Lewis Hamilton celebrates winning pole in Spain
Lewis Hamilton will start from pole position in Sunday’s Spanish Grand Prix after edging out Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas by just four hundredths of a second.
Hamilton, who holds a four-point championship lead over Sebastian Vettel, delivered a record-breaking lap of Barcelona’s Circuit de Catalunya to claim his first pole since the opening round in Australia.
Vettel has been the one-lap master this year following a hat-trick of poles, but the Ferrari man had no answer for an inspired Hamilton here on Saturday. Vettel will line up in third after qualifying 0.132 seconds slower than Hamilton.
Kimi Raikkonen finished in fourth place for Ferrari, ahead of the Red Bull duo of Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo.
“It was very close but I am very happy,” Hamilton said. “I needed this pole because I haven’t had one for a while.”
Vettel added: “I was happy with the lap. The first run was not so good, but the last lap felt good. Then I looked where I ended up and I saw that my name didn’t go to the top. We expected Mercedes to be strong.”