Nico Rosberg will start from pole in tomorrows Spanish Grand Prix ahead of Lewis Hamilton and Sebastien Vettel. The Mercedes driver hooked up a lap that was two and a half tenths faster than his teammate in the first part of the top ten shootout, who struggled with understeer throughout his lap, missing the crucial apex at turn five and through turn thirteen.
Sebastien Vettel managed to out-qualfy his teammate Kimi Raikkonen again, who starts behind Valterri Bottas who was told he might be able to get P3 “with a tidy lap.” That was ultiamtly beaten by the Ferrari driver, however he still managed to qualify ahead of the threatening Toro Rosso’s – both of whom still qualified in an impressive fifth and sixth.
Further back we have a noah’s ark grid in the form of Grosjean, Maldonado, Alonso, Button, and Nasr who all got knocked out of the second part of qualifying. This was actually the first time getting knocked out of Q2 for Grosjean this year, with him losing a lot of time in the turns 13 and 14 complex. The Frenchmen was quick to voice his opinion over the team radio, saying it was the “same problem as this morning, I lot completely the front end” – likely in reference to overheating front tyres.
This was something that Button also complained about at the end of Q1, which saw Ericsson, Hulkenberg, Perez, Stevens, and Merhi all get eliminated. We were worried that Manor might not be able to set a time within 107 per-cent considering they hadn’t done in Practice, however it is likely that the stewards will allow the team to race give they have demonstrated they can at previous race meetings.
Hulkenberg meanwhile lost a lot of time through the final sector as well, with the front end just sliding away from him on his run on the Medium compound tyres.