Belgian GP: Lando Norris shocked after Max Verstappen hilariously jokes about qualifying

Max Verstappen produced a scintillating display during qualifying in Belgium.

Lando Norris and Max Verstappen had a hilarious interaction after the Dutchman dominated qualifying at the 2022 Belgian Grand Prix.

Verstappen and Norris both received engine penalties ahead of the weekend that will see them start at the back, but they have joined by a multitude of others.

Mick Schumacher, Zhou Guanyu, Esteban Ocon and Charles Leclerc also took a grid drop for introducing new parts to their pool, while Valtteri Bottas received a 15-place penalty.

The Finn will start 14th as a result after he qualified 20th, with Verstappen and Leclerc 15th and 16th respectively having qualified first and fourth.

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Norris chose not to set a representative lap time in Q3 as he wound up 10th, so he will start the race 18th behind Ocon, who initially set the fifth fastest lap time in qualifying.

The race will be an exciting one, with Verstappen coming through the field in his superior Red Bull car, which had a distinguishable advantage over Ferrari on Saturday.

The reigning champion, as well as Sergio Perez, had looked quicker than Carlos Sainz and Leclerc throughout practice, and it was thought that they might be able to replicate that in qualifying.

However, Perez struggled to get a clean lap in during the final session, so Sainz’s scrappy final did not cost him second, which ultimately translated to pole for the race.

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However, the Spaniard ended up six tenths of a second behind Verstappen, as he used his terrific ability, coupled with the enormous straight-line speed of his Red Bull, to take pole by a comfortable margin.

He did so having set one run at the start of the session before jumping out of the car.

After the session, Verstappen caught up with his good friend Norris, who was relatively surprised when he looked at the timing screens.

“Only six tenths ahead,” joked Norris.

“With one run,” replied Verstappen.

“You only did one?!” said an exasperated Norris before walking away as the pair chuckled.

Verstappen holds an 80-point advantage over Leclerc heading into the 14th round of the championship, with Red Bull 97 clear of Ferrari.