Barcelona: Lewis Hamilton delivered a lap of searing speed on Saturday to claim his fourth pole position of the season as Mercedes swept the front row for today's Spanish Grand Prix.
Three to tango: Mercedes' Nico Rosberg (left) and Lewis Hamilton with Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo (right). Pic/Getty Images.
The 2008 world champion clocked a majestic fastest lap in one minute and 25.232 seconds to outpace team-mate Nico Rosberg by 0.168 seconds. It was his first pole in Spain and the 35th of his career.
On a track where eight of the last 10 races have been won from pole and 21 of the last 23 events won by a driver starting on the front row, Hamilton’s achievement made him a favourite to extend his winning streak to four in a row.
Australian Daniel Ricciardo took third place on the grid for Red Bull after his team-mate, defending four-time world champ Sebastian Vettel, qualified only 10th after suffering a drive failure early in the final session. Finn Valtteri Bottas qualified fourth for a resurgent Williams team ahead of Frenchman Romain Grosjean of Lotus and Kimi Raikkonen in the leading Ferrari.
Two-time former champion Fernando Alonso was seventh in the second Ferrari, Jenson Button was eighth for McLaren and Felipe Massa ninth ahead of Vettel.
Bad day for Force India
Force India drivers failed to make Q3 for the first time this season after Nico Hulkenberg and Sergio Perez set the 11th and 12th fastest times respectively. Hulkenberg, who is fourth in the drivers’ standings missed Q3 by being a tenth of a second slower than Alonso.
Perez finished three tenths slower than Hulkenberg. Force India are third in the team standings ahead of Ferrari and McLaren.
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