Not much has changed in the world of Formula One since the last Grand Prix as the Mercedes team continued its quick pace on Saturday during qualifying for the Pirelli Spanish Grand Prix at the Barcelona-Catalunya Circuit. Lewis Hamilton was able to beat out his teammate Nico Rosberg by less than two tenths of a second in Q3 to earn his fourth straight pole position on the season and his 35th pole of his career.
Hamilton will look to translate yet another pole into yet another win as he goes for four-straight Grand Prix wins on Sunday. Hamilton was fastest in both practices on Friday but it was Nico Rosberg who was fastest in practice three on Saturday morning. Rosberg then also went fastest in the Q1 and Q2 rounds but could not beat out Hamilton in the final Q3 session.
Starting from third on the Spanish grid will be Daniel Ricciardo of Red Bull Racing. He was just over one second off the pace of Hamilton. Starting on row two with Ricciardo will be Valtteri Bottas of Williams Martini Racing. Lotus made a big step up back on European soil for the first time in the 2014 season and Romain Grosjean will start from fifth. The Ferrari duo of Kimi Raikkonen and Fernando Alonso qualified sixth and seventh. Jenson Button for McLaren will roll off eighth and Felipe Massa of Williams will start ninth.
Four-time defending World Champion Sebastian Vettel's bad season continued when his new RB10 had a major issue rolling out for Q3. His stopped car brought out a four minute red flag and Vettel was tenth in Q3. Later he would be penalized with a grid penalty for changing the gear box and will start from 15th Sunday.
Making it to Q2 but not to Q3 were Nico Hulkenberg for Force India who was 11th but will now start 10th. Also moving up past Vettel will be Sergio Perez for Force India in 11th. Daniil Kvyat will start 12th for Toro Rosso, Esteban Gutierrez 13th for Sauber, and Kevin Magnussen 14th for McLaren. Jean-Eric Vergne made Q2 for Toro Rosso but will have to serve a 10-place grid penalty and having a tire come off in practice two on Friday. He will start from the back in 22nd.
Not making it out of Q1 were Adrian Sutil of Sauber, Max Chilton and Jules Bianchi of Marussia, Marcus Ericsson and Kamui Kobayashi of Caterham and the Lotus of Pastor Maldonado. Maldonado crash hard coming off of Turn 3 during his lap which brought out a brief red flag to clear his car.
The Pirelli Spanish Grand Prix can be seen live at 7:30 a.m. ET Sunday on NBCSN.
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