BARCELONA, 10th May 2014 (F1 Plus / Rosie Baillie).- Both Mercedes drivers dominated qualifying and it was Lewis Hamilton who took pole around the Circuit de Catalunya.
This is the Britons fourth pole position of the year and he finished just 0.168s ahead of teammate Nico Rosberg with Daniel Ricciardo finishing third, while teammate Sebastian Vettel’s Q3 ended early when he lost drive.
The session had only just got underway when Pastor Maldonado brought out the red flags after spinning into the wall at Turn 3 before he had chance to set a lap time.
The session restarted and Nico Rosberg put in a time which put him at the top of the timesheets for the rest of the session, which even teammate Lewis Hamilton couldn’t beat.
Adrian Sutil was struggling with the Force India and was heard complaining over the radio saying ‘There's really something wrong with the car. It's all over the place.’.
Despite being 0.5s off Rosberg, Hamilton was complaining that the car was a ‘nightmare’ to drive.
As the session came to an end, the big name not to make it through to Q2 was Sutil.
Out in Q1: Sutil, Max Chilton, Jules Bianchi, Marcus Ericsson, Kamui Kobayashi and Maldonado.
Nico Hulkenberg was first to set a flying lap which was soon beaten by Valtteri Bottas and then Felipe Massa.
Shortly after Rosberg put in a 1:26.088, which was again enough to keep him leading the timesheets for the rest of the session.
A premature end to Kevin Magnussen’s session due to technical problems and Jean-Eric Vergne failed to set a time also. With Vergne’s 10 place grid drop he will start the race from the back of the grid.
Out in Q2: Nico Hulkenberg, Sergio Perez, Daniil Kvyat, Esteban Gutierrez, Kevin Magnussen and Vergne.
Once again the session was halted just as it was getting going when Sebastian Vettel’s car stopped on track. The German told his engineer that he had ‘no drive’.
The session got restarted and Rosberg was the first man to set a timed lap which was beaten seconds later by Hamilton.
Both Mercedes set times in the 1.25s and no other driver was able to come close to them.
Grosjean’s predictions about a good qualifying position came true when he bagged fifth place. Raikkonen and Alonso were only able to manage sixth and seventh respectively.
Jenson Button qualified eighth with Massa in ninth. Vettel’s issue meant he could not set a lap and will start tomorrow’s race tenth.
Top 10: Hamilton, Rosberg, Ricciardo, Bottas, Grosjean, Raikkonen, Alonso, Button and Vettel.