-mate Verstappen.

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