Lewis Hamilton beat his Mercedes team mate Nico Rosberg to take pole position for tomorrow’s Spanish Grand Prix. The world champion was just over a quarter of a second faster than Rosberg to take his second pole of the season. While Daniel Ricciardo out qualified his new teammate Max Verstappen in the Red Bull.
It was a brilliant drive from both the Red Bull’s to out qualify both of the Ferrari’s. Hamilton who had struggled with reliability problems in the past few races and needs to start closing the gap to his teammate. This weekend through practice he had be struggling in the final sector but when it mattered he delivered.
Hamilton had been on cause for an even faster lap run earlier in the session until he hit the brakes too late and ran wide at turn 10 putting him behind Rosberg and Verstappen.
Ferrari Kim’s Raikkonen starts fifth after losing out to the Red Bull’s on track.
The Italian team who appear to be overall the second fastest team had looked able to challenge Mercedes after they were fastest in third practice this morning. Sebastian Vettel who qualified fifth told BBC News he believed Ferrari had made a mistake in the preparation of their car, but did not yet know what it was.
“We have proved in all sessions that we were quite competitive and currently we don’t understand. Something made us fall out of the window. We lost quite a lot of competitiveness.” Said Vettel
Verstappen who was in his first qualifying for Red Bull put in an impressive result to qualify fourth behind Riccardo. It was a difficult session for Williams with Valtteri Bottas only managing seventh and his team-mate Felipe Massa failing to get out of Q1.
Massa told Sky Sports “I had traffic on my first lap and then we didn’t have enough time to go out again.” The Brazilian says Williams didn’t give him enough time to do a second run. Normally the Pirelli tyres need two laps to reach their best temperature.
Carlos Sainz out qualified Daniil Kvyat going eightieth fastest while Kvyat on his return to Toro Rosso could only manage thirteenth. Sergio Perez was ninth ahead of Fernando Alonso.
Alonso got McLaren through to their first Q3 session since they returned to Honda power last season. This gives the team a much needed boost and shows that the team are beginning to head in the right direction.
Jenson Button couldn’t manage to use the new front wing to get through he has struggled through-out this weekend to find balance on the rear of his car all weekend.
Button told BBC News “I had a floaty rear weekend all weekend, which is not a nice thing and I had to adapt to it. I’m not used to it. It got it all right in the end but Fernando has been very quick all weekend and did a top job to get into Q3.”
Romain Grosjean was 14th for Haas, ahead of Renault’s Kevin Magnussen and Esteban Gutierrez in the second Haas.