Charles Leclerc and Sebastian Vettel set the highest top speeds in qualifying for the 2019 Belgian GP at the Spa Francorchamps and established themselves as favorites for pole position and victory in Monza, where they will have additional edge with new, more powerful specification of their power unit.
QUALIFYING TOP SPEEDS
Speed trap is set 30 meters after the Turn 4.
Vettel and Leclerc took first place on all four measurements and first two places on the finish line and at the end of the first sector (end of the Kemmel straight, 145 meters before Les Combes) where they were around 10 km/h faster than Mercedes.
RACE TOP SPEEDS
The speeds after Eau Rouge (speed trap) and at the end of the first sector (end of the Kemmel straight) are higher in the race due to the impact of slipstream, but in qualifying drivers were clearly faster at the finish line and at the end of the second sector (between turns 14 and 15) due to new tyres, low fuel and aggressive engine maps.
QUALIFYING BEST SECTOR TIMES
Ferrari dominates the first and third and Mercedes the second sector of the Spa Francorchamps, which is a direct consequence of the different levels of downforce they use. Leclerc gained over Vettel in the third sector where he was nearly two tenths faster, which means he was faster through the last chicane since it is the only corner in the last sector that is not taken flat.