Rosberg Breaks Hamilton Pole Streak In Spain


Nico Rosberg ended Lewis Hamilton’s run of four consecutive pole positions by taking pole for the Spanish Grand Prix. Lewis Hamilton had to settle for second while Sebastian Vettel finished the session in third.

It was a session of supremacy for the Mercedes drivers as they led the way in each of the three qualifying sessions. The pole is Rosberg’s 16th of his career and his first of the season. It is an important step as he looks to fight back against the comfortable lead of his team-mate in the championship.

Rosberg was delighted with the pole, admitting that he learned from Bahrain and ensured that he focused on qualifying.

“Bahrain was still on my mind,” Rosberg admitted after taking pole in Spain.

“I wanted to make sure I didn’t make that mistake again, so I got myself in the rhythm in Q2 and it worked very well for me today.”

“It’s one step in the right direction to winning the race this weekend, a good day in the office.

“With overtaking difficult here starting in front is a particularly big advantage.”


Lewis Hamilton starts in second for the race, putting his failure to land pole down to the balance of the car.

“I’ve been chasing it but you move the balance forwards, you move the balance rearwards and it’s like a see-saw,” said the reigning world champion.

“You put a little bit more weight on one side and it keeps going to the other side and you’re trying but you just can’t get it. The wind doesn’t really help.

“Nico has generally not made a lot of changes all weekend. He’s kept a balance and he’s not really had to move from there so he’s been comfortable from the get go.

“Often most weekends that’s how it starts off for me, but this weekend I’m just less comfortable with it.

“I’m hoping that tomorrow in the race it’s not a bad thing, hopefully.”


Sebastian Vettel was downbeat following qualifying, conceding that Ferrari had probably fallen away from Mercedes since the last race.

“The gap is probably a bit bigger than it was the last couple of races,” said Vettel.

“I don’t think it is down to one thing only because we are struggling a bit more this weekend.”

“Yes, the same tyres is correct, but it’s a different weekend, a different circuit as well,” he said.

“Potentially the tyres are not working as well as they did in Malaysia, so it looks like Mercedes has an edge.

“We would love to be a little closer. Being realistic they are quick.

“They are not on the first row by chance as they showed every single session this weekend they are competitive with either tyre.

“We should still be in good shape for tomorrow, and I hope for a good race, but you have to say those two guys did a very good job.

“I hope tomorrow we can be a bit closer, that it’s going to be better in the race, but we will have to see how true the gap is that is there now.”


Kimi Raikkonen could only qualify seventh as a tyre blanket burning a set of the Finn’s Q3 tyres meant he could only do one run in the final session.

“We had one new set of tyres we could have used in last qualifying but for some freak reason it got burnt in a blanket and destroyed,” said Raikkonen.

“But that is part of the game. It’s been a difficult few days but tomorrow is the race so hopefully we can score good points.”


Fernando Alonso was optimistic after qualifying of McLaren’s chances of scoring points for the first time this season. Both drivers made it into Q2 for the first time this season.

“It’s the place we deserve. The McLarens are in Q2, so it’s another step forward, and tomorrow we could fight for the points,” said Alonso.

“If we have a good start and good strategy, our pace on the long run is usually quite good so tomorrow we have our first chance of points. I’m confident.

“First of all we need to finish the race, hopefully we will fight with the midfield teams for a second time, but I believe the top 10 is very possible from starting 13th.

“For that I think we need a perfect race, but we have to try.”

Spanish GP Grid

Pos Driver Car Time Gap
1 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m24.681s
2 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m24.948s 0.267s
3 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m25.458s 0.777s
4 Valtteri Bottas Williams/Mercedes 1m25.694s 1.013s
5 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso/Renault 1m26.136s 1.455s
6 Max Verstappen Toro Rosso/Renault 1m26.249s 1.568s
7 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m26.414s 1.733s
8 Daniil Kvyat Red Bull/Renault 1m26.629s 1.948s
9 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1m26.757s 2.076s
10 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1m26.770s 2.089s
11 Romain Grosjean Lotus/Mercedes 1m27.375s 2.694s
12 Pastor Maldonado Lotus/Mercedes 1m27.450s 2.769s
13 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda 1m27.760s 3.079s
14 Jenson Button McLaren/Honda 1m27.854s 3.173s
15 Felipe Nasr Sauber/Ferrari 1m28.005s 3.324s
16 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1m28.112s 3.431s
17 Nico Hulkenberg Force India/Mercedes 1m28.365s 3.684s
18 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1m28.442s 3.761s
19 Will Stevens Marussia/Ferrari 1m31.200s 6.519s
20 Roberto Merhi Marussia/Ferrari 1m32.038s 7.357s

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