Lewis Hamilton took pole position for Sunday's Belgian Grand Prix with a lap time of 2.01.012 in changing conditions at Spa.
Just at this time of Q3, it started drizzling and everyone except Force India's Paul di Resta came out of the pits on slick tyres. The aim was to get a good lap in dry conditions before it starts to get wet. However, as the drivers completed the out lap, they found out at the track was a bit too wet for slicks, forcing them to pit for inters on the same lap.
Meanwhile, Paul di Resta came out straight on intermediate tyres, setting a lap of 2.0.232 on the board. At that stage it looked like he had done exactly the right thing as by the time other drivers had done their pit stop and completed their out lap, it got too wet.
Most of the people including Force India thought his pole position was secure and they brought him in. But this gamble, unfortunately didn't pay off for Force India, as the rain started to ease off right at the end of the session and times tumbled, forcing Di Resta down into P5 on the grid.
Hamilton, who was the last person to cross the line took pole, ahead of the two Red Bulls of Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber. Nico Rosberg ended the session in fourth ahead of Di Resta and Jenson Button. The Lotus' and Ferraris failed to make advantage of the drying track at the end of the session and will occupy row 4 and five of the grid. Romain Grosjean led them with a lap time of 2.03.081. Kimi Raikkonen was a tad slower in 8th ahead of Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa.
Marussia and Caterham progress from Q1
Similarly weather conditions occupied Q1 and Marussias of Jules Bianchi and Max Chilton and Caterham of Giedo Van der Garde made most of it to make it into Q2. With the track drying in last 10 minutes of the sessions, the trio chose to move to slick tyres. The gamble paid off and they made into Q2 at the expense of Williams and Toro Rosso.
Several drivers in Q1 switched to fresh intermediates at the end of the session and looked to have an edge over the rest. But Mercedes and Ferraris were able to put on some good laps right at the end of the session on old rubber to escape an unwanted Q1 exit.
An 'ordinary' Q2
Q2 saw much less drama, though the track did getter better every lap. Lewis Hamilton narrowly escaped a Q2 exit as he finished the session 10th faster. Hulkenberg and Sutil were not so lucky and their start the race from row 6, ahead of McLaren's Sergio Perez, Caterham's Giedo van der Garde and the Lotus pair of Jules Bianchi and Romain Grosjean.