FORMULA ONE – Sainz to start Belgian Grand Prix from pole

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Spaniard Carlos Sainz (Ferrari) will start the Formula One Grand Prix of Belgium from pole thanks to a grid penalty that dropped reigning champion Max Verstappen (Red Bull) down to P15 despite the Dutchman’s dominant performance in Saturday’s qualifying session at Spa-Francorchamps.

In fact, seven drivers were affected by penalties and the starting grid for Sunday’s race diverges significantly from the results of the qualifiers.