Spa-Francorchamps (Belgium): Lewis Hamilton blew away his rivals to claim his sixth straight pole position for today's Belgian Grand Prix.

Lewis Hamilton
Lewis Hamilton 

The world champion posted a best lap of one minute 47.197 seconds to leave Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg trailing in his wake by almost half-a-second.

It marked Hamilton's 10th pole from 11 races this season, and with it, an unassailable lead in the race for the pole position trophy — a title which Rosberg won last year.

Valtteri Bottas was third for Williams with Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel, winner last time out in Hungary, only ninth.

After completing a practice double on Friday, Rosberg left this historic Spa-Francorchamps circuit suggesting he was "one step ahead" of his teammate, who he trails by 21 points in the championship. But the 30-year-old German will head into today's race at least one step behind Hamilton, and perhaps a few more.

Hamilton was in a different league here. His brilliant lap around this four-mile track bordered on genius, and the gap to Rosberg will be a hammer blow to the man who is set to become a father for the first time next week.