Spanish GP: Hamilton roars to hundredth pole position

Lewis Hamilton’s stunning Q3 lap was good enough to take pole in Barcelona and his hundredth career pole position in Formula 1. 

Lewis Hamilton hit a century of pole positions in today’s qualifying session. The Mercedes driver set a 1m16.741s on his first flying lap in Q3. That was a strong enough time to bring up a ton of pole positions.

Max Verstappen will line up alongside Hamilton as the Red Bull driver couldn’t go faster on his second run in Q3.

The Dutchman’s lap time 1m16.777s meant he split the Mercedes cars. Valtteri Bottas rounds out the top three, the second Mercedes driver complained about some over-steer on his final flying lap.

Charles Leclerc once again shone on a Saturday as he claimed fourth position to lead the midfield. Old French F4 rival Esteban Ocon starts fifth, the Alpine driver again out-qualified his illustrious teammate.

Sergio Perez endured a tough final session as a spin at turn 13 compromised his run programme. Perez could only manage eighth on his last lap. The two Mclaren drivers sandwich Perez. Daniel Ricciardo starts seventh, with Lando Norris a disappointing ninth after promising so much.

Pierre Gasly was another driver that promised a lot, but he got knocked out in Q2. Both Aston Martins join Gasly in failing to make it to Q3. F1’s perennial Saturday star George Russell delivered another Q2 berth for Williams.

The big upset in Q1 was the elimination of Yuki Tsunoda. The rookie made his anger loud and clear on the radio and the interview pen afterwards. The youngest man on the grid will start one place ahead of the oldest man Kimi Raikkonen.

The familiar names round out the grid, although Mick Schumacher out-qualified Williams’ Nicholas Latifi.

Ultimately, the day belonged to Lewis Hamilton. For the hundredth time, the Englishman will lead the pack off the line.

Provisional Qualifying Classification

  1. Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes – 1m16.741s
  2. Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing – 1m16.777s
  3. Valtteri Bottas, Mercedes – 1m16.873s
  4. Charles Leclerc, Scuderia Ferrari – 1m17.510s
  5. Esteban Ocon, Alpine – 1m17.580s
  6. Carlos Sainz, Scuderia Ferrari – 1m17.620s
  7. Daniel Ricciardo, Mclaren – 1m17.622s
  8. Sergio Perez, Red Bull Racing – 1m17.701s
  9. Lando Norris, Mclaren – 1m18.010s
  10. Fernando Alonso, Alpine –  1m18.147s
  11. Lance Stroll, Aston Martin – 1m17.974s
  12. Pierre Gasly, Alpha Tauri – 1m17.982s
  13. Sebastian Vettel, Aston Martin –  1m18.079s
  14. Antonio Giovinazzi, Alfa Romeo Sauber –  1m18.356s
  15. George Russell, Williams – 1m19.154s
  16. Yuki Tsunoda, Alpha Tauri – 1m18.556s
  17. Kimi Raikkonen, Alfa Romeo Sauber – 1m18.917s
  18. Mick Schumacher, Haas –  1m19.117s
  19. Nicholas Latifi, Williams – 1m19.219s
  20. Nikita Mazepin, Haas –  1m19.807s