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Hamilton Edges Out Vettel For Belgian Grand Prix Pole

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Mercedes AMG at the 2013 Formula One Belgian Grand Prix

Mercedes AMG at the 2013 Formula One Belgian Grand Prix

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The gaps between the top drivers at the end of qualifying for the 2013 Formula One Belgian Grand Prix were very close this morning. Mercedes AMG driver Lewis Hamilton managed to prove the quickest, despite some wet conditions. Hamilton’s time for the third session was 2:01.012, which was just ahead of Red Bull Racing’s Sebastian Vettel’s time of 2:01.200.

Behind them was Vettel’s teammate Mark Webber who set a time of 2:01.325 in the rain affected session, and then it was Hamilton’s teammate Nico Rosberg fourth quickest with a time of 2:02.251.

With the two Mercedes AMG drivers and the two Red Bull Racing drivers filling out the first two rows, tomorrow’s race should prove exciting from the start.

Moving down the line, Force India’s Paul di Resta was fifth quickest and came in just ahead of McLaren’s Jenson Button. Starting at seventh tomorrow will be Lotus’ Romain Grosjean, with his teammate Kimi Räikkönen at eighth and then the two Ferraris of Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa, respectively.

Unfortunately, a weather forecast predicting rain for tomorrow’s race is unchanged. Pirelli has nominated its P Zero Orange hard and P Zero White medium compounds, though at this point it looks like the Cinturato Green intermediate and Cinturato Blue wets will be seeing more action.

Going into tomorrow’s race, Sebastian Vettel remains at the top of the Drivers’ Championship standings, with 172 points. Kimi Räikkönen is in second with 134 points and is just one ahead of Fernando Alonso in third. In the Constructors’ Championship, Red Bull Racing commands 277 points versus the 208 points of Mercedes AMG and the 194 points of Ferrari.

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