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.
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