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Nico Rosberg pips Max Verstappen to pole in Belgium

SPA-FRANCORCHAMPS, Belgium -- Nico Rosberg claimed what had looked set to be a routine pole position for the Belgian Grand Prix, edging out Max Verstappen by 0.15s in the absence of Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton.

Hamilton, set for a huge grid drop due to an engine penalty, set an obligatory lap in Q1 before returning to the pits for the rest of the session. It means the grid for tomorrow's race will likely be book-ended by two Mercedes drivers, with championship leader Hamilton set to start from the final position.

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