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Qualifying

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Four pole positions in a row for Lewis Hamilton! Absolutely stunning drive at the death from Hamilton, the last man to cross the line... What a dramatic finish, and you have to feel for Paul Di Resta. He looked untouchable until the last 90 seconds of the session.

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BUT HERE COMES LEWIS HAMILTON! HE IS TWO TENTHS QUICKER AND IS ON POLE POSITION!

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Vettel beats Webber by a tenth....

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Webber quickest by a second...!

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The rain has eased off all of a sudden - and Hamilton, Webber and Vettel will all go quickest I think! Amazing stuff!

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Hamilton goes fourth quickest, then taken by Alonso... BUT NOW ROSBERG STEALS POLE! Amazing work from the Mercedes driver in awful weather - Di Resta has been beaten by eight hundredths... but Vettel and Hamilton and Webber all still out with one last chance...

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Into the final moments, Di Resta unable to improve and comes in, Vettel and Hamilton currently on their final fliers...

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Everybody's out on the circuit right now, with one more go apiece... Alonso currently 10th incidentally.

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Nobody even going close to Massa's second-best time ... until Rosberg makes it to get on the front row as it stands!

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The rain is hammering down now! Massa won't beat Di Resta... no he's 1.727 seconds slower! Nobody going to get past the Scot as things look... Looks so tough now for the guys who were slower getting intermediates on...

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Looks like things have got wetter between Paul Di Resta coming up the Kemmel Straight! Di Resta might have pulled out something amazing with a bit of luck and good timing here...

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It's a 2:02.332 for Di Resta, and the next man out behind him is Felipe Massa - everyone else still on their out laps...

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Di Resta should get two goes at a clear track here - he looks like he's putting in a very tidy lap... and he's nailed the final chicane.

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Di Resta will be the only man in with a time as things stand - his decision to go straight in for inters looks very good right now, with rain set to get worse.

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Rosberg is straight back in for intermediates as well - no idea what will happen as things stand.

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It's wheel-to-wheel in qualifying - this is insane. Paul Di Resta meanwhile is gambling by coming in for intermediates...

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The out laps suggest things are getting slippery already - Massa is sliding all over the place!

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The rain will last for 10 minutes, the radar says - this could be madness...

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We're under way in Q3 - AND THE UMBRELLAS ARE GOING UP!

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Q3 about to begin, and with the weather satellite ominous, every single car is lined up to go out straight away!

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HAMILTON MAKES Q3 BY TWO HUNDREDTHS! Very close-run thing for the title pretender, and with Button and Massa both coming good in the end Hamilton almost didn't make it. Nico Hulkenberg was the man who was right behind him.

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Rosberg clocks the third quickest - and Hamilton is down into 10th place! He's in danger here!

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Decent lap from Massa to make the top 10! He's sixth!

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Di Resta goes fourth quickest! Fine lap for the Scot, and Button and Massa are both out of the top 10 just now...

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Massa and Rosberg still out of the top 10 - and Button's in 10th now and in danger, with Paul Di Resta 11th but out on the track in a very fast lap!

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Alonso posts the fastest time in Q2 now, and he's in with a 1:48.309.

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Every single car is back out now - Massa and Rosberg the big two yet to make it into the top 10.

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Vettel is back out and has posted a fast one - he's in witha 1:48.8. Last year's pole, incidentally, was around the 1:47.5 mark.

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Van der Garde's hopes of making Q3 don't look good - it's a 1:53, and looks like the Caterham's qualifying adventure will end here.

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Hamilton looking tidy and... crosses the line with a 1:49.5, and he's second fastest.

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Rosberg will come round first, but he's messed it up completely - and he's 12 seconds adrift of Raikkonen.

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Rosberg and Hamilton both yet to post a time, but they're out on the circuit now.

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Raikkonen shrugs off that mistake and clocks a 1:49.323 in his next flying lap - he's now coming into the pits.

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Max Chilton now totally outclassed, five seconds adrift at the bottom of the timings of those who've completed a lap so far in Q2.

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The racing line looks basically dry now, as Alonso comes in for his first timed lap, just 0.002 slower than Webber.

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So many people locking up into the final chicane today - and that's a big mistake, because it means you cross the start-finish line down on speed and have a hard time posting a second good flying lap.

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Mark Webber and Nico Hulkenberg are both out on the track too, with slick tyres - and it's Webber who clocks the best time so far with a 1:50.1. Raikkonen messes up the final corner and ends up second quickest.

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Kimi Raikkonen is the first man out on the track - and he's got Spa to himself right now.

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Q2 gets under way with an empty track as the teams wait for the track to dry out further.

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The biggest winner of the lot from Q1 turns out to be Giedo van der Garde, whose slick tyre gamble saw him shoot up to third place and make it into Q2 in style. Team-mate Charles Pic, who didn't join the experiment, is dead last and out, some three seconds adrift at the foot of the standings.

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Max Chilton's slick tyre gamble comes off as he ends up in the 16th and final spot - Maldonado and Vergne, who both looked excellent this morning in pracice, have both gone out in Q1!

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Alonso and Massa both pull it out with their final laps to be fastest and 7th fastest respectively.

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Nothing to worry about for Hamilton - it's the fastest lap so far, a 2:00.368! But Alonso and Massa both need good ones!

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Hamilton currently 16th as well - he needs to nail this lap or he'll probably be out at Q1!

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Clock ticking down - and Massa is 17th! He needs something - and now Alonso is 17th and Massa 18th!

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Di Resta pulls out of the bottom six in style - by going fastest of all with a 2:02 - but he's almost instantly bested by first Hulkenberg and then Webber... and then Rosberg.

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Van der Garde clocks 2:11 with his first flying lap on slicks - Maldonado meanwhile has gone fastest overall with a 2:03.072 thanks to nice fresh intermediates.

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Paul Di Resta looks like being unlucky if he can't get something going - he looked good in practice, and needs to trim over a second from his best lap so far if he's to get into Q2.

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Van der Garde is also out on slicks - looks like he'll be the first to post a slick tyre lap, but he's wigging around all over the place and doesn't look like shaving much off his time. Maybe next lap round he'll be better.

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Britain's Max Chilton has a go on slick tyres - he's 22nd and bottom so far, so might as well have a go and take a risk. The top guys still all on intermediates.

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Vettel has told his mechanics that it's still too wet to have a go with slick tyres - pretty greasy-looking surface still despite the rain having stopped.

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Lewis Hamilton is the first to blast out a standout time - and he's produced a 2:04.618 to go fastest by over a second.

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Starting to feel like a big game of musical chairs out here - you feel that somebody big is bound to get left behind in a disturbed Q1 session like this.

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The rain has now stopped - it'll get dryer and quicker, and everyone is piling in for slick tyres.

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Vettel now goes quickest by 0.366 from Webber, and all 22 men have now set a time.

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Gutierrez claims the quickest lap briefly but is quickly superseded by Rosberg - but now Mark Webber goes to the top of the timesheets. We're expecting the cars to put and hope for things to dry out for 10 minutes or so now.

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Lewis Hamilton held up by Bianchi on his second quick lap - he won't beat his earlier time this time round.

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Rosberg edges Hamilton, with a 2:08.865 - 20 seconds down on this morning's FP3 times. The intermediate tyres they're on will go off quickly since it's drizzly but not pouing.

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Lewis Hamilton is out early and will get a lap on the board here - though he's been slowed by traffic. He clocks 2:07.008 to be the fastest man of the eight who've finished a lap so far.

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We're getting the first on-board pictures, and it looks absolutely awful from the driver's eye view.

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The first car round is Maldonado - the very long lap here means a very long out lap to get a lap on the board. A couple of mistakes for anyone could end up being costly.

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All the teams have a decision to make: the weather is bad but forecast good tomorrow. There's a chance some teams may just set up for the dry and sacrifice grid position.

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Q1 is under way! The rain is easing off slightly, but nobody knows when or indeed if it'll get worse again.

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'Get a lap on the board and we'll take it from there' Pastor Maldonado is told over the radio. Good advice and no doubt every driver is being told the same.

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Latest reports are that nobody really knows what will happen with the rain, which is fairly light just now. Cars are queueing up to get out there as soon as the clock starts for Q1...

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The big news is that the rain is coming down at Spa Francorchamps! Anything can happen in the next hour...

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Welcome to our LIVE coverage of the qualifying session for the Belgian Grand Prix.