Slideshow: Hamilton surprised at qualifying spot

PUBLISHED: 12:11 27 April 2008 | UPDATED: 22:17 26 October 2009

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LEWIS Hamilton will start today s Spanish Grand Prix from the third row of the grid. The 23-year-old McLaren marvel could only clock the fifth fastest time in Saturday s qualifying session at the Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona. Despite behind happy wit

Lewis Hamilton

LEWIS Hamilton will start today's Spanish Grand Prix from the third row of the grid.

The 23-year-old McLaren marvel could only clock the fifth fastest time in Saturday's qualifying session at the Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona.

Despite behind happy with the set-up of his car during the opening laps of qualifying, Hamilton was unable to secure a front row spot as he battles to get his season back on track.

Hamilton, who was second in Barcelona last year, couldn't understand why the McLarens were slightly off the pace.

"I am actually quite surprised that we are not higher up the grid as the car felt very good, and I put in some strong laps," said the Tewin tyro afterwards.

"Throughout qualifying one and two the car felt extremely well balanced, but it's so close which means that it will be an exciting race."

The Ferrari of reigning world champion

Kimi Räikkönen will start from pole with Hamilton's former McLaren team-mate Fernando Alonso second in his Renault.

Ferrari's Felipe Massa and BMW Sauber driver Robert Kubica were third and fourth fastest yesterday afternoon.

They were fractionally ahead of Hamilton and his McLaren colleague Heikki Kovalainen in fifth and sixth positions respectively.

In the third part of Saturday's qualifying, Lewis set a quickest time of 1 minute 22.096 seconds.


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