Giancarlo Fisichella put himself firmly in the shop window for a possible Ferrari drive at Monza next month after handing Force India F1 its first pole position in grand prix racing.
The Italian, having topped Q1, returned to the head of the timesheets late in the ten-minute third phase, toppling countryman Jarno Trulli and denying Toyota its second pole of the season. Fisichella is among those being touted as a potential replacement for Luca Badoer - and, by dint, the injured Felipe Massa - alongside Kimi Raikkonen at the Scuderia at the next round of the season, and may just have earned a late call-up to his dream drive after showing resilience at Spa.
Trulli duly claimed second spot as Toyota showed another upturn in its roller-coaster season, while Nick Heidfeld's season-best third for BMW Sauber created the most unexpected top three in a long time.
Rubens Barrichello rubbed further salt into Brawn team-mate Jenson Button's Q2 wounds by claiming fourth spot, the best-placed of the championship contenders, while Robert Kubica rounded out the top five on a good afternoon for the soon-to-depart BMW team.
Early pacesetter Kimi Raikkonen, Timo Glock, Sebastian Vettel, Mark Webber and Nico Rosberg completed the top ten, the two Red Bull runners just a handful of rows ahead of title rival Button, but crucially behind the resurgent Barrichello.
Full report and results to follow...