Qualifying

Hello and welcome to ESPN's live coverage of qualifying for the 2017 Belgian Grand Prix.

Raikkonen topped this morning's practice session ahead of Ferrari teammate Vettel and Mercedes' Hamilton.

The battle for pole position looks to be closer than expected with Raikkonen, Vettel and Hamilton separated by just 0.198s in FP3.

Bottas has struggled to match the pace of Mercedes teammate Hamilton so far this weekend and ended FP3 in fifth, behind the Red Bull of Verstappen.

The big news from this morning is Ferrari's announcement that Vettel has signed a new three-year deal, keeping him at the team until the end of 2020.

Renault looks to be the team to beat in the midfield with Palmer setting the seventh fastest time in FP3. Force India, Toro Rosso and McLaren will also fancy their chances of making it into Q3.

Williams has struggled for pace all weekend and its weekend has gone from bad to worse as Massa has been hit with a five-place grid penalty for ignoring double-waved yellow flags in final practice.

Hamilton is one short of Schumacher's all-time F1 pole record of 68. Today could be the day the three-time F1 champion equals this record.

After some rain this morning, it looks set to be a dry qualifying session at Spa.

Kvyat's car is currently being worked on by the Toro Rosso mechanics. His power unit is being changed before qualifying.

Blue skies at Spa, we are set for another fascinating qualifying battle between Ferrari and Mercedes.

We are minutes away from the start of qualifying. Q1 will determine positions 16 to 20 on the grid.

Q1 is now underway at Spa-Francorchamps.

Hamilton is the first driver out on track on the red-marked super-soft tyres.

Perez is out on the yellow-marked soft tyres, the hardest compound brought by Pirelli to this weekend's race.

Raikkonen is complaining of a ''massive vibration'' on the rear of his car.

Hamilton will be the first driver to set a lap time in Q1. Both Ferraris are also out on track as is Bottas in the second Mercedes.

Hamilton takes top spot with a 1:44.316, Bottas slots into second place, 0.457s off the pace.

Vettel beats Hamilton's time by just 0.041s. Raikkonen is now third fastest ahead of Bottas.

The Williams duo of Massa and Stroll have completed their first laps of Q1 and are fifth and sixth fastest.

The top two teams have opted for the super-soft tyres, with the rest of the field preferring the ultra-soft tyre.

Verstappen goes third fastest on the ultra-softs, 0.260s off Vettel's benchmark.

Every driver is out on track except the two Ferraris.

Hamilton improves his best time and displaces Vettel at the top of the timesheets.

Ricciardo slots into sixth place, 0.930s off the pace on the ultra-soft tyres.

We've yet to see times from either Renault or Kvyat in the Toro Rosso.

Palmer slots into eighth place, while Renault teammate Hulkenberg is only 11th.

The Force India is painfully slow through the middle sector - Ocon is 1.4s down on Vettel's best time through there suggesting Force India has opted for a low downforce setup, accustomed to what you will see at Monza next weekend.

Grosjean, Kvyat, Stroll, Ericsson and Wehrlein are currently in the bottom five and set to be knocked out of qualifying.

Expect a flurry of improvements from the midfield teams. Mercedes, Ferrari and Red Bull have remained in their garages.

Magnussen and Grosjean improve to ninth and 13th fastest respectively. Massa is now in the drop zone.

Alonso improves to 11th fastest in the McLaren-Honda after benefiting from Vandoorne's slipstream in sector one.

Q1 is over. Massa, Ericsson and Kvyat are on personal bests.

A late flurry of improvements from other drivers mean Massa, Kvyat, Stroll, Ericsson and Wehrlein fail to make it into Q2.

Both McLarens safely make into Q2 showing Honda's latest power unit upgrade is working as expected.

Q2 is underway. This will determine positions 11 to 15 on the grid.

Hamilton is the first man out again, this time on the ultra-soft tyres.

Raikkonen is still complaining of vibrations on the rear of his Ferrari.

The Mercedes duo and Raikkonen are currently on flying laps on the purple-marked ultra-soft tyres.

Hamilton takes top spot with a 1:43.539 ahead of Raikkonen and Bottas.

Vettel only manages P4, 0.448s off Hamilton's benchmark, which included a mistake in the final sector.

Verstappen puts his Red Bull into fourth place, ahead of Vettel. Ricciardo slots into sixth.

Ocon's first timed lap puts him P7 ahead of Perez and Alonso. Everyone running on the ultra-soft tyres.

Palmer continues to impress and goes seventh in the Renault.

After the first runs in Q2, Hamilton leads Raikkonen, Bottas, Verstappen, Vettel, Ricciardo, Palmer, Ocon, Perez and Alonso.

Hulkenberg, Magnussen, Grosjean, Sainz and Vandoorne are currently in the drop zone.

Hamilton is back out on a fresh set of ultra-soft tyres.

A clutch problem for Palmer. He's being pushed down the pit lane.

Three minutes of Q2 remaining. Both Mercedes are currently out on track on a fresh set of ultra-softs.

Both Ferraris and Red Bulls have decided to remain in the pits. Everyone else is out on track.

Q2 is over as Hamilton is the first man into the 1:42s.

Hamilton is fastest on a 1:42.927, Bottas is up to third albeit 0.322s behind.

Palmer improves and stays 7th. He makes it into Q3 with Perez, Hulkenberg, Ocon.

Out of Q2: Alonso, Grosjean, Magnussen, Sainz and Vandoorne.

Q3 is now underway at Spa. Will anyone be able to stop Hamilton?

All ten drivers are out on a fresh set of ultra-soft tyres.

Palmer's Renault has come to a halt in the final sector.

The yellow flags have been cleared.

Hamilton goes fastest and sets another lap record with a 1:42.907 ahead of Raikkonen, Bottas and Vettel.

It's P5 for Verstappen and he is 0.871s off Hamilton's provisional pole time.

After the first runs of Q3, Hamilton leads Raikkonen, Bottas, Vettel, Verstappen and Ricciardo.

Perez, Ocon and Hulkenberg have yet to leave the pits and will complete only one timed lap.

Hamilton takes to the circuit and will be the first man to complete his final run of Q3. He currently holds a 0.3s gap to Raikkonen.

Verstappen, Raikkonen and Vettel take to the circuit on new ultra-softs.

Hamilton improves his initial benchmark to a 1:42.553, a new track record.

Bottas slots into second.

Verstappen improves to fourth fastest ahead of Vettel.

Vettel beats Bottas to second, 0.242s off pole position.

Hamilton takes his 68th career pole position, moving level with Schumacher. A fantastic achievement for the Briton.

Vettel will start second ahead of Bottas, Raikkonen, Verstappen, Ricciardo, Hulkenberg, Perez, Ocon and Palmer.

An exciting qualifying session which sees Formula One's leading two title contenders starting on the front row. Join us tomorrow afternoon for ESPN's live coverage of the 2017 Belgian Grand Prix.