Lotus F1 Team’s Kimi Raikkonen will start the Belgian Grand Prix from third position after a dramatic qualifying session at Spa-Francorchamps. Kimi qualified in fourth but will start from third after post session penalties were applied.
Williams F1 Team’s Pastor Maldonado had set a time of 1:47.893, only three tenths slower than polesitter Jenson Button, enough for third best, but was handed a three place penalty for impeding Sahara Force India’s Nico Hulkenberg. The Venezuelan, who won his maiden victory at the Spanish Grand Prix this year, starts fourth, his highest starting position since the European Grand Prix in Valencia.
Kimi’s Lotus team-mate Romain Grosjean starts eighth after Red Bull Racing’s Mark Webber’s five place grid penalty from changing a gearbox is applied. The Australian had put his RB8 into seventh but will start from 12th. Mark’s team-mate Sebastian Vettel just missed the cut for Q1 by three tenths but starts tenth.
Bruno Senna will start 17th, just ahead of Caterham F1 Team’s Heikki Kovalainen and Vitaly Petrov who will take the start from 18th and 19th respectively.