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Published: 14:58 | 14/5/16

Hamilton snatches pole in Barcelona

Late flying lap pips Rosberg

Lewis Hamilton produced a sensational flying lap in the final seconds of the Q3 to snatch pole position for tomorrow's Spanish Grand Prix at Circuit de Catalunya.

The reigning world champion has been very much playing second fiddle to Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg all season and it looked like nothing much would change as the German, after dominating the second and third practice sessions, seemed destined to win poll position in Barcelona.

But Hamilton, who had experienced a bit of a wobble on turn ten in his previous flying lap, produced a superb finisher just seconds before the clocks ran down to post the fastest time of the weekend so far at 1:22.000.

Rosberg had looked set for poll after posting a 1:22.475 early in Q3 and, despite improving that time by just under two-tenths of a second at the death, was unable to match the Briton who claimed his third pole position of the campaign.

Daniel Ricciardo was third for Red Bull with a time of 1:22.680 followed by team-mate Max Verstappen who produced another superb performance with 1:23.087.

The promise shown by the Ferrari team in practice came to nothing as Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel were well off the pace in fifth and sixth respectively.

The remainder of the top ten was made up of Valtteri Bottas for Williams in seventh, just ahead of Carlos Sainz for Torro Rosso in eighth, Sergio Perez (Force India) in ninth and Fernando Alonso in tenth for McLaren.


Spanish Grand Prix Provisional Starting Grid:

Pos

Driver

Car

Time

Gap

1

Lewis Hamilton

Mercedes

1m22.000s

-

2

Nico Rosberg

Mercedes

1m22.280s

0.280s

3

Daniel Ricciardo

Red Bull/Renault

1m22.680s

0.680s

4

Max Verstappen

Red Bull/Renault

1m23.087s

1.087s

5

Kimi Raikkonen

Ferrari

1m23.113s

1.113s

6

Sebastian Vettel

Ferrari

1m23.334s

1.334s

7

Valtteri Bottas

Williams/Mercedes

1m23.522s

1.522s

8

Carlos Sainz

Toro Rosso/Ferrari

1m23.643s

1.643s

9

Sergio Perez

Force India/Mercedes

1m23.782s

1.782s

10

Fernando Alonso

McLaren/Honda

1m23.981s

1.981s


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