Rosberg beats Hamilton to Spanish Pole

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Nico Rosberg has put an end to Lewis Hamilton’s run of pole positions in 2015. The German needed to recapture his pole-winning performance of 2014 and did so by taking the top spot for Sunday’s Spanish Grand Prix.

Sebastian Vettel followed Hamilton home to complete the top three positions but perhaps the highlight of the day was the qualifying performances of Carlos Sainz and Max Verstappen for Toro Rosso.

Both Toro Rosso drivers were in top ten for Sainz’s home grand prix and while their sister team, Red Bull Racing, continue to struggle with their Renault powered cars, Toro Rosso put the woes behind them and put in a stellar performance.

Williams F1’s Valtteri Bottas had a surge of pace and qualified fourth but the days gloom had to center around Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen who had a scorched set of tires in a freak tire blanket incident that left him with only one set of new tires for Q3.

Results

1 Nico Rosberg (Ger) Mercedes GP 1min 24.681secs,

2 Lewis Hamilton(Gbr) Mercedes GP 1:24.948,

3 Sebastian Vettel(Ger) Ferrari 1:25.458,

4 Valtteri Bottas(Fin) Williams 1:25.694,

5 Carlos Sainz(Spa) Scuderia Toro Rosso 1:26.136,

6 Max Verstappen(Ned) Scuderia Toro Rosso 1:26.249,

7 Kimi Raikkonen(Fin) Ferrari 1:26.414,

8 Daniil Kvyat(Rus) Red Bull 1:26.629,

9 Felipe Massa(Bra) Williams 1:26.757,

10 Daniel Ricciardo(Aus) Red Bull 1:26.770,

11 Romain Grosjean(Fra) Lotus F1 Team 1:27.375,

12 Pastor Maldonado(Ven) Lotus F1 Team 1:27.450,

13 Fernando Alonso(Spa)McLaren 1:27.760,

14 Jenson Button(Gbr)McLaren 1:27.854,

15 Felipe Nasr(Bra)Sauber-Ferrari 1:28.005,

16 Marcus Ericsson(Swe)Sauber-Ferrari 1:28.112,

17 Nico Hulkenberg(Ger)Force India 1:28.365,

18 Sergio Perez(Mex)Force India 1:28.442,

19 Will Stevens(Gbr)Manor Marussia F1 1:31.200,

20 Roberto Merhi(Spa) Manor Marussia F1 1:32.038

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Paul KieferJr

1. In the Grand Scheme of Things (TM), It seems that it’s been a constant Merceds-Ferrari battle in this pattern. When will Ferrari finally break through and score another win?
2. On the other side of the coin, McLaren finally got into Round 2. Baby steps. it’s definitely progress.

Coji

Let’s see if Vettel and Raikkonen can get another killer start. If they force out HAM and ROS, it could be that win you’re asking about.

jakobusvdl

‘Finally’ – that makes it sound like its been a bit longer than two races.
I’d been hoping that Ferrari, RBR and Williams would all have picked up and turn this into an 8 car brawl for the win.

MIE

Alonso got into Q2 last race as well. While it is a long way from where McLaren expect to be, at least they are now delivering the performance that pre-season testing indicated, and can hopefully move forward from there.

jakobusvdl

Lets see how this race goes, if the power unit holds together, I’d expect Button and Alonso to pick up a place or two (maldonado’s at least, and possibly an expiring renault, or two), so this could be a point scoring weekend for the Macca!

jakobusvdl

Well that didn’t really work out did it?
McLaren even got second prize in the ‘punt the jackman’ to Lotus.

Coji

I chose SAI to finish 10th. That may be conservative considering the track layout. It seems that Kimi and Felipe will surely overtake him. We’ll see about the rest. Gotta be better than Max and I don’t have faith in Kvyat’s car.

Profpalm

A couple of observational thoughts on livery & colors while watching qualy..
(1) the Black Widow McLaren colors look great, perhaps they can snag Orkin as a sponsor?
(2) Sauber-I finally figured out that if they branded it Sunoco and Penske, they could cross-race in retro Indy 500 events
(3) right before qualifying I was watching a old Mel Gibson film on AMC, and with all the road carnage, flipping cars and machines crashing, suddenly the ‘Mad Max’ branding on Pastor’s car seems incredibly fitting.

jakobusvdl

Nice work by Rosberg, its good to see him get the pole. I rather hoped that Ferrari snd Williams would have closed the gap on Mercedes. If toro rosso, with a Renault p.u can get themselves into 5th & 6th with a couple of newbies at the wheel, can Red Bull Racing really claim that the same p.u is the main reason for their poor performance this season? Fingers crossed that the Mclaren’s can get close enough to take out Mad Max Maldonado again :-) , and that we get lots of coverage of the 3rd through to 10th, and… Read more »

jakobusvdl

So I’m delighted, well driven Rosberg. Mercedes did a great job to get Hamilton ahead of Vettel through the tyre strategy.
Until then it was looking like track position was easily nullifying the Mercedes pace advantage, good driving by Vettel keeping Hamilton at bay for so long.
And apologises the Maldonado, his second good drive in a row, is he paying for his own damage now?

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