Hamilton on pole as Mercedes lockout front row for Spanish GP

Lewis Hamilton took pole position for the Spanish Grand Prix ahead of his teammate Valtteri Bottas for another Mercedes front row lock out.

Bottas was 0.059 off of Hamilton after both didn’t improve on their final flying laps in Q3.

The Finn was up on Hamilton going into sector 3 but lost a fraction of time to Hamilton’s first lap and couldn’t clear him.

Hamilton was lucky becuase his sector 3 was woeful losing nearly half a second.

Max Verstappen did very well to end up third. The fight was on with the Racing Points and Sergio Perez in fourth was minutely behind Verstappen. Lance Stroll tucked in close behind in fifth and Alex Albon is sixth.

It was, position-wise, better than previous races for Albon but he was still 7 tenths behind Verstappen which is a massive gap and he was being threatened by Carlos Sainz’ McLaren which will start seventh alongside his teammate Lando Norris in eighth.

Charles Leclerc is in ninth just ahead of Pierre Gasly in the AlphaTauri who did an excellent job to reach Q3.

Sebastian Vettel missed out on Q3 again. This time by only two thousandths of a second to Lando Norris. His miserable year continues.

The solace for Vettel is the tiny gap to the cut off and being only two tenths off of Leclerc in Q2. It is only crumbs though because a mistake through turn 7 meant he still didn’t quite make it.

Daniil Kvyat was fractionally behind Vettel and even closer behind him was Daniel Ricciardo with the gaps still being in the milliseconds.

Kimi Raikkonen split the two Renaults with an excellent performance in 14th with Esteban Ocon in 15th.

Out in Q1 were the two Haas cars of Kevin Magnussen and Romain Grosjean. Grosjean did show impressive pace in free practice placing as high as fifth on Friday afternoon. But the pace was alluding them when it mattered.

They were ahead of both Williams cars, George Russell ahead of Nicholas Latifi in 18th and 19th and Antonio Giovinazzi qualified last for the first time this season.

Position Driver Team Time
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1.15.584
2 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1.15.643
3 Max Verstappen Red Bull 1.16.292
4 Sergio Perez Racing Point 1.16.482
5 Lance Stroll Racing Point 1.16.589
6 Alex Albon Red Bull 1.17.029
7 Carlos Sainz McLaren 1.17.044
8 Lando Norris McLaren 1.17.084
9 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1.17.087
10 Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri 1.17.136
11 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1.17.168
12 Daniil Kvyat AlphaTauri 1.17.192
13 Daniel Ricciardo Renault 1.17.198
14 Kimi Raikkonen Alfa Romeo 1.17.386
15 Esteban Ocon Renault 1.17.567
16 Kevin Magnussen Haas 1.17.908
17 Romain Grosjean Haas 1.18.089
18 George Russell Williams 1.18.099
19 Nicholas Latifi Williams 1.18.532
20 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo 1.18.697