Max Verstappen was undoubtedly the fastest in the Formula 1 Belgian Grand Prix classification, with a time of 1m43.665s, but it will be Carlos Sainz who will occupy the first position on the starting grid at the Spa-Francorchamps circuit due to the penalty to the Dutchman, who will start from behind after changing the engine unit of his Red Bull.
"I'm happy, but I don't like the difference with Red Bull. We have to find out why there is such a difference in speed. Starting from first place is important and we'll try to win tomorrow," said the Ferrari driver from Madrid, who doesn't trust Sergio Pérez, second, nor Verstappen despite leaving in the caboose.
In addition to the current champion, six other drivers were sanctioned for changing parts of their cars, a circumstance that Fernando Alonso also took advantage of to convert his sixth fastest time into third place. The Spaniard benefited from the penalties against Charles Leclerc and Esteban Ocon, fourth and fifth respectively on the asphalt.