Verstappen is the fastest in qualifying for the Belgian Grand Prix, but will start from the last place due to the penalty

“Red Bull” pilot Max Verstappen was the fastest in qualifying for the Belgian Grand Prix of the Formula One (F-1) world championship on Saturday at Spa, Belgium, but the second fastest driver Carlos Sainz will start the race from the first place on Sunday.

Although Verstappen was fastest in qualifying with a lap time of 1 minute and 43.665 seconds, he will have to start from last place due to an engine change.

Ferrari driver Sainz qualified 0.632 seconds behind, so he will start the race from the first position on Sunday.

On the other hand, Sergio Perez (“Red Bull”) was able to achieve the third best time in the qualification, who was 0.797 seconds behind.

In the first round of qualifying, the five slowest were Valtteri Bottas (Alfa Romeo), Yuki Tsunoda (AlphaTauri), Kevin Magnussen (Haas), Nicolas Latifi (Williams) and Sebastian Vettel (Aston Martin), while in the second Mick Schumacher (Haas), Lance Stroll (Aston Martin), Zhou Guanyui (Alfa Romeo), Pierre Gasly (AlpaTauri) and Daniel Ricciardo (McLaren) retired in the round.

On Sunday, Verstappen and Charles Leclair will be joined at the back by McLaren’s Lando Norris, Alpine’s Esteban Ocon, Schumacher and Bottas.

Verstappen is the leader in the overall standings of the World Championship with 258 points, Leclair is second with 178 points, and Perez is in third place with 163 points. In the constructors’ cup, “Red Bull” has 431 points, “Ferrari” follows with 334 points, and “Mercedes” is third with 304 points.

Last year, Verstappen clinched his first career F1 world title on the final lap of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, ahead of seven-time champion Hamilton, with whom he was tied on points before the final stage.

This season, the F-1 calendar has 22 stages

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