Hamilton takes Barcelona pole for 2nd year running

Ross Houston
May 14, 2017

Ferrari was a surprise in the Saturday morning free practice session but Hamilton returned to the front when it mattered, taking his third pole of the season.

"Lewis did a great job: it was tricky to put the sectors together today, and I'm not sure any driver had a ideal lap, but he did two times good enough for pole position in Q3 and really deserved it".

But Vettel ran the Englishman close on Saturday.

"I'm happy with the bits we brought here", he said. "Some weekends everything start wrong and then go right and I had that feeling yesterday and I feel tomorrow everything will be OK", The Guardian quoted Alonso as saying.

After the qualifying session, Hamilton was again all praises for the team. "He drove a good race and we did everything we could". Ferrari pit the German for more soft tires on lap 14 while Hamilton was left out, running long but losing time.

Vettel's Ferrari team-mate Raikkonen lines up in fourth ahead of the Red Bull duo of Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo.

All but three of the last 16 races in Spain have been won from the top slot, leaving Hamilton with every chance of taking his second victory of the season on Sunday to cut Vettel's 13-point lead. "The vehicle has been working pretty well, I'm happy with that, but it's a bit disappointing doing small mistakes here and there and never really putting a good lap in".

Hamilton eventually stopped at the end of lap 21, taking on the more durable medium rubber, and exited the pit lane almost eight seconds adrift of Vettel.

Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain steers his auto during the Spanish Formula One Grand Prix at the Barcelona Catalunya racetrack in Montmelo, Spain, Sunday, May 14, 2017.

Hamilton ran wide at Turn Five, but was fastest in Q2 by a narrow margin - less than a tenth - ahead of Vettel and Bottas, but the lap that lifted the crowd came from Alonso, who reached the top ten shootout for the first time this year, 24 hours after yet another engine failure on Friday.

"For Valtteri, it was a highly creditable performance after his practice session this morning was disturbed by problems with the auto".

"I felt confident. We knew we needed to put a ideal lap together and today was one of those days when everything went our way".

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