Rosberg claims first pole of 2015 in Spanish GP qualifying

CEkOr34UsAAiroMIt will be an all-Mercedes front row in Barcelona on Sunday, but for the first time this year the man on pole will be Nico Rosberg and not world champion Lewis Hamilton, who was beaten into second by his team mate by just over a quarter of a second.

Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel in third was the only man to get within a second of the Silver Arrows. He was followed in the times by Williams’ Valterri Bottas and rookie Carlos Sainz, who delighted his home crowd with fifth in the Toro Rosso.

Team mate Max Verstappen made it an excellent session for the Italian team with seventh, ahead of Kimi Raikkonen in the second Ferrari, and the Red Bulls of Daniil Kvyat and Daniel Ricciardo, split by the Williams of Felipe Massa.

Only the two Mercedes drivers and Vettel in the Ferrari progressed into Q2 without having to use the quicker medium tyre. That second knockout phase bid farewell to the Lotus duo of Romain Grosjean and Pastor Maldonado, the re-liveried McLarens of Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button, and the second Sauber of Felipe Nasr.

It was a disastrous Saturday for Force India, with both Nico Hulkenberg and Sergio Perez eliminated in Q1, along with the Sauber of Marcus Ericsson and the Marussias of Will Stevens and Roberto Merhi, who both safely made the 107 percent requirement.

Spanish Grand Prix Qualifying Results
Pos. Car # Driver Q1 Q2 Q3 Gap Laps
1 6 Nico Roseberg 1:26.490 1:25.166 1:24.681 Leader 17
2 44 Lewis Hamiton 1:26.382 1:25.740 1:24.948 -3.267 16
3 5 Sebastian Vettel 1:27.534 1:26.167 1:25.458 2.490 14
4 77 Valtteri Bottas 1:27.262 1:26.197 1:25.694 -0.236 16
5 55 Carlos Sainz Jr 1:26.773 1:26.475 1:26.136 -0.442 16
6 33 Max Verstappen 1:27.393 1:26.441 1:26.249 -0.113 19
7 7 Kimi Raikkonen 1:26.637 1:26.016 1:26.414 -0.165 16
8 26 Daniil Kvyat 1:27.833 1:26.889 1:26.629 -0.215 15
9 19 Felipe Massa 1:27.165 1:26.147 1:26.757 -0.128 15
10 3 Daniel Ricciardo 1:27.611 1:26.692 1:26.770 -0.013 15
11 8 Romain Grojean 1:27.383 1:27.375 Eliminated -0.605 13
12 13 Pastor Maldonado 1:27.281 1:27.450 Eliminated -0.075 13
13 14 Fernando Alonso 1:27.941 1:27.760 Eliminated -0.310 11
14 22 Jenson Button 1:27.813 1:27.854 Eliminated -0.094 12
15 12 Felipe Nasr 1:27.625 1:28.005 Eliminated -0.151 14
16 9 Marcus Ericsson 1:28.112 Eliminated -0.107 6
17 27 Nico Hulkenberg 1:28.365 Eliminated -0.253 6
18 11 Sergio Perez 1:28.442 Eliminated -0.077 7
19 28 Will Stevens 1:31.200 Eliminated -2.758 6
20 98 Roberto Merhi 1:32.038 Eliminated -0.838 4

 

 

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