Hamilton put in a stunning lap to claim his first pole since the Spanish Grand Prix in May by over a quarter of a second from his Mercedes teammate Rosberg.
The pole position comes at a vital time for the 2008 world champion as he trails Nico Rosberg by 29 points after their controversial collision in Belgium which resulted in Hamilton retiring and Rosberg finishing second.
After the race Hamilton stated that Rosberg admitted in the team debrief that he had failed to prevent the collision to make a point to Hamilton after a series of incidents throughout the season. Rosberg has since been fined by the team and both Niki Lauda and Toto Wolff have told the media that they found his actions unacceptable as it cost the team a one-two finish.
On Friday Hamilton’s bad luck looked to be continuing as he had to sit out the majority of free practice two as the team worked on a electrical issue with his car. However, despite significantly less time on the track Hamilton managed put in a lap that was only 6 hundredths slower than that of his teammate.
Issues affected the other side of the garage on Saturday morning as Nico Rosberg suffered from a gear box problem in free practice three. However the team managed to send him out into qualifying without having to change his gearbox and therefore no penalty was applied to his time.
Qualifying proved to be an entirely Mercedes powered affair as the battle emerged between Williams and Mercedes for the front row of the grid. Valtteri Bottas continued the formidable form he has shown all season but was only able to gain third place on the grid with a time that was over half a second slower than Hamilton with his teammate Felipe Massa gaining fourth.
Ron Dennis stated on Saturday that “McLaren are back” and Kevin Magnussen and Jenson Button highlighted this improved form by gaining fifth and sixth on the grid.
Fernando Alonso managed seventh place in front of the Tifosi crowd while his teammate Kimi Raikkonen was unable to make it through to the final session gaining eleventh place after Daniil Kyvat’s ten place grid penalty for changing a power unit element.
Lining up behind the prancing horse are the Red Bull’s of Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo in eighth and ninth. The weekend showed an improvement for Sebastian Vettel as he out-qualified his young teammate Ricciardo, the last race winner at Spa.
1. Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1.24.109
2. Nico Rosberg Mercedes +0.274
3. Valtteri Bottas Williams +0.588
4. Felipe Massa Williams +0.756
5. Kevin Magnussen McLaren +1.205
6. Jenson Button McLaren + 1.270
7. Fernando Alonso Ferrari +1.321
8. Sebastian Vettel Red Bull + 1.327
9. Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull +1.600
10. Sergio Perez Force India + 1.835
11. Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari
12. Jean-Eric Vergne Torro Rosso
13. Nico Hulkenberg Force India
14. Adrian Sutil Sauber
15. Esteban Gutierrez Sauber
16. Pastor Maldonado Lotus
17. Romain Grosjean Lotus
18. Kamui Kobayashi Caterham
19. Jules Bianchi Marussia
20. Max Chilton Marussia
21. Daniil Kyvat Torro Rosso (After a ten place grid penalty for changing his engine)
22. Marcus Ericsson Caterham