The starting grid for the F1 2021 Belgian GP doesn’t look like it should after a brilliant performance from George Russell saw the Brit put his Williams on the front row of the grid behind the Red Bull of Max Verstappen

So good was Russell’s lap that even Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton was unable to better it and thus he will start behind the Williams in third position. 

Further down the Belgium GP starting grid, we see Daniel Ricciardo get his McLaren into fourth, just ahead of Sebastian Vettel’s Aston Martin.

Meanwhile, both Ferrari drivers – Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz – qualified outside the top 10, in ninth and 11th place respectively, but thanks to Valtteri Bottas and Lando Norris receiving five place grid penalties, they will move two places up the starting grid.

Belgian GP 2021 – Full starting grid

Pos.DriverTeamQ3 Lap
1.Max VerstappenRed Bull1:59.765
2.George RussellWilliams2:00.086
3.Lewis HamiltonMercedes2:00.099
4.Daniel RicciardoMcLaren2:00.864
5.Sebastian VettelAston Martin2:00.935
6.Pierre GaslyAlphaTauri2:01.164
7.Sergio PerezRed Bull2:02.112
8.Esteban OconAlpine2:03.513
9.Charles LeclercFerrari
10.Nicholas LatifiWilliams
11.Carlos SainzFerrari
12.Valtteri BottasMercedes2:02.502
13.Fernando AlonsoAlpine
14Lando NorrisMcLarenDNF
15.Antonio GiovinazziAlfa Romeo
16.Yuki TsunodaAlphaTauri
17.Mick SchumacherHaas
18.Nikita MazepinHaas
19.Lance StrollAston Martin
20.Kimi RaikkonenAlfa Romeo

Grid Penalties

Valtteri Bottas = Five place grid penalty for causing a collision at the Hungarian Grand Prix
Lance Stroll = Five place grid penalty for causing a collision at the Hungarian Grand Prix
Lando Norris = Five place grid penalty for gearbox change