Saturday, May 11, 2013

Mercedes lock out front row after qualifying for F1 Spanish Grand Prix

Nico Rosberg completed a hat trick of poles for Mercedes AMG Petronas finishing ahead of his more charismatic team mate Lewis Hamilton. After Hamilton set a stormer of a lap at the end of Q2 it looked like he had would wrap it up in Q3. But with just one run in Q3 against two runs for Nico, the Briton couldn't match the pace of the German. It is also the first front row lock out for the Silver Arrows after 1955.

Sebastian Vettel put in the best lap he could and managed to take P3 after his single run in Q3. Webber again was much slower than his nemesis and ended thhe in P8. 

Raikkonen who looked like he could challenge for pole ended the day a strong P4 considering his car's tyre degradation. Starting from P4 he stands a very good chance of finishing the race on the top step of the podium. Grosjean finished a little more than a tenth off his teammates time but could only manage P7 behind the Ferrari's.

The Ferrari's were the shocker of the session, with their early pace suggesting a start from the two front rows of the grid. But instead Alonso leads Massa on the third row grid.

Perez pulled off a blinder to get into Q3 and qulaify on P9 ahead of the lead Force India of Di Resta.

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