(CNN) — Following a year of disappointments and playing catchup to Mercedes, to get Ferrari that there appears to be light at the end of the tunnel.
Charles Leclerc drove brilliantly to make pole position for the third time in his fledgling career, with teammate Sebastian Vettel qualifying in second to secure a front row lockout to the Italian manufacturer in Belgium.
The Monegasque driver was streets ahead of the competition, completing more than seven-tenths of Lewis Hamilton in third and a second ahead of Vettel .
Ferrari is with no Grand Prix win in the 12 races thus far this season — with a totally dominant Mercedes winning 10 of those — and it has been the Red Bull of Max Verstappen that has supplied Mercedes’ challenge in recent months.
“It felt good, the first sector wasn’t quite what we needed, but from the second corner onwards we were very robust and it felt great,” Leclerc told Sky Sports. “We will need to work on our race pace somewhat, but I believe we should be strong tomorrow.”
Regardless of Ferrari’s victory questions are very most likely to be asked of Vettel’s functionality and how his junior teammate was completed so much behind by the four-time world champion.
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It has been more than a year because the German won a racecoming this time last season at Spa, however despite announcing his final qualifying laps were “mess” he pipped Hamilton to second place by just 0.015 seconds.
It was a busy qualifying session that saw motorists queuing up to begin their flying laps and in one point, Hamilton had to brake sharply to avoid swerving to the back of teammate Valtteri Bottas.
“In the end it’s fine we procured the very first row,” Vettel told Sky Sports. “I had been in the queue which doesn’t assist but no excuses, we anticipate the race tomorrow and we’ve got good speed from the car — it was a lot better today.”
That Hamilton was able to compete Saturday was a miracle in itself, after a big crash at the final practice session made his automobile and in need of repairs.
The Brit paid tribute at his garage that was able to receive his car race prepared so quickly to the group.
“FP3 (third practice) was a terrible session for me personally and of course it’s painful since you know how many worked to create those parts and that many people place the car together,” Hamilton told Sky Sports.
“However, my men back in the garage are all faultless, always give 100% and I’m so grateful to them for getting me back out here. I was attempting to pay back them with a great qualifying session,” he said.
He added:”Ferrari have done a wonderful job now but I expect we could bring the battle to them ”
It’s the second time this year Ferrari has had a front row lockout; at Bahrain, Leclerc had been denied victory after his car lost power with just a few laps.
The 21-year-old will undoubtedly be hoping the third time is the charm as he bids for a Grand Prix win in Formula One.

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