F1 2014 Spanish Grand Prix qualifying result: Hamilton claims pole position for Mercedes
PUBLISHED: 14:28 10 May 2014 | UPDATED: 12:46 11 May 2014
Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton claimed his fourth pole position of the season after qualifying fastest for the 2014 Spanish Grand Prix ahead of Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg.
2014 Spanish Grand Prix Qualifying result
Provisional grid positions
1 Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)
2 Nico Rosberg (Mercedes)
3 Daniel Ricciardo (Red Bull)
4 Valterri Bottas (Williams)
5 Romain Grosjean (Lotus)
6 Kimi Raikkonen (Ferrari)
7 Fernando Alonso (Ferrari)
8 Jenson Button (McLaren)
9 Felipe Massa (Williams)
10 Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull) *
(* Will start 15th after five-place grid penalty for gearbox change)
The 29-year-old Mercedes AMG Petronas star from Hertfordshire will line-up at the front of the grid at the Circuit de Catalunya near Barcelona on Sunday.
He snatched pole with a lap of 1m 25.232s, with Rosberg less than two-tenths of a second (0.168s) behind in second place as the Silver Arrows pair completed another Mercedes front row lockout.
The Mercedes F1 W05 Hybrid has now taken pole at five out of five races in 2014, including two front row lockouts. Today’s result also marks Hamilton’s ninth pole for the team and the 35th of his Formula One career.
Hamilton said: “I’m overwhelmed to get pole position because I’ve had a pretty tough day in the car, particularly after yesterday went so well.
“I was really happy on Friday and we changed a couple of small things overnight, just the tiniest of tweaks. But it was a real handful today because track conditions had changed.
“Nico [Rosberg] had a strong P3 and first two sessions of qualifying, so we were making small adjustments to the differential to try and make improvements to how the car was handling for Q3.
“On that final run, I really had to eke out everything and more from the car and myself to get pole and I’m so happy that I managed it.
“The hard work from the team and the development step we have made this weekend are totally inspiring for me – I haven’t experienced this level of performance before.”
Circuit de Catalunya – the stats you need
* Race distance: 66 laps (307.104km/190.825 miles)
* Start time: 1400 (local)/1200 (GMT)
* Circuit length: 4.655km/2.892 miles
* 2013 winner: Fernando Alonso (Ferrari F138) 66 laps in 1hr39m16.596s (185.605km/h)
* 2013 pole: Nico Rosberg (Mercedes W04) 1m20.718s (207.611km/h)
* Lap record: Kimi Raikkonen (Ferrari F2008) 1m21.670s (205.191km/h)
Looking ahead to tomorrow’s grand prix, Hamilton added: “I’ve never won at this circuit and I would love to, because my support in Barcelona has been growing every year and I have some amazing fans here in Spain. We are going to give it everything we can tomorrow to get the win.”
Rosberg’s qualifying time of 1m 25.400s was 0.8secs ahead of Daniel Ricciardo’s Red Bull in P3. Valerri Bottas placed his Williams fourth in the provisional qualifying results in Spain.
The top 10 shootout had earlier been briefly red-flagged after Sebastian Vettel stopped on the track with a problem with his gearbox, and Hamilton was lucky to avoid the Red Bull as the world champion pulled over.
Following that near miss, Hertfordshire-born Hamilton laid down the earlier marker when the session restarted with an opening hot lap of 1m 26.288s to go P1.
That put him on provisional pole ahead of Robserg on a 1m 26.561s, with Fernando Alonso in third at that point.
Both Mercedes drivers went quicker with their final runs and Daniel Ricciardo stole P3 from Spaniard Alonso with a 1m 26.285s.
The Red Bull driver will start third on the grid with Williams driver Valterri Bottas alongside him on the second row.
Romain Grosjean took fifth place for Lotus ahead of the Ferraris of Kimi Raikkonen and Fernando Alonso.
Jenson Button qualified eighth in his McLaren ahead of Felipe Masssa and the unfortunate Vettel, who didn’t post a time.
Force India’s Nico Hulkenberg and Sergio Perez will start 11th and 12th respectively.
Rosberg had earlier had the edge over his Silver Arrows colleague in the first two phases of qualifying, with Hamilton not happy with his Mercedes car.
The German world championship leader topped the Q2 timesheets ahead of Hamilton, with Daniel Ricciardo third and Felipe Massa fourth.
But Hamilton recorded the fastest lap when it mattered to snatch pole.
The 2014 Grand Prix of Spain starts at 1pm BST on Sunday.
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