Carlos Sainz Jr, Ferrari, Spa-Francorchamps, 2022

2022 Belgian Grand Prix grid

2022 Belgian Grand Prix

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Carlos Sainz Jnr has taken provisional pole position for the Belgian Grand Prix for Ferrari ahead of Sergio Perez and Fernando Alonso.

Row 11. (55) Carlos Sainz Jnr 1’44.297
Ferrari F1-75
2. (11) Sergio Perez 1’44.462
Red Bull RB18
Row 23. (14) Fernando Alonso 1’45.368
Alpine-Renault A522
4. (44) Lewis Hamilton 1’45.503
Mercedes W13
Row 35. (63) George Russell 1’45.776
Mercedes W13
6. (23) Alexander Albon 1’45.837
Williams-Mercedes FW44
Row 47. (3) Daniel Ricciardo 1’45.767
McLaren-Mercedes MCL36
8. (10) Pierre Gasly 1’45.827
AlphaTauri-Red Bull AT03
Row 59. (18) Lance Stroll 1’46.611
Aston Martin-Mercedes AMR22
10. (5) Sebastian Vettel 1’46.344
Aston Martin-Mercedes AMR22
Row 611. (6) Nicholas Latifi 1’46.401
Williams-Mercedes FW44
12. (20) Kevin Magnussen 1’46.557
Haas-Ferrari VF-22
Row 713. (77) Valtteri Bottas 1’47.866
Alfa Romeo-Ferrari C42
14. (1) Max Verstappen 1’43.665
Red Bull RB18
Row 815. (16) Charles Leclerc 1’44.553
Ferrari F1-75
16. (31) Esteban Ocon 1’45.180
Alpine-Renault A522
Row 917. (4) Lando Norris 1’46.178
McLaren-Mercedes MCL36
18. (24) Zhou Guanyu 1’46.085
Alfa Romeo-Ferrari C42
Row 1019. (47) Mick Schumacher 1’47.718
Haas-Ferrari VF-22
20. (22) Yuki Tsunoda 1’46.692
AlphaTauri-Red Bull AT03

Penalties

Bottas: 15-place grid drop for exceeding maximum number of power unit components and five-place grid drop for exceeding limit on restricted-number components (the stewards originally announced a 10-place grid drop but later reduced it to five)
Zhou: Start at the back of the grid due to exceeding maximum number of power unit components and 10-place grid drop for exceeding limit on restricted-number components
Schumacher: Start at the back of the grid due to exceeding maximum number of power unit components and 10-place grid drop for exceeding limit on restricted-number components
Leclerc: Start at the back of the grid due to exceeding maximum number of power unit components (issued twice for two separate infringements) and 10-place grid drop for exceeding limit on restricted-number components
Ocon: Start at the back of the grid due to exceeding maximum number of power unit components
Norris: Start at the back of the grid due to exceeding maximum number of power unit components (issued twice for two separate infringements)
Verstappen: Start at the back of the grid due to exceeding maximum number of power unit components (issued twice for two separate infringements) and five-place grid drop for exceeding limit on restricted-number components
Tsunoda: Start from pit lane due to changing power unit parts under parc ferme conditions without the approval of the FIA technical delegate

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22 comments on “2022 Belgian Grand Prix grid”

  1. Interestingly mixed-up starting order.

  2. weird qualifying, 4/10 of the cars in Q3 had ‘back of the grid’ penalties. hopefully makes for an interesting race tomorrow at least.

  3. Given they usually have pretty decent pace in the races, this is a good starting position for both Aston Martin cars.

    Verstappen could win from 15th given the dominance of the Red Bull in his hands. PĂ©rez underperformed not taking pole, but the fact Verstappen couldn’t even be bothered to provide a tow for him speaks volumes about the dynamics within the Red Bull team.

    1. depends on almost certain carnage in the race and sc/vsc timings due to the tracks length being in the right place at the right time to get a ‘free’ stop is massive and would decide the race winner regardless of Max’s pace.
      Team strategies will make a huge difference on Sunday

      1. +1
        All bets are off with that many eager back markers hustling through the mid field.
        How many VSC’s?
        How many real SC’s?
        A Poll should be on this forum!

      2. I disagree. With a 2s advantage, he’d have sliced through the field into p3 really quickly even in last year’s cars. This year, I can see him being in p3 by lap 10, not far behind the top two. I don’t think he’s going to have any trouble winning with such a massive advantage and Ferrari’s obsession with screwing their drivers over…

        1. This year, I can see him being in p3 by lap 10

          Called it.

  4. Alonso was so lucky to get ahead of both Mercedes. Even his second attempts didn’t give him the edge over Ocon. I don’t expect Alonso to be higher than eighth or ninth in the race with that pace.

    As for Mercedes – even though they are very slow in qualifying, they might have a chance to win this race. Might, because Verstappen will do it, unless he crashes.

  5. Good to see Ferrari getting their tyre strategy worked out before the race :))

  6. Warning, Mercedes is in good position for first win tomorrow, Ferrari and Red Bull 2nd drivers should beware!

    1. Andy (@andyfromsandy)
      27th August 2022, 16:56

      The pace advantage the ORBR has Verstappen will be in P1 by lap 20.

      1. Part of that will be the front runners putting early to undercut each other.

        Perez will pit ridiculously early on lap 6 and fall to the back of the field. Ferrari will blindly follow them with Sainz and still manage to lose the place. Meanwhile Verstappen will calmly pass slower cars, despite being on a harder compound than the drivers around him and will manage to pit and come out just behind Perez. Perez will leap out of his way and in the process lose a place to Sainz. Sainz and Perez will end up pitting an extra time having to fight past the Alpines and McLarens and will end up finishing behind the Mercedes drivers. Leclerc will look on for a podium finish but his new engine will blow up with 5 laps to go.

        1. Thank you. No need to watch tomorrow, I can enjoy the morning here in Denver.

          1. Haha. Mystic Meg there has saved us the trouble. Must go to the bookies and put some bets on.

  7. So Ric outqualifies Norris? Seems like it, not the grid position but their best lap times! Oops!

    1. @Spachamp that’s because Riccardo’s time is from Q2, and Norris’ time is from Q3. In Q2, Norris set a faster time. Hence why he was in Q3 in the first place

    2. Yes, it’s very peculiar that there were many times set in Q2 that were better than the same drivers could achieve in Q3 despite no mention of rain or red/yellow flags, track temperature seems to be the only variable. I still hate these narrow operating range tyres.

      1. @hohum Some of the drivers, including Norris and should have included Leclerc (Ferrari idioti), did their Q3 runs on used tyres keeping fresh sets of softs for the race, so they went slower in Q3 than Q2.

        1. Thanks for the info @juan-fanger, risky business, tyres still too influential for me.

  8. playstation361
    27th August 2022, 17:43

    Nice to see Sainz quick.

  9. Has there even been a grid before where top 3 starters all speak Spanish as their native language?

  10. Alonso is an absolute genius! Thats the mark of a true GOAT!

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