F1 2015 Spanish Grand Prix qualifying result: Hamilton qualifies on front row

PUBLISHED: 14:09 09 May 2015 | UPDATED: 14:30 09 May 2015

Lewis Hamilton in practice ahead of the 2015 Spanish Grand Prix [Picture: Mercedes-Benz]

Lewis Hamilton in practice ahead of the 2015 Spanish Grand Prix [Picture: Mercedes-Benz]

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Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton will start from the front row after qualifying for the 2015 Spanish Grand Prix in Barcelona.

The 30-year-old Mercedes driver from Hertfordshire was second fastest in qualifying at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya today (Saturday).

His Silver Arrows colleague Nico Rosberg will line-up on pole position, after ending Hamilton’s run of four successive poles this year.

Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel qualified third on the grid behind yet another Mercedes front-row lockout.

Hamilton qualified on pole in Spain last year, and subsequently won the race ahead of Rosberg.

2015 Spanish Grand Prix qualifying result

1 Nico Rosberg (Mercedes) 1:24.681

2 Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) +0.267

3 Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari) + 0.777

4 Valtteri Bottas (Williams) + 1.013

5 Carlos Sainz (Toro Rosso) + 1.455

6 Max Verstappen (Toro Rosso) +1.568

7 Kimi Raikkonen (Ferrari) + 1.733

8 Daniil Kvyat (Red Bull) + 1.948

9 Felipe Massa (Williams) +2.076

10 Daniel Ricciardo (Red Bull) + 2.089

However, Rosberg claimed provisional pole position after the first runs today with a time of 1m 24.681s, with Hamilton two-tenths slower.

Hamilton was unable to improve his time with his final hot lap, and Rosberg took the honours, with both his times faster than his Mercedes team-mate.

It is Rosberg’s first pole of the 2015 season and his 16th in F1.

Overtaking is notoriously difficult around the Spanish circuit, with 18 of the 24 Grands Prix staged at the Circuit de Catalunya being won from pole position, which is the highest ratio of any track on the calendar – including Monaco.

Circuit de Catalunya: The race

* Start time: 14.00 (local) / 13.00 (BST).

* Race distance: 66 laps (full world championship points awarded after 75% distance/49.5 laps).

* 2014 winner: Lewis Hamilton.

* 2014 pole position: Lewis Hamilton 1m25.232s 196.616km/h.

* 2014 fastest lap: Sebastian Vettel 1m28.918s 188.466km/h.

* Chances of a Safety Car: Low. There have been five Safety Car periods since 2003 and four of those were for first-lap incidents.

* Don’t put the kettle on… Between laps 18-20 and 40-43. Last year’s race was won using a two-stop strategy. The medium-compound tyre was the preferred race tyre, with most cars using the harder compound late in the race for a short dash to the flag.

* Weather forecast: The long-term forecast looks good, with temperatures in the low-20s. The chance of rain is low.

Looking ahead to Sunday’s race, Hamilton said: “There’s still a lot to play for.”

Vettel qualified third this lunchtime, with Valtteri Bottas fourth for Williams.

The Toro Rosso pair of Carlos Sainz and Max Verstappen were fifth and sixth in the provisional qualifying results.

Rosberg had earlier gone quickest in Q2, ahead of Hamilton and Kimi Raikkonen.

However, Finnish Ferrari driver Raikkonen could only finish seventh fastest in Q3, with Red Bull’s Daniil Kvyat eighth.

Williams driver Felipe Massa and Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo were ninth and 10th respectively.

The McLaren-Honda team again failed to qualify for the top 10 shootout, with Brit Jenson Button 14th.

The 2015 Spanish Grand Prix will start at 1pm on Sunday.


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