It was the 32-year-old Briton’s first pole in 60 races for the Woking-based team, who endured a tough time, particularly in qualifying during the first half of the season.
The 2009 champion clocked a best lap time of the historic Spa Francorchamps circuit in one minute 47.573 seconds, edging out Japanese Kamui Kobayashi of Sauber by two tenths of a second who became the first Japanese driver in history to qualify on the front row. Champion Sebastian Vettel of Red Bull will have to start from the fifth row Sunday.
Meanwhile, Venezuelan Pastor Maldonado was on Saturday found guilty of blocking German rival Nico Hulkenberg during qualifying for the Belgian Grand Prix and relegated from third on the grid to sixth. The Williams driver baulked German Hulkenberg of Force India during the Q1 session in qualifying.
Di Resta in Top 10
Sahara Force India’s Paul di Resta qualified 10th on the grid while his teammate Nico Hulkenberg will start Sunday’s Belgian Grand Prix in the 12th position.