Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg has clinched pole position for the Belgian Grand Prix ahead of 18-year-old Dutchman Max Verstappen, while championship leader Lewis Hamilton will start Sunday’s race from the back of the grid.

Cheered on by a large contingent of Dutch fans, Verstappen beat Sebastian Vettel’s leading time to move into contention, only for Rosberg to beat Verstappen’s mark and clinch his 28th career pole.

“We got the job done,” said Rosberg, who is second behind Hamilton in the Formula One standings. “I’m happy to be on pole. The tires are going to be difficult, though, there will be a lot going on.”

Rosberg, who now has a great chance to close the 19-point gap on Hamilton, was more than a little relieved — especially as the hot weather conditions made it more difficult for Mercedes.

“We just weren’t quick, it is hot and Pirelli (tire) pressures are high this weekend,” said Rosberg, who will be aiming for a 20th GP win. “It’s a different world out there.”

As the unusually high temperatures reached 34 degrees Celsius (93 F), Verstappen did not disappoint some 20,000 Dutch fans in the sun-soaked crowd, missing out on pole by just .149 of a second.

“In front of all my fans, it’s such a great motivation,” Verstappen said. “To be so close to Nico on a track with long straights, we can be very pleased with that.”

After becoming the youngest winner of an F1 race with a brilliant victory in Spain earlier this season, Verstappen is now the youngest driver to qualify on the front row of the grid.

“It’s great to break records, but I want to break other records,” he said in the matter-of-fact style that underlines his cool temperament.

The previous youngest was Mexican Ricardo Rodriguez, who qualified second for Ferrari at the 1961 Italian Grand Prix, aged 19.

Kimi Raikkonen qualified .166 behind Rosberg in third, getting ahead of Vettel right at the end. Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo starts the race from fifth spot.

Xfinity Series

Michael McDowell won the NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Road America on Saturday, edging Brendan Gaughan following an overtime restart.

McDowell beat Gaughan by 0.534 seconds on an overcast, sometimes misty afternoon at the sprawling road course. The Richard Childress Racing teammates went bumper-to-bumper midway through the last lap before McDowell held on at the finish line.

A regular on NASCAR’s top Sprint Cup circuit, McDowell took his first career Xfinity checkered flag.

Truck Series

Brett Moffitt passed Timothy Peters and William Byron on the final lap to win the NASCAR Truck Series race at Michigan International Speedway on Saturday.

Peters was two laps away from what would have been his first victory of the season, but Byron nosed ahead with a lap to go, and Moffitt was then able to move to the outside and take over the lead.

Moffitt, the Sprint Cup rookie of the year last season, was making his fourth Trucks start this year in the No. 11 Toyota.