He may not have been able to pull it off, but Paul di Resta is delighted that his out box thinking nearly earned him pole at the Belgian GP.
With rain falling midway through the third qualifying session at Spa, the Force India driver was the first to switch to intermediate tyres and it nearly paid off.
His time of 2:02.332 immediately gave him P1 and it appeared to be unbeatable as the drizzle seemed to be getting heavier. However, the rain eased up in the final few minutes of qualifying and that allowed Mercedes and Red Bull to put in a late charge.
Lewis Hamilton eventually claimed pole with Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber second and third respectively while Di Resta was pushed down to...
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