F1 2013 Spanish Grand Prix qualifying result: Hamilton scorches to front row

PUBLISHED: 14:12 11 May 2013 | UPDATED: 16:38 12 May 2013

Lewis Hamilton qualified on the front row of the 2013 Spanish Grand Prix as Mercedes colleague Nico Rosberg took pole position [Picture: Mercedes-Benz]

Lewis Hamilton qualified on the front row of the 2013 Spanish Grand Prix as Mercedes colleague Nico Rosberg took pole position [Picture: Mercedes-Benz]

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FORMULA 1 driver Lewis Hamilton will start the 2013 Spanish Grand Prix from second place on the grid after the Mercedes team completed a front row lockout in qualifying at the Circuit de Catalunya near Barcelona.

The 28-year-old Mercedes F1 star from Hertfordshire was fastest in the first two phases of qualifying today (Saturday), before snatching second place on the grid in the deciding Q3.

Hamilton will line-up on the front row in Spain alongside Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg, who recorded a scorching hot lap of 1m 20.718s to take P1.

It was Rosberg’s second successive pole position after Bahrain, and the Silver Arrows’ third in a row after Hamilton also took pole in China.

Hamilton, the 2008 F1 world champion, set a time of 1m 20.972s to finish behind Rosberg.

Lewis Hamilton at the 2013 Spanish Grand Prix [Picture: Mercedes-Benz}Lewis Hamilton at the 2013 Spanish Grand Prix [Picture: Mercedes-Benz}

Sebastian Vettel was third in the provisional qualifying results for Red Bull with a lap of 1m 21.054s.

Kimi Raikkonen was fourth in qualifying for Lotus ahead of the Ferraris of Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa.

Massa was later hit with a three-place grid penalty for impeding Webber and will start ninth.

Both Mercedes drivers used three sets of option tyres during qualifying and saved four fresh sets of the prime compound for the race

2013 Spanish Grand Prix qualifying result

Spanish Grand Prix qualifying result: (top 10):

1 Nico Rosberg (Mercedes)

2 Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)

3 Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull)

4 Kimi Raikkonen (Lotus)

5 Fernando Alonso (Ferrari)

6 Felipe Massa (Ferrari)

7 Romain Grosjean (Lotus)

8 Mark Webber (Red Bull)

9 Sergio Perez (McLaren)

10 Paul Di Resta (Force India)

After completing Mercedes’ first front-row lockout since the 2012 Chinese Grand Prix, Hamilton said: “A great job by the team and I’m so happy that we got a one-two qualifying result today. It’s a real bonus for us to be so high up, and that’s all down to the hard work that the team have put into this car, I can’t thank them enough.

“Of course, I’d like to be one place higher but Nico did an awesome job and really nailed his lap. I’ve not been totally happy with the balance of my car all weekend, even today, so we need to look at it this evening and see what we can do for the race.”

After out-qualifying Hamilton, Rosberg said: “It’s a great feeling to be on pole again. So far this weekend has been very positive and it’s a pleasure to see that the team is improving and fighting through the problems together.

“I know everyone back at the factory and at home will have been watching this afternoon and it’s a great feeling for all of us. However, we know that this is only half of the job completed and have the painful memory of what happened in Bahrain to prove that.”

2013 Spanish Grand Prix grid positions

Revised Spanish Grand Prix grid positions (top 10 only):

1 Nico Rosberg (Mercedes)

2 Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)

3 Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull)

4 Kimi Raikkonen (Lotus)

5 Fernando Alonso (Ferrari)

6 Romain Grosjean (Lotus)

7 Mark Webber (Red Bull)

8 Sergio Perez (McLaren)

9 Felipe Massa (Ferrari) *

10 Paul Di Resta (Force India)

* Three-place grid penalty

Mercedes newcomer Hamilton had earlier gone fastest in Q1 on medium tyres with a lap of 1m 21.728s.

That placed him P1 on the timesheets ahead of Mercedes AMG Petronas colleague Nico Rosberg, who was second quickest with a 1m 21.913s, also on mediums. Sebastian Vettel was third in the first phase of qualifying.

Hamilton suffered a small lock-up on his opening flying lap in Q2 and the top five after the first run was Alonso, Raikkonen, Rosberg, Massa and Grosjean.

Hertfordshire-born Lewis went out for another one-lap flying run with just minutes to go and set a personal best in the first sector of 22.7s.

Ahead of him, Vettel and Webber went first and fourth respectively, with 4/10ths covering the top seven at that point.

However, Hamilton produced a mighty last sector to go P1 with a stunning 1m 21.001s – a massive 0.601seconds ahead of his neares rival.

Vettel was second on a 1m 21.602s, with Alonso, Raikkonen and Webber completing the top five. Rosberg was sixth with a time of 1m 21.776s.

Hamilton’s former team McLaren didn’t do so well with Jenson Button down in 14th place and missing the top 10 shootout.

The 2013 Spanish Grand Prix starts at 1pm on Sunday.


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