2018 Spanish F1 Grand Prix: Hamilton qualifies on pole in Mercedes 1-2


Mercedes locks out front row for first time in 2018 though Hamilton’s pole while Ferrari starts on row two

Lewis Hamilton took pole position for the Formula 1 Spanish Grand Prix, narrowly ahead of team-mate Valtteri Bottas as Mercedes locked out the front row ahead of the Ferraris.

Bottas missed out on pole by just 0.040sec as Hamilton set a new track record with a time of 1min 16.173sec.

Sebastian Vettel, who topped the first two qualifying sessions, was denied a fourth consecutive pole – two tenths off the pace – but he out-qualified Kimi Räikkönen who will join him behind the Mercedes.

Max Verstappen out-qualified team-mate Daniel Ricciardo by just 0.002sec to take fifth as the Red Bulls occupy the third row.

The frontrunners will start the race on soft tyres having used them to set times in Q2.

Kevin Magnussen set the seventh fastest time, but was nowhere near the pace of the Red Bulls. He fended off eighth place Fernando Alonso by 0.045sec.

Carlos Sainz Jr qualified ninth, while Haas’ Romain Grosjean rounded out the top 10, 1.662sec off the pace.

Stoffel Vandoorne finished two tenths slower than his team-mate in the second qualifying session and was eliminated in 11th place, ahead of Toro Rosso’s Pierre Gasly.

Neither Force India made it past Q2 with Esteban Ocon 13th and Sergio Pérez 15th, a second away from safety. The two were split by Charles Leclerc.

Nico Hülkenberg only set one flying lap in the first qualifying session as his Renault had a suspected gearbox issue. He was eliminated, 0.048sec off Vandoorne, in that session.

Marcus Ericsson locked up on his first flying effort and was eventually eliminated in 17th place.

The Williams pair was also eliminated in Q1 as Sergey Sirotkin finished 18th. He receives a three-place grid penalty for colliding with Pérez in Azerbaijan.

Team-mate Lance Stroll finished 19th, 3.194sec off the Q1 pace. He ended Q1 in the gravel, spinning out on the exit of Turn 12 and bringing out a caution.

Brendon Hartley, who crashed at the end of FP3, was a spectator for qualifying.

Spanish Formula 1 Grand Prix qualifying results

1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1min 16.173secsec  
2 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1min 16.213secsec +0.040sec
3 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1min 16.305sec +0.132sec
4 Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari 1min 16.612sec +0.439sec
5 Max Verstappen Red Bull 1min 16.816sec +0.643sec
6 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull 1min 16.818sec +0.645sec
7 Kevin Magnussen Haas 1min 17.676sec +1.503sec
8 Fernando Alonso McLaren 1min 17.721sec +1.548sec
9 Carlos Sainz Jr Renault 1min 17.790sec +1.617sec
10 Romain Grosjean Haas 1min 17.835sec +1.662sec
11 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren 1min 18.323sec  
12 Pierre Gasly Toro Rosso 1min 18.463sec  
13 Esteban Ocon Force India 1min 18.696sec  
14 Charles Leclerc Sauber 1min 18.910sec  
15 Sergio Pérez Force India 1min 19.098sec  
16 Nico Hülkenberg Renault 1min 18.923sec  
17 Marcus Ericsson Sauber 1min 19.493sec  
18 Sergey Sirotkin Williams 1min 19.695sec  
19 Lance Stroll Williams 1min 20.225sec  
20 Brendon Hartley Toro Rosso    

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