Hamilton edges out Rosberg for pole

By on Saturday, May 10, 2014

Hamilton Spain 3Lewis Hamilton claimed his fourth pole position of the season in a close scrap with Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg at the Spanish Grand Prix.

Hamilton edged out Rosberg by 0.168s to take his first pole at the track, with Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo over a second further back in third.

Valtteri Bottas took a commendable fourth place, while Romain Grosjean excelled in Q3 by qualifying in fifth position.

Ferrari had a more difficult day as Kimi Räikkönen and home favourite Fernando Alonso could manage only sixth and seventh.

Jenson Button was eighth for McLaren, while Felipe Massa was unable to match his Williams team-mate and will start from ninth.

Sebastian Vettel’s miserable weekend continued into qualifying. After sitting out most of Friday’s practice sessions, the German made it through to Q3 but his Red Bull RB10 developed a gearbox problem and he was forced to stop by the side of the circuit. He will start the race from 10th place.

Neither Force India driver progressed through to Q3 on a disappointing day for the Silverstone-based team.

Nico Hülkenberg improved slightly on his second run in Q2 but his time was only good enough for 11th, ahead of team-mate Sergio Pérez.

Daniil Kvyat was 13th for Toro Rosso, ahead of the Sauber of Esteban Gutiérrez.

Kevin Magnussen was unable to set a time during Q2 due to a technical problem and as a result will start from a lowly 15th place in his McLaren.

Adrian Sutil was knocked out in Q1 despite Sauber’s improvements, while Max Chilton outqualified Marussia team-mate Jules Bianchi. Marcus Ericsson narrowly pipped Caterham rival Kamui Kobayashi, although all four Marussia and Caterham drivers qualified slower than the time set for GP2 pole position.

Pastor Maldonado had been showing promising pace throughout the practice sessions but the Venezuelan endured a torrid session. Maldonado lost control of his Lotus E22 t turn three on his first flying lap in Q1 and hit the inside wall, sustaining substantial damage to the right front side of his car.

Jean-Éric Vergne will start from the very back of the grid after failing to set a time in the second segment of qualifying. The Frenchman carried a 10 place penalty into the session after his STR9 lost a wheel during the second practice session on Friday.

144Lewis HamiltonMercedes1:27.2381:26.2101:25.23216
26Nico RosbergMercedes1:26.7641:26.0881:25.40019
33Daniel RicciardoRed Bull Racing-Renault1:28.0531:26.6131:26.28516
477Valtteri BottasWilliams-Mercedes1:28.1981:27.5631:26.63217
58Romain GrosjeanLotus-Renault1:28.4721:27.2581:26.96018
67Kimi RäikkönenFerrari1:28.3081:27.3351:27.10418
714Fernando AlonsoFerrari1:28.3291:27.6021:27.14016
822Jenson ButtonMcLaren-Mercedes1:28.2791:27.5701:27.33518
919Felipe MassaWilliams-Mercedes1:28.0611:27.0161:27.40216
101Sebastian VettelRed Bull Racing-Renault1:27.9581:27.052No time11
1127Nico HulkenbergForce India-Mercedes1:28.1551:27.68513
1211Sergio PerezForce India-Mercedes1:28.4691:28.00216
1326Daniil KvyatSTR-Renault1:28.0741:28.03912
1421Esteban GutierrezSauber-Ferrari1:28.3741:28.28012
1520Kevin MagnussenMcLaren-Mercedes1:28.389No time10
1625Jean-Eric VergneSTR-Renault1:28.194No time6
1799Adrian SutilSauber-Ferrari1:28.5639
184Max ChiltonMarussia-Ferrari1:29.5866
1917Jules BianchiMarussia-Ferrari1:30.1776
209Marcus EricssonCaterham-Renault1:30.3128
2110Kamui KobayashiCaterham-Renault1:30.3756
2213Pastor MaldonadoLotus-RenaultNo time2

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