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Published: 15:14 | 14/5/16

Hamilton pleased with pole position

Praises mechanics for hard work

Lewis Hamilton praised his mechanics after a trouble-free qualifying session saw him snatch pole position for tomorrow's Spanish Grand Prix with a late flying lap.

The reigning world champion pulled out all the stops to pip Mercedes team-made Nico Rosberg to claim his third pole of the current campaign.

With nobody ever having won at the Circuit de Catalunya from lower than fifth place on the grid, Hamilton knows that this gives him a great chance to claw back Rosberg's big lead at the top of the drivers championship table.

"Very very happy with getting the lap. Obviously Nico has been really strong all week so bit by bit I have been trying to put the pace together," he said afterwards.

"The guys back at the factory have been working so hard to try to rectify the problems we have had over the past few weeks. This is now three out of three for me so I'm obviously pretty happy."

Rosberg, meanwhile, was disappointed but knows that there is still everything to play for tomorrow.

"I'm of course disappointed to be second," he said.

"I wanted to be first today of course but Lewis was quicker in qualifying today and that's it.

"But fortunately it's the race that counts. But there are still a couple of opportunities to take the points tomorrow.

"Strategy wise, it's not going to be an easy race tomorrow so I will try and take my chances at the start."

By: Kieran O'Daly

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