Verstappen Edges out Piastri in a Wet Sprint Shootout

July 29, 2023Ramon Jones
Formula 1

The rain continued to fall at Spa Franchorchamps during the Sprint Shootout. The drivers took to the track despite early rumors that the Belgian Grand Prix could be cancelled due to safety concerns. The session had mixed conditions. Max Verstappen finished his pole claiming lap with just 4 seconds left on the clock for the session. He set a 1m 49.056s which was 0.011 seconds faster than Oscar Piastri who’s McLaren has come to life in the last few race weekends.

Verstappen stated the following to, “It was good enough. Just tricky conditions, you don’t want to make big mistakes so I think the lap was okay – I just didn’t risk too much in the second sector where it was still a bit damp, and it was just enough for first so that’s good. If it’s going to be wet, dry, also if it’s wet, how you’re going to survive with the wet tires or the intermediates. So a lot of question marks still but we’ll figure it out along the way.”

Carlos Sainz (Ferrari) claimed third place ahead of teammate Charles Leclerc in fourth. Lando Norris finished fifth to round out the top 5. The Sprint race will take place later today and will be the first opportunity of the weekend to score championship points.

Elsewhere on the Grid

It was a nightmare of a qualifying for the Aston Martins as both Fernando Alonso and Lance Stroll failed to make it to Q3 and finished behind both Williams cars. Lance Stroll crashed out of Q2 and Alsonso did not start the session.

Lance Stroll crashes in Q2 during the Sprint Shootout Qualifying session for the Belgian Grand Prix Sprint Race. Photo by Zak Mauger/Motorsport Images

Daniel Ricciardo (Alpha Tauri) once again out qualified his teammate Yuki Tsunoda. His pace appears to be improving as he gets more acclimated with the car. Second place driver’s championship sitter Sergio Perez has his work cut out for him as he will start from P8. Perez finished nine tenths behind his teammate Verstappen. Below are the results from the shootout that will set the grid for the sprint race later this afternoon.

2023 Belgian Grand Prix Sprint Shootout Results

1Max VerstappenOracle Red Bull Racing
2Oscar PiastriMcLaren F1 Team
3Carlos SainzScuderia Ferrari
4Charles LeclercScuderia Ferrari
5Lando NorrisMcLaren F1 Team
6Pierre GaslyBWT Alpine F1 Team
7Lewis HamiltonMercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team
8Sergio PerezOracle Bull Racing
9Esteban OconBWT Alpine F1 Team
10George RussellMercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team
11Daniel RicciardoScuderia AlphaTauri
12Alex AlbonWilliams Racing
13Logan SargeantWilliams Racing
14Lance StrollAston Martin Aramco Cognizant Formula One Team
15Fernando AlonsoAston Martin Aramco Cognizant Formula One Team
16Yuki TsunodaScuderia AlphaTauri 
17Valtteri BottasAlfa Romeo F1 Team Stake
18Kevin MagnussenMoneyGram Haas F1 Team
19Zhou GuanyuAlfa Romeo F1 Team Stake
20Nico HulkenbergMoneyGram Haas F1 Team