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Belgian Grand Prix
Spa-Francorchamps - 16 September, 2007
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Final qualifying positions:

1. K Raikkonen (Ferrari)

2. F Massa (Ferrari)

3. F Alonso (McLaren)

4. L Hamilton (McLaren)

5. R Kubica (BMW)

6. N Rosberg (Williams)

7. N Heidfeld (BMW)

LATEST ACTION (all times BST)

By Richard Hookham

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1415 "I think it will be another Ferrari, McLaren battle, with any one of the four drivers poised to win. But looks to me McLaren might just find the winning edge.
Ninad13 on 606

1407 The qualifying result is really no surprise and only confirms Ferrari's status as pre-race favourites. Raikkonen, who was third at last week's Italian GP, was more than a quarter of a second clear of his closest rival in final practice this morning. After his dominance in Belgium today, he looks set up to win Sunday's 14th leg of the 17-race world championship.

It is the third time this season Raikkonen has qualified on pole, and it was the 13th of his career. Could the flying Finn be set for a third successive victory on this track?

1401 Ferrari take the honours, with Raikkonen claiming pole ahead of Massa. Alonso in third with Hamilton fourth. Kubica qualified fifth, but due to an engine change recieves a 10-place penalty and will start 14th on the grid.

1400 Raikkonen is looking supreme after the first sector, ahead of Massa and Hamilton. And it's looking like a Ferrari one-two.

1353 It's getting pretty tense with Hamilton setting the early pace. But hold on, Alonso has spun out and is lucky he didn't end up in the gravel trap. He's managed to carry on, but how has that affected him?

1348 Hamilton has just been told by his team on the intercom: "Don't worry, we've got plenty of time." New tyres go on for Massa, and Alonso follows suit after his fuel burn and he's also on softs.

1344 The cars are off for the pole position shoot-out.

1340 The top four look good for the leading grid positions on Sunday with Kimi Raikkonen still holding sway going into the third session. The six who have bitten the dust this time around are: Fisichella, Schumacher, Coulthard, Button, Luizzi and Wurz.

1338 Mark Webber has just got a chequred flag after running out of time for his second qualfying run by three seconds. Red Bull look like they've got that one wrong.

1334 Kubica is another driver going out with a softer tyre change, and all 16 drivers are back out on the track for Q2.

1325 Hamilton has come out for the second session on softer tyres.

1319 And after the first run Alonso heads Massa, Raikkonen, Hamilton, Kubica, Nick Heidfield and Nico Rosberg in that order, who all post fine times to progress safely to the next session. Goihg out are Vettel, Barrichello, Sutil, Yamamoto, Sato and Davidson.

1314 Alonso leads the early standings with a lap of 1min 46.058sec.

1305 Robert Kubica (BMW Sauber) makes the early running after his first run.

1305 "I think Ferrari are very motivated and focused after you know what, and McLaren are in an opposite state of mind."
EIMejor via 606

1300: Hold on to your camshafts, we're off and running. The qualifying session will last one hour and could get pretty tasty out with Raikkonen desperate to make his car's advantage tell.

12.51 Conditions at Spa-Francorchamps are a warm 18C degrees (track temperature 27C), and times around F1's longest circuit, at just over 7km (4.3 miles), should be quick.

12.43 BMW Sauber's Robert Kubica has been hit by a 10-place grid penalty for having to have a replacement engine fitted after an earlier failure this morning.

12.40 Welcome to qualifying for the Belgium Grand Prix. Here's a quick reminder to those who you don't know the score about what happens this afternoon. After the first 15-minute session, the slowest six cars will be eliminated.

Six more cars will then be discarded after a second period before the remaining top 10 cars, usually the big guns, battle it out for the grid positions for Sunday's race proper.

Why not get in touch via 606 or by texting 81111 to let us know your thoughts.

1230 Formula One's focus turns back to the track at Spa on Saturday after a week in which the McLaren-Ferrari 'spygate' case has dominated proceedings.

Team principal Ron Dennis is still smarting after McLaren's record fine and the loss of all their points in this season's constructors' championship.

Nothing will soothe his sense of grievance better than dominant performances from drivers Fernando Alonso and Lewis Hamilton this weekend.

They were fastest in Friday practice, but Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen and Felipe Massa topped the timesheets on Saturday ahead of qualifying.


Qualifying results from the Belgian Grand Prix, Saturday.

1. Kimi Raikkonen (Fin) Ferrari 1 min 45.994 secs
2. Felipe Massa (Brazil) Ferrari 1:46.011
3. Fernando Alonso (Spain) McLaren 1:46.091
4. Lewis Hamilton (Britain) McLaren 1:46.406
5. Robert Kubica (Poland) BMW Sauber 1:46.996
6. Nico Rosberg (Germany) Williams - Toyota 1:47.334
7. Nick Heidfeld (Germany) BMW Sauber 1:47.409
8. Mark Webber (Australia) RedBull - Renault 1:47.524
9. Jarno Trulli (Italy) Toyota 1:47.798
10. Heikki Kovalainen (Finland) Renault 1:48.505
11. Giancarlo Fisichella (Italy) Renault 1:46.603
12. Ralf Schumacher (Germany) Toyota 1:46.618
13. David Coulthard (Britain) RedBull - Renault 1:46.800
14. Jenson Button (Britain) Honda 1:46.955
15. Vitantonio Liuzzi (Italy) Toro Rosso - Ferrari 1:47.115
16. Alexander Wurz (Austria) Williams - Toyota 1:47.394 17. Sebastian Vettel (Germany) Toro Rosso - Ferrari 1:47.581
18. Rubens Barrichello (Brazil) Honda 1:47.954
19. Takuma Sato (Japan) Super Aguri - Honda 1:47.980
20. Adrian Sutil (Germany) Spyker - Ferrari 1:48.044
21. Anthony Davidson (Britain) Super Aguri - Honda 1:48.199
22. Sakon Yamamoto (Japan) Spyker-Ferrari 1:49.577


Leading times for Saturday's free practice session for the Belgian Grand Prix

1. Kimi Raikkonen (Finland) Ferrari 1min 46.137secs
2. Felipe Massa (Brazil) Ferrari 1:46.388
3. Fernando Alonso (Spain) McLaren 1:46.507
4. Lewis Hamilton (Britain) McLaren 1:46.782
5. Heikki Kovalainen (Finland) Renault 1:47.065
6. Jarno Trulli (Italy) Toyota 1:47.218
7. Nico Rosberg (Germany) Williams - Toyota 1:47.251
8. Nick Heidfeld (Germany) BMW Sauber 1:47.359
9. Ralf Schumacher (Germany) Toyota 1:47.454
10. Mark Webber (Australia) RedBull - Renault 1:47.527



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