Having already picked up a five-place grid penalty for a geabrox, Nico Rosberg's Belgian Grand Prix weekend went from bad to worse when he was the big name to fall in the first phase of qualifying.

The Mercedes man had lost time on track after morning practice when he was forced to park up with his gearbox stuck in sixth and the loss of time hit him hard when the session kicked off as he proved unable to make it past the opening stage of the session.

His time of 1min 50.181secs saw him fall just shy of knocking the Lotus of Romain Grosjean out at the first stage, with Grosjean having lost time on his final qualifying runs when he ran off track and was then held up behind the HRT of Narain Karthikeyan.

Alongside Rosberg, Heikki Kovalainen, Vitaly Petrov, Timo Glock, Pedro de la Rosa, Charles Pic and Karthikeyan all dropped out at the first hurdle.

At the front, Pastor Maldonado's Williams was quickest ahead of the McLaren of Jenson Button and Nico Hulkenberg's Force India.

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