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  1. Grosjean surprised with P4 in Belgian GP qualifying, drops to ninth with grid penalty

    Aug 22, 2015, 4:00 PM EDT

    xxxx during the Formula One Grand Prix of Hungary at Hungaroring on July 26, 2015 in Budapest, Hungary.

    Grosjean charges to his best qualifying result since the 2013 United States Grand Prix on Saturday at Spa.

  2. Perez targeting podium after qualifying fifth at Spa

    Aug 22, 2015, 2:15 PM EDT

    xxxx during practice for the Formula One Grand Prix of Belgium at Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps on August 21, 2015 in Spa, Belgium.

    Perez narrowly misses out on a top-three grid slot, but remains buoyant after finishing fifth on Saturday at Spa.

  3. Mistake on Q3 lap leaves Vettel eighth on Belgian GP grid

    Aug 22, 2015, 1:00 PM EDT

    Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany steers his car during the qualifying session at the Spa-Francorchamps circuit, Belgium, Saturday, Aug. 22, 2015. The Belgium Formula One Grand Prix will be held on Sunday. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)

    Ferrari limps to its worst qualifying display of the 2015 season so far at Spa.

  4. Bottas enjoys perfect qualifying en route to P3 in Belgium

    Aug 22, 2015, 12:15 PM EDT

    Williams driver Valtteri Bottas of Finland steers his car to set the third fastest time during the qualifying session at the Spa-Francorchamps circuit, Belgium, Saturday, Aug. 22, 2015. The Belgium Formula One Grand Prix will be held on Sunday. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)

    Bottas finishes as the best of the rest behind the Mercedes drivers, securing third place on the grid for tomorrow’s Belgian Grand Prix.

  5. McLaren’s Belgian GP grid penalty total rises to 105 places

    Aug 22, 2015, 10:50 AM EDT

    McLaren driver Jenson Button of Britain steers his car during the first practice session at the Spa-Francorchamps circuit, Belgium, Friday, Aug. 21, 2015. The Belgium Formula One Grand Prix will be held on Sunday. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)

    Further changes to the power units on Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button’s cars lead to further grid penalties for McLaren.

  6. Rosberg hoping to take advantage of new start rules at Spa

    Aug 22, 2015, 10:30 AM EDT

    Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg of Germany steers his car during the third free practice at the Spa-Francorchamps circuit, Belgium, Saturday, Aug. 22, 2015. The Belgium Formula One Grand Prix will be held on Sunday. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)

    Rosberg will start tomorrow’s Belgian Grand Prix from second place, but hopes that he can take the lead by virtue of the new rules for race starts.

  7. Hamilton delighted with qualifying performance at Spa as he clinches FIA Pole Trophy

    Aug 22, 2015, 10:03 AM EDT

    Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain salutes after winning the qualifying session at the Spa-Francorchamps circuit, Belgium, Saturday, Aug. 22, 2015. Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg of Germany finished on the second place, Williams driver Valtteri Bottas of Finland finished third. The Belgium Formula One Grand Prix will be held on Sunday. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)

    Hamilton delighted with his performance in qualifying for the Belgian Grand Prix at Spa, bouncing back from a tough Friday.

  8. Hamilton storms to tenth pole position of 2015 in Belgium

    Aug 22, 2015, 9:10 AM EDT

    Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain steers his car during the first practice session at the Spa-Francorchamps circuit, Belgium, Friday, Aug. 21, 2015. The Belgium Formula One Grand Prix will be held on Sunday. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)

    Hamilton storms to his tenth pole position of the 2015 season at Spa, winning himself the FIA Pole Trophy for 2015.

  9. WATCH LIVE: Belgian GP qualifying on CNBC and Live Extra from 8am ET

    Aug 22, 2015, 7:45 AM EDT

    Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain steps in his car in the pits during the second practice session at the Spa-Francorchamps circuit, Belgium, Friday, Aug. 21, 2015. The Belgium Formula One Grand Prix will be held on Sunday. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)

    Can Lewis Hamilton score his tenth pole position of the season at Spa on Saturday? Find out on CNBC and Live Extra from 8am ET.

  10. Hamilton strikes back to top final Belgian GP practice

    Aug 22, 2015, 6:02 AM EDT

    Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain steers his car during the second practice at the Spa-Francorchamps circuit, Belgium, Friday, Aug. 21, 2015. The Belgium Formula One Grand Prix will be held on Sunday. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)

    Hamilton beats Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg by half a second to top FP3 on Saturday morning.

  11. Pirelli: No structural issues with tires in Rosberg blowout

    Aug 22, 2015, 5:32 AM EDT

    Mercedes AMG mechanics cover the tyre of German driver Nico Rosberg's car in the pits during the second practice session at the Spa-Francorchamps circuit, Belgium, Friday, Aug. 21, 2015. The Belgium Formula One Grand Prix will be held on Sunday. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)

    Pirelli confirms that Rosberg’s blowout was caused by a cut on his right-rear tire, stemming from an external body.

  12. WATCH LIVE: FP3 for the Belgian Grand Prix on Live Extra from 5am ET

    Aug 22, 2015, 4:45 AM EDT

    Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg of Germany steers his car during the second free practice at the Spa-Francorchamps circuit, Belgium, Friday, Aug. 21, 2015. The Belgium Formula One Grand Prix will be held on Sunday. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)

    Rosberg goes in search of a clean sweep in practice on Saturday morning.

  13. Maldonado and Ericsson left frustrated by Spa practice crashes (VIDEO)

    Aug 21, 2015, 3:00 PM EDT

    The race car of crashed Lotus driver Pastor Maldonado of Venezuela is carried off the track during the first practice session at the Spa-Francorchamps circuit, Belgium, Friday, Aug. 21, 2015. The Belgium Formula One Grand Prix will be held on Sunday. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)

    Both Pastor Maldonado and Marcus Ericsson ended a practice session in the wall at Spa on Friday.

  14. Ricciardo upbeat after strong practice showing in Belgium

    Aug 21, 2015, 2:00 PM EDT

    Red Bull driver Daniel Ricciardo of Australia steers his car during the first practice session at the Spa-Francorchamps circuit, Belgium, Friday, Aug. 21, 2015. The Belgium Formula One Grand Prix will be held on Sunday. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)

    Ricciardo finished third in FP1 and FP2 on Friday at Spa as Red Bull finished ahead of both Ferrari and Williams in practice.

  15. Hamilton left with work to do in bid to catch Rosberg at Spa

    Aug 21, 2015, 1:00 PM EDT

    Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain steers his car during the first practice session at the Spa-Francorchamps circuit, Belgium, Friday, Aug. 21, 2015. The Belgium Formula One Grand Prix will be held on Sunday. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)

    Hamilton admits that he is lagging behind so far at Spa despite seeing his teammate suffer a loss of power and a tire blowout during practice on Friday.

  16. Rosberg: Pure luck I didn’t crash after tire failure (VIDEO)

    Aug 21, 2015, 11:55 AM EDT

    Mercedes AMG mechanics cover a tire of Nico Rosberg of Germany his car in the pits during the second practice session at the Spa-Francorchamps circuit, Belgium, Friday, Aug. 21, 2015. The Belgium Formula One Grand Prix will be held on Sunday. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)

    Rosberg finished quickest in both FP1 and FP2 at Spa on Friday, but suffered an unexplained tire blowout in the second session.

  17. Alonso and Button hit with 55 places worth of grid penalties for Belgian GP

    Aug 21, 2015, 10:48 AM EDT

    SPA, BELGIUM - AUGUST 21:  Fernando Alonso of Spain and McLaren Honda drives  during practice for the Formula One Grand Prix of Belgium at Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps on August 21, 2015 in Spa, Belgium.  (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)

    After racking up 50 places in Austria, McLaren goes five better this weekend.

  18. Rosberg on top again in FP2 at Spa, but suffers frightening rear tire failure

    Aug 21, 2015, 9:31 AM EDT

    Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg of Germany steers his car during the first practice session at the Spa-Francorchamps circuit, Belgium, Friday, Aug. 21, 2015. The Belgium Formula One Grand Prix will be held on Sunday. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)

    Rosberg edges out Hamilton, but sees his session come to an early end after suffering a right-rear tire failure at high speed.

  19. WATCH LIVE: FP2 for the Belgian Grand Prix on NBCSN and Live Extra from 8am ET

    Aug 21, 2015, 7:45 AM EDT

    xxxx during practice for the Formula One Grand Prix of Belgium at Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps on August 21, 2015 in Spa, Belgium.

    Join us on NBCSN and Live Extra from 8am ET for all of the action from Spa-Francorchamps.

  20. Rosberg quickest in opening Belgian GP practice

    Aug 21, 2015, 5:32 AM EDT

    SPA, BELGIUM - AUGUST 21:  Nico Rosberg of Germany and Mercedes GP during practice for the Formula One Grand Prix of Belgium at Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps on August 21, 2015 in Spa, Belgium.  (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

    First blood to Rosberg in FP1 at Spa-Francorchamps as Pastor Maldonado crashes out.

  21. WATCH LIVE: FP1 for the Belgian Grand Prix on Live Extra from 4am ET

    Aug 21, 2015, 3:45 AM EDT

    SPA, BELGIUM - AUGUST 20:  Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP sits in his car in the garage during previews to the Formula One Grand Prix of Belgium at Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps on August 20, 2015 in Spa, Belgium.  (Photo by Charles Coates/Getty Images)

    F1’s summer break comes to an end at Spa-Francorchamps on Friday morning with first practice for the Belgian Grand Prix, live on Live Extra from 4am ET.

  22. F1 Paddock Pass: Belgian Grand Prix (VIDEO)

    Aug 20, 2015, 7:10 PM EDT

    xxxx during previews to the Formula One Grand Prix of Belgium at Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps on August 20, 2015 in Spa, Belgium.

    As F1 returns from its summer break, Will Buxton brings you all of the latest news and analysis from the paddock at the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium.

  23. Rosberg: Still all to play for in F1 championship race

    Aug 20, 2015, 3:00 PM EDT

    xxxx during previews to the Formula One Grand Prix of Belgium at Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps on August 20, 2015 in Spa, Belgium.

    Rosberg heads into the second half of the 2015 season trailing Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton by 21 points at the top of the championship standings.

  24. Raikkonen confident he and Ferrari can do “great things” together after contract extension

    Aug 20, 2015, 2:00 PM EDT

    Ferrari driver Kimi Raikkonen of Finland, center, arrives in the paddock at the Spa-Francorchamps circuit, Belgium, Thursday, Aug. 20, 2015. The Belgium Formula One Grand Prix will be held on Sunday. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)

    Ferrari confirmed on Wednesday that Raikkonen would remain with the team for the 2016 season.

  25. Hamilton: Mercedes has a fight on its hands with Ferrari

    Aug 20, 2015, 1:00 PM EDT

    Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain addresses the media at the Spa-Francorchamps circuit, Belgium, Thursday, Aug. 20, 2015. The Belgium Formula One Grand Prix will be held on Sunday. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)

    Hamilton refusing to rest on his laurels as championship leader heading into the second half of the 2015 season.