F1 Belgian Grand Prix 2020 LIVE: Sainz OUT with exhaust failure, Hamilton breaks TRACK RECORD for pole – latest updates – The Sun

LEWIS HAMILTON secured pole for the Belgian Grand Prix with a stunning performance in qualifying.

The Brit starts ahead of team-mate Valtteri Bottas and Red Bull's Max Verstappen after setting a new track record at Spa.

But one man who won't be starting at all is Carlos Sainz, whose McLaren suffered an exhaust failure before the race started.

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Follow all the latest build-up ahead of the big race on Sunday below…

  • IN MEMORY OF ANTHOINE

    The motorsport world is remembering Anthoine Hubert this weekend – the F2 driver who was tragically killed at this circuit last year.

    The Frenchman died after a collision with Juan Manuel Correa, and the world of car racing is still mourning his death.

    There was a minute's silence just now in memory of Hubert with all the drivers gathered round a giant sticker of him on the track.

    RIP Anthoine.

  • RACISM STAND

    The F1's end racism message just took place again.

    Same as before – seven drivers stood up while the rest took a knee.

  • IN THE MIX

    Daniel Ricciardo on starting from 4th, speaking to Sky Sports: “We've had some strong Fridays and sometimes backed it up on Saturdays but not all the time.

    “4th and 6th is the best Renault team qualifying in quite a while so it put a smile on our face yesterday.

    “It's just nice to start at the front and to be able to diagonally see the pole sitter, it's nice to be in there.”

  • WEATHER WATCH

    There are a few clouds in the sky in Belgium.

    There's an outside chance of rain, and it would certainly spice things up if one of those clouds were to burst…

  • BREAKING

    Carlos Sainz is out of the race before it's even begun.

    The McLaren has an exhaust failure.

    Awful for Carlos.

  • PIT LANE OPEN

    We're about 30 minutes away from the action now…

  • TEAMS' STANDINGS

    And things going very well for Mercedes in this regard as well.

  • DRIVERS' STANDINGS

    Here's how things look heading into race 7 of 17.

    A very healthy lead for pole sitter Lewis Hamilton.

  • TURN 5

    Valtteri Bottas has earmarked turn 5 to try and make a move on Lewis Hamilton on the opening lap.

    He told Sky Sports: “Starting second can have the advantage into turn 5. It's over 1.5km into turn 5 so that will be a great opportunity.

    “For many drivers it's most likely its going to be a one-stop strategy. We think race pace wise, Red Bull will be very strong.”

  • FOLLOW THE LEADERS

    Max Verstappen didn't sound very optimistic about catching Mercedes.

    He told Sky Sports: “We'll find out through the race how competitive we are. We will try and follow them and see what happens.

    “A win will be very tricky but we'll see. I think we have to just focus on ourselves and get the best out of the tyres and the cars then see how we end up.”

  • POINTS MAKE PRIZES

    Charles Leclerc speaking to Sky Sports: “I think we are struggling more than what we thought at the beginning but today is a new day and we'll try and do the best possible.

    “It's going to be difficult but the goal is to try and get some points and we'll give everything to get in there.”

  • 'VERY DIFFERENT'

    Sebastien Vettel speaking to Sky Sports about Monza: “Next weekend won't be easy but first of all we focus on today and try and score some points.

    “Monza will be very different without the support of the fans and it will be very different for us too.”

  • FERRARI WOE

    The mess at Ferrari goes on.

    18 times they've won around this track but there's very very little chance of that being added to today.

    Leclerc and Vettel start from 13th and 14th respectively. Embarrassing for both Ferraris to miss out on Q3 yesterday.

    This is probably the one season they're happy there won't be any fans at Monza next week.

  • LEW SALUTE

    Hamilton will be on pole when the lights go out in just over an hour from now.

    It's the 93rd pole position of his career and he paid tribute to Black Panther actor Chadwick Boseman, who sadly died of cancer.

  • DESERT STORM

    F1 have released details of a second race in Bahrain where records will be smashed – all under the night sky.

    The Sakhir circuit will host two GPs later in the year with the second instalment on December 6, raced around the outer track and after sunset.

    F1 predict that a lap for qualifying will take just 55 seconds, while in race trim the cars will still be lapping at under a minute a lap.

    The 3.543km track has just 11 corners and is the second-shortest on the calendar behind Monaco.

  • 2020 CALENDAR

    Since the last race, we have had the full calendar for the 2020 season confirmed.

    There will be 17 races in all with the season closing in Abu Dhabi on December 13.

    After today we'll be in Italy for back-to-back weeks at Monza and Mugello.

    Then there will be European races in Russia, Germany, Portugal, Italy again and Turkey before the roadshow heads to the Middle East.

    Bahrain has a double header on Nov 29 and Dec 6 – and the season finishes a week later in the UAE.

  • RACE DAY

    Yes, it's race day everyone.

    Round 7 of the 2020 World Championship is about 90 minutes away…

  • LEW BEAUTY

    The salaries for all 20 Formula One stars have been revealed, with Lewis Hamilton the top earner pocketing £42million a year.

    Mercedes star Hamilton – who tops the Sunday Times' Rich List – earns well over TWICE as much as every other F1 driver except Vettel.

    The German, who will quit Ferrari at the end of this season, takes in £37m per year – with the lowest earners pocketing just £175,000.

    It's a massive jump down to third place though, with Daniel Ricciardo – who will move to McLaren at the end of this season – way back on £16m.

    Red Bull star Max Verstappen is the only other star to break the £10m per season barrier, on £14m.

  • LEW BEAUTY

    The salaries for all 20 Formula One stars have been revealed, with Lewis Hamilton the top earner pocketing £42million a year.

    Mercedes star Hamilton – who tops the Sunday Times' Rich List – earns well over TWICE as much as every other F1 driver except Vettel.

    The German, who will quit Ferrari at the end of this season, takes in £37m per year – with the lowest earners pocketing just £175,000.

    It's a massive jump down to third place though, with Daniel Ricciardo – who will move to McLaren at the end of this season – way back on £16m.

    Red Bull star Max Verstappen is the only other star to break the £10m per season barrier, on £14m.

  • CORNERSTONE

    The new cornering analysis will enhance the experience for F1 fans.

  • NORR TO COME

    Lando Norris will line up an impressive P10 for today's Belgian GP.

    But he believed he could have been higher up had the Renault of Ereban Ocon had not been going “extremely slowly” on his out lap.

    The McLaren driver said: “Everyone's on a hot lap so there's no real rule.

    “If there's no car coming fast behind you, you can slow down pretty much.

    “It's not a blind place where we were slow, so there shouldn't be any problems.

    “I understand that he's a bit upset because he didn't have a tow on that one; I used his, so that was pretty well managed from me and the team.”

  • SPA-RTY TIME

    Team Mercedes are revved up and ready to go!

  • WEATHER FORECAST

    It's far from the summers day that we were all hoping for at Spa-Francorchamps.

    There is a strong chance of rain in the early afternoon and that is expected to continue throughout the race.

    At the start of the race, the temperature is expecting to be at around 18 degrees Celcius.

  • HOW MANY LAPS?

    The race is scheduled to complete 44 laps of Spa-Francorchamps.

    The drivers will cover a total race distance of 308.052km.

  • TODAY IS THE DAY

    Lewis Hamilton has claimed pole position for the Belgian Grand Prix.

    The Brit dominated qualifying at Spa to land pole for the 93rd pole of his illustrious career.

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