(CNN) — Following a year of disappointments and playing catchup into Mercedes, to get Ferrari there appears to be light at the end of the tunnel.
Charles Leclerc drove to earn pole position with teammate Sebastian Vettel qualifying second to secure a front row lockout for the Italian producer in Belgium.
The youthful Monegasque driver has been streets ahead of their competition, completing more than seven-tenths of Lewis Hamilton in the third and a second ahead of Vettel party.
Ferrari is without a Grand Prix win at the 12 races thus far this season — with a totally dominant Mercedes and it’s been Max Verstappen that has supplied Mercedes’ biggest challenge in recent weeks’ Red Bull.
“It felt great, the first sector wasn’t quite what we needed, but from the next corner onwards we were very strong and it felt great,” Leclerc told Sky Sports. “We need to focus on our race speed a bit, but I believe we ought to be strong tomorrow.”
Despite Ferrari’s victory questions are very likely to be requested of Vettel’s functionality and the way the world winner completed so much behind his teammate.
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It’s been over a year since the German won a racecoming this time last season at Spa, despite acknowledging his final qualifying spins were “mess” he pipped Hamilton to second position by just 0.015 seconds.
It turned out to be a chaotic qualifying session which saw drivers queuing up to start off their laps that are flying and in one stage, Hamilton had to brake to avoid swerving into the back of teammate Valtteri Bottas.
“In the end it’s fine we secured the very first row,” Vettel told Sky Sports. “I had been in the queue which doesn’t help but no excuses, we look forward to the race tomorrow and we’ve got great pace in the car — it was better today.”
That Hamilton was able to compete Saturday was a wonder in itself, after a crash in the last practice session made his automobile profoundly damaged and in need of serious repairs.
The Brit paid tribute in his garage that managed to receive his car race prepared so fast to the group.
“FP3 (third practice) was a dreadful session for me personally and of course it’s painful because you know how many worked to create those components and who many people place the car together,” Hamilton told Sky Sports.
“But my men back in the garage have been faultless, always give 100% and I’m so thankful to them to get me back out here. I was hoping to pay them back with a good qualifying session,” he explained.
He added:”Ferrari have done a wonderful job today but I trust we can bring the battle to them tomorrow.”
It’s the second time this season Ferrari has had a front row lockout; after his car lost power with just a couple laps 34, at Bahrain, Leclerc has been denied certain victory.
The 21-year-old will hope the third time is the appeal as he bids to get a Grand Prix win in Formula One.

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