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And Rosberg takes pole position at Spa from Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel as Hamilton makes a couple of small errors on his final lap. It’s seven poles for Rosberg. Vettel is third from Alonso, Ricciardo, Bottas and Magnussen. Raikkonen, Massa and Button round off the top ten.

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FINAL MINUTE: Rosberg still quickest from Hamilton and Vettel but time for it to change…

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Rosberg also on new inters and this will be a straight fight for pole. Vettel third from Alonso and Raikkonen.

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Hamilton pits for new inters. He knows where he has to make the time up.

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Rosberg has outqualified Hamilton for the past six grands prix. Can he do something about it…

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Indeed he does go second behind his teammate. They’re comfortably quicker than everyone else, some three seconds clear of Vettel.

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Hamilton down in 7th but on a tidier lap now, should improve…

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It’s Rosberg from Vettel, Alonso, Massa and Hamilton. But things will change quickly.

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And Rosberg goes fastest as Hamilton backs out of the lap, saying his car is pulling to one side slightly.

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Rosberg and Hamilton lapping very close to one another on the track, the former slightly quicker.

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Looks like it will be a straight fight between the Merc boys. They’ve been the form horses all day, and all season.

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The circuit is dry now and could stay that way for the rest of the session.

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Q3 underway: And Vettel leads the queue of those hunting a quick lap, followed by the two Mercedes.

 

SESSION OVER: And the casualties are Kvyat, Vergne, Perez, Sutil, Grosjean and Bianchi and Vettel and Button scrape through at the death.

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ONE MINUTE REMAINING: And Kvyat goes 8th. It puts Magnussen out of the top ten.

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Seeing slight improvements in the times. The first sector drying out slightly.

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Both Raikkonen and Alonso with fresh inters. The track getting slightly better. Magnussen in danger…

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Hamilton still fastest from Rosberg, Alonso and Bottas. Looks like the major contenders are safe. Button and Magnussen on the cusp.

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Button saying he wants a new pair of gloves. Not that much time left.

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Everyone still on the inters. Outside the top ten are Kvyat, Perez, Sutil, Grosjean, Bianchi and Vergne.

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HAMILTON QUICKEST: he sets the fastest time in the middle sector. The times are getting faster so false information from Perez’s pits perhaps.

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Rosberg goes quickest but Hamilton on a quick lap. Massa and Raikkonen 13th and 14th.

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Another outstanding lap from Bottas. He briefly goes quickest before being eclipsed by Alonso. Button jumps to fourth as Grosjean spins. Track not deteriorating that badly after all.

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And Massa goes second quickest. He’ll be relieved. Button right on the cusp in 10th.

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The rain coming down a lot heavier now. Massa, Raikkonen and Riccciardo outside the top ten…

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A real scramble to set quick times now with bad weather imminent. Crucial stage of the session.

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Segrio Perez told this run could be the fastest of the session with more rain expected. The only car in the pits is Vergne. They’re all on inters.

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Romain Grosjean leads the cars out, followed by Button.

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Q2 UNDERWAY: It’s still too wet for slicks and the track is not drying quickly. Intermediates the order of the day again for this session. We will lose a further six cars this session.

 

So Pastor Maldonado will start the race from 17th, a place ahead of Hulkenberg. Not where they want to be. Chilton is 19th ahead of Gutierrez, Lotterer and Ericsson.

 

Hulkenberg saying that his brakes getting colder and that he lost all confidence.

 

SESSION OVER: And the big hitters to miss out are Maldonado and Hulkenberg. Magnussen makes it by the skin of his teeth in 16th. Jules Bianchi has got his Marussia into Q2. Great driving.

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ONE MINUTE REMAINS: Maldonado spins and he will miss Q2. Button and Magnussen struggling…

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And Bianchi goes 10th with a great lap. Button and Magnussen 11th and 12th…

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Nico Rosberg told that light rain is expected shortly. Magnussen pops into 10th. Button still in trouble.

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Hamilton quickest from Rosberg, Vettel and Ricciardo. All of the usual suspects sailing through to Q2. Button and Massa 11th and 12th.

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Raikkonen moves out of the drop zone. Almost the entire field on intermediates now.

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Raikkonen has popped in and back out on the intermediates. He should be fine but runs wide through the top of Eau Rouge!

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Gutierrez has stopped at turn 15. Having a miserable season.

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Intermediates certainly the quicker tyres now. Ericsson and Lotterer propping up the times. Both Lotuses and Raikkonen out of the top ten still.

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Rosberg goes second quickest on the intermediates and that should do unless the circuit dries rapidly.

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Hamilton quickest from Ricciardo, Bottas and Button. Rosberg, Alonso and Raikkonen still outside the top ten.

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HAMILTON FASTEST: He tells his team not to speak to him during the lap! Despite locking up and running off, he’s still quickest.

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Ricciardo now the fastest man on the track, on the intermediates. Bottas second from Button. Hamilton locks up and overshoots on the intermediates. Getting interesting.

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Now Bottas goes fastest on the full wets with a 2.10.750.

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So Kvyat goes fastest but is usurped by Vergne.

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Kvyat runs wide at Rivage, not a lot of grip out there.

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The forecast is for more rain towards the end of Q1. Ferraris also on the full wets.

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The Marussias are followed out by the two Caterhams and Toro Rossos. The track now very busy. Hamilton out on the intermediate, Massa on the full wets.

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Q1 underway. Looks like intermediates will be the tyres to start with on a rapidly drying circuit. Marussias out first on the intermediates.

12.55

FIVE MINUTES TO Q1: The good news is that the rain has abated and the sun is out. The circuit can dry extremely quickly here.

12.50 

Finn Valtteri Bottas was quickest of all in the final session of free practice in his Williams, ahead of Daniel Ricciardo and Nico Rosberg. But with the heavens opening, it could make for a very interesting session, if indeed it gets underway on time. Absolutely teeming down here!

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Hello and welcome to our LIVE coverage of the all-important qualifying session for the Belgian Grand Prix. Q1 begins at 13.00 BST.