Nico Rosberg beat Lewis Hamilton’s run of five pole positions after going fastest in qualifying for this weekend’s Spanish Grand Prix. Both drivers have looked evenly matched throughout the weekend.
Hamilton told reporters “Nico did a great job…I don’t know if I really have the balance (of the car) where I would like it but I did my best with it and I think tomorrow there is a lot to play for.”
Rosberg said “It’s just fantastic to be on pole because on this track it is particularly important. It is very difficult to overtake here so it is a big advantage for tomorrow.”
Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel was third and William’s Valtteri Bottas was fourth. McLaren’s promise of a step forward came true as Spaniard Fernando Alonso made it into Q2 along with his team-mate Jenson Button for the first time this season. They qualified 13th and 14th respectively.
Another Spaniard Carlos Sainz, beat his team-mate Max Verstappen to fifth place. Kimi Raikkonen had a disappointing day only qualifying in seventh place, splitting the Red Bulls of Daniil Kyvat and Daniel Ricciardo.
The odds of Rosberg breaking his team-mates current run of winning the last three out of four races are boosted as the race has been won by eight different winners over eight seasons.
While Will Stevens out qualified his Spanish team-mate for the third race in a row. Both Lotus’s of Romain Grosjean and Pastor Maldonado failed to make it into Q3 and both Force India’s failed to make Q2.