Hamilton claims pole in Spain

Lewis Hamilton take pole position for Sunday’s Spanish Grand Prix. The season is turning into a race between Mercedes and then everyone else and since we’re focusing on two cars that are more than one second faster than everyone else, the numbers are like this for pole positions:

Hamilton: 4

Rosberg: 1

The session also saw the Lotus team “Pastorized” once again with Maldonado’s crash in Q1 and it also corroborated Ferrari’s poor form at the circuit which Fernando Alonso tried to warn his Spanish fans about prior to the weekend. The grid looks like this for Sunday’s race:

1 Lewis Hamilton (Gbr) Mercedes GP 1min 25.232secs,

2 Nico Rosberg(Ger)Mercedes GP 1:25.400,

3 Daniel Ricciardo(Aus)Red Bull 1:26.285,

4 Valtteri Bottas(Fin)Williams 1:26.632,

5 Romain Grosjean(Fra)Lotus F1 Team 1:26.960,

6 Kimi Raikkonen(Fin)Ferrari 1:27.104,

7 Fernando Alonso(Spa)Ferrari 1:27.140,

8 Jenson Button(Gbr)McLaren 1:27.335,

9 Felipe Massa(Bra)Williams 1:27.402,

10 Sebastian Vettel(Ger)Red Bull No Time,

11 Nico Hulkenberg(Ger)Force India 1:27.685,

12 Sergio Perez(Mex)Force India 1:28.002,

13 Daniil Kvyat(Rus)Scuderia Toro Rosso 1:28.039,

14 Esteban Gutierrez(Mex)Sauber-Ferrari 1:28.280,

15 Kevin Magnussen(Den)McLaren No Time,

16 Jean-Eric Vergne(Fra)Scuderia Toro Rosso No Time,

17 Adrian Sutil(Ger)Sauber-Ferrari 1:28.563,

18 Max Chilton(Gbr)Marussia 1:29.586,

19 Jules Bianchi(Fra)Marussia 1:30.177,

20 Marcus Ericsson(Swe)Caterham 1:30.312,

21 Kamui Kobayashi(Jpn)Caterham 1:30.375,

22 Pastor Maldonado(Ven) Lotus F1 Team No Time

The upswing is that Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo is still doing well and has clawed to within one second of the Mercedes team. His teammate and 4-time champion Sebastian Vettel stopped in Q3 with apparent transmission issues which prompted big cheers from the crowd.

Max Chilton handed his teammate and both Caterhams their backsides in qualifying and was a well deserved 18th. Also in the good news category, Lotus’s Romain Grosjean found some pace in the struggling car and managed to place 6th ahead of Ferrari.

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