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Lewis Hamilton beats Nico Rosberg to pole in Spain as Ferrari falls behind Red Bull

Lewis Hamilton beats Nico Rosberg to pole in Spain as Ferrari falls behind Red Bull
May 14, 2016, 2:15 PM

Lewis Hamilton beat his Mercedes Formula 1 teammate Nico Rosberg to pole position in qualifying for the Spanish Grand Prix, as the Red Bull drivers...

Lewis Hamilton beat his Mercedes Formula 1 teammate Nico Rosberg to pole position in qualifying for the Spanish Grand Prix, as the Red Bull drivers demoted Ferrari to the third row of the grid.

Hamilton produced a lap of 1m22.000s to claim his third pole of 2016, but only after he locked up dramatically at Turn 10 on his first flying lap in Q3.

However, the world champion did not let that setback disrupt his second lap and he improved to end up 0.280s clear of Rosberg, who won from pole position at this race last season.

Spanish Grand Prix

Speaking after the session, Hamilton said: "[I’m] very, very happy with getting the lap. Nico has been very strong all weekend so it was crucial that bit-by-bit, a stepping-stone, I’ve been really trying to put the pace together.

“I want to say a big thank you to the team [and] all the guys back at the factory for working so hard over the last two weeks to really try to rectify the issues that we’ve had.

“This is three out of three for me, so I’m pretty happy. I didn’t get to compete in the last two qualifying sessions so I’m very happy with it and very grateful. The car was great, yesterday was a bit of difficult day so to be able to start the on the right foot today is the best thing.”

Nico Rosberg

Rosberg said: “For sure I’m disappointed to be second, I wanted to be first today, of course, but Lewis was just quicker in qualifying today and that’s it.

“Fortunately, it’s the race that counts so there is still a couple of opportunities tomorrow, the start for example, and then strategy-wise it’s not going to be an easy race tomorrow. [I’ll] try and take my chances there.”

Daniel Ricciardo, who only completed one flying lap in Q3, will start third, one place in front of his new teammate Max Verstappen, who had been second after the first laps in the final segment had been completed before he was shuffled back to fourth.

Daniel Ricciardo

Kimi Raikkonen beat Sebastian Vettel to fifth place but the Ferrari drivers were not expecting to be so far behind Mercedes or Red Bull before qualifying had begun, and the Finn’s lap was ultimately 1.113s adrift of Hamilton’s best.

Valtteri Bottas was seventh for Williams, just ahead of Carlos Sainz, who was eighth for Toro Rosso in front of his home fans, with Sergio Perez ninth for Force India.

Fernando Alonso rounded out the top ten in his McLaren, which represents the first time the British team has had a car reach Q3 since it renewed its engine partnership with Honda at the start of 2015.

Fernando Alonso

Nico Hulkenberg qualified 11th for Force India, just ahead of Jenson Button in the second McLaren and Daniil Kvyat, who will start 13th in his race since his return to Toro Rosso.

Romain Grosjean will line up 14th, with Kevin Magnussen 15th for Renault and Grosjean’s Haas F1 teammate Esteban Gutierrez one row behind the Frenchman in 16th.

Jolyon Palmer

Jolyon Palmer was knocked out at the very end of Q3 when Button improved with the final lap of that segment. The Renault driver will start 17th, just ahead of Felipe Massa, who blamed traffic for not completing a clean first lap and was then not left with enough time to try again, meaning the Brazilian became the highest profile driver to be eliminated in the first part of the session.

Marcus Ericsson beat his Sauber teammate Felipe Nasr to 19th, with Pascal Wehrlein and Rio Haryanto bringing up the rear in 21st and 22nd for Manor.

Pascal Werhlein

Spanish Grand Prix Qualifying results:

1 Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes 1m22.000s,

2 Nico Rosberg, Mercedes 1m22.280s, +0.280s

3 Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull 1m22.680s, +0.680s

4 Max Verstappen, Red Bull 1m23.087s, +1.087s

5 Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari 1m23.113s, +1.113s

6 Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari 1m23.334s, +1.334s

7 Valtteri Bottas, Williams 1m23.522s, +1.522s

8 Carlos Sainz, Toro Rosso 1m23.643s, +1.643s

9 Sergio Perez, Force India 1m23.782s, +1.782s

10 Fernando Alonso, McLaren 1m23.981s, +1.981s


11 Nico Hulkenberg, Force India 1m24.203s

12 Jenson Button, McLaren 1m24.348s

13 Daniil Kvyat, Toro Rosso 1m24.445s

14 Romain Grosjean, Haas 1m24.480s

15 Kevin Magnussen, Renault 1m24.625s

16 Esteban Gutierrez, Haas 1m24.778s


17 Jolyon Palmer, Renault 1m24.903s

18 Felipe Massa, Williams 1m24.941s

19 Marcus Ericsson, Sauber 1m25.202s

20 Felipe Nasr, Sauber 1m25.579s

21 Pascal Wehrlein, Manor 1m25.745s

22 Rio Haryanto, Manor 1m25.939s

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