Hamilton takes pole in thrilling Spanish Grand Prix qualifying

Lewis Hamilton

Lewis Hamilton

Lewis Hamilton will start from pole for tomorrow night’s Spanish Grand Prix after an exciting qualifying session.

The McLaren driver saved his best for his final lap, out doing the next fastest by over half a second. Hamilton was also fastest in Qualifying 1.

The only drama for Hamilton was that his car failed to return to pit lane at the completion of the final session after the team told the Brit to pull off the track due to an issue.

Starting second will be Williams driver Pastor Maldonado, who scored his best-ever qualifying result.

Maldonando was the star of qualifying, topping the second qualifying session and outpacing his more fancied rivals.

Local hero Fernando Alonso (Ferrari) took third place, ahead of Renault pair Romain Grosjean and Kimi Raikkonen, Sergio Perez (Sauber) and Nico Rosberg (Mercedes).

Dual world champion Sebastian Vettel aborted his last lap and will line up eighth. By doing so, Vettel will be able to choose the tyres he starts tomorrow’s 66 lap race on, rather than being forced to start on the tyres he finished qualifying.

Michael Schumacher did not set a time in the final session but will start ninth ahead of Kumai Kobayashi who placed sixth in the Q2, only to pull off on the cool down lap of that session due to a hydraulics problem.

Jenson Button and Mark Webber were knocked out late in the second session and will start from 11th and 12th respectively.

HRT driver Narain Karthikeyan failed to make the 107 percent qualifying cut-off. His position on the race will be at the discretion of the stewards.

Qualifying, Spanish Grand Prix

Pos No Driver Team Q1 Q2 Q3 Laps
1 4 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1:22.583 1:22.465 1:21.707 17
2 18 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 1:23.380 1:22.105 1:22.285 14
3 5 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1:23.276 1:22.862 1:22.302 15
4 10 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1:23.248 1:22.667 1:22.424 14
5 9 Kimi Räikkönen Lotus-Renault 1:23.406 1:22.856 1:22.487 13
6 15 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 1:24.261 1:22.773 1:22.533 14
7 8 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:23.370 1:22.882 1:23.005 17
8 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Racing-Renault 1:23.850 1:22.884 no time 14
9 7 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1:23.757 1:22.904 no time 15
10 14 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1:23.386 1:22.897 no time 14
11 3 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1:23.510 1:22.944 13
12 2 Mark Webber Red Bull Racing-Renault 1:23.592 1:22.977 8
13 11 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1:23.852 1:23.125 14
14 12 Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1:23.720 1:23.177 13
15 17 Jean-Eric Vergne STR-Ferrari 1:24.362 1:23.265 11
16 16 Daniel Ricciardo STR-Ferrari 1:23.906 1:23.442 11
17 6 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1:23.886 1:23.444 12
18 19 Bruno Senna Williams-Renault 1:24.981 8
19 21 Vitaly Petrov Caterham-Renault 1:25.277 8
20 20 Heikki Kovalainen Caterham-Renault 1:25.507 8
21 25 Charles Pic Marussia-Cosworth 1:26.582 8
22 24 Timo Glock Marussia-Cosworth 1:27.032 8
23 22 Pedro de la Rosa HRT-Cosworth 1:27.555 6
24 23 Narain Karthikeyan HRT-Cosworth 1:31.122 4

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