‘I don’t expect pole’: Verstappen tips Mercedes to hit back at Spa

Max Verstappen topped the times for Red Bull on Friday, but then forecast that he would not be fast enough…

Max Verstappen topped the times for Red Bull on Friday, but then forecast that he would not be fast enough to stop Mercedes from overhauling him to take pole position for the Belgian Grand Prix.

The Dutchman was quickest ahead of Renault’s Daniel Ricciardo as Mercedes struggled in a surprising conclusion to Friday’s second free practice.

However, he made clear he expected the champions to respond and take over at the top on Saturday.