Jenson Button took pole position for the Belgian Grand Prix at Spa on Saturday afternoon, beating Kamui Kobayashi by three-tenths. The Sauber driver thus equals the best ever qualifying for a Japanese driver in F1, matching Takuma Sato’s front row in the European Grand Prix at the Nürburgring in 2004. Pastor Maldonado was third for Williams ahead of Kimi Raikkonen’s Lotus, Sergio Perez’s Sauber and Fernando Alonso’s Ferrari. Mark Webber qualified seventh but will drop back because of a penalty, leaving Lewis Hamilton seventh on the grid, ahead of Romain Grosjean and Paul di Resta. Sebastian Vettel will start 10th.