Belgian F1 Grand Prix qualifying photos
The McLaren pit crew prepare to go to work on Jenson Button's car. The defending world champion is yet to make the front row in qualifying this season
Sebastian Vettel needs some help from the marshalls to make it back to the Red Bull garage as an air box problem sees his RB4 come to a stop in the pit-lane during third practice
Meanwhile Felipe Massa and Ferrari race engineer Rob Smedley pick over the bones of his performance after he ends seventh-fastest in the final practice session
Darkening skies and patchy rain add an intriguing twist to qualfying as the drivers swap between slick and intermediate tyres and squabble over grid position
Mark Webber dodges the showers in Q3 with a swift early lap that ensures his fifth pole position of the season. The Australian has converted two of his previous four poles into victories
Lewis Hamilton saves his best time for the final seconds and claws his way up into second position in the McLaren
Robert Kubica makes full use of the team's new F-duct device as he secures third place on the grid - four tenths of a second off Webber.
But team-mate Vitaly Petrov is forced to catch a lift back to the garage after he crashes out
It looks like being a busy evening in the Renault garage as they try and give their Russian driver some hope of salvaging something from the back of the grid
After four consecutive poles in the previous four races, team-mate Vettel is overshadowed by Webber and completes the second row alongside Kubica.
Jenson Button starts from fifth with all three of the drivers ahead of him in the standings also in front of him on the grid.
It is also a disappointing qualification session for Ferrari as Fernando Alonso claims a tactical mistake in the way his team used their soft tyres was partly responsible for his 10th-place finish
Michael Schumacher finished 11th fastest, although will find himself fourth from the back of the grid on Sunday as he serves a ten-place penalty for a dangerous manoeuvre on Rubens Barrichello at the Hungary Grand Prix
Barrichello, who received an apology via text message from Schumacher earlier this week, equalled his season's best qualification of seventh in his 300th career grand prix