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Max Verstappen vows to keep breaking F1 records after front row in Belgium

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SPA-FRANCORCHAMPS, Belgium -- Max Verstappen has vowed to continue re-writing the Formula One record book after securing the first front row start of his career for the Belgian Grand Prix.

A super lap at the start of Q3 was enough to secure second for Verstappen, who finished the session 0.149s off pole man Nico Rosberg. It means he is the youngest man to ever start on the front row -- earlier this year he became F1's youngest winner with his stunning maiden Spanish Grand Prix victory.

Asked what it meant to break another record, the 18-year-old replied: "To be honest actually not that much, I'm just very happy to be on the front row in Spa, in front of my fans. I mean it's great to break a record but I want to break other records."

Verstappen -- who sat out most of the morning session with an electrical glitch -- did not feel he had maximised the performance of the car in Q3 but thinks the same can be said of Rosberg and Mercedes.

"You can always do a better job but I think also Nico could have done a better lap, it's always when you put everything together but I think in the end to be so close to them on a track with some long straights, we can be very pleased with that.

"The whole weekend has been very smooth, even though I had some issues this morning but from there on, the mechanics did a great job and in qualifying the car was working really well as you could see in sector two, so I'm very pleased to be second here in front of my fans, it's just a great motivation when you see them next to the track."

Asked if he could have found more pace with a clean FP3, he said: "That's always very difficult to say. It just gives you a better reference straight away.

"But anyway we should be on our limits quite easily and after one run in Q1 it was there again. So maybe, maybe not."

With no Dutch Grand Prix on the calendar, this weekend is effectively a home race for Verstappen, with a legion of Dutch fans flocking to the Spa-Francorchamps circuit. A bumper crowd in excess of 70,000 is expected on Sunday.