Formula One

Hamilton on Pole in Barcelona

Lewis Hamilton. Image from Mercedes Media Archives

Lewis Hamilton won the pole position for the Spanish GP in Catalunya. Lewis snatched the pole by only 0.058 seconds in front of his Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas. Max Verstappen with Red Bull qualified 3rd, ahead of Racing Point’s Sergio Perez and Lance Stroll in P4 and P5, respectively. Perez is back in Formula One after having to skip the last two weekends due to testing positive for Covid-19. Alex Albon with Red Bull qualified 6th, ahead of McLaren’s Carlos Sainz and Lando Norris in P7 and P8, respectively. Charles Leclerc struggled with the pace of his Ferrari, and P9 was all the young driver could achieve today. Pierre Gasly found himself in the comfortable 10th place for Alpha Tauri. This concluded the Q3 session in Barcelona.

Final-minute traffic was a big factor in the second qualifying session. Sebastian Vettel with Ferrari was once again eliminated in Q2, despite receiving a brand new chassis for this race weekend. The German will be 11th on the grid, ahead of Alpha Tauri’s Daniil Kvyat. Daniel Ricciardo placed 13th for Renault, ahead of Alfa Romeon’s Kimi Raikkonen. Kimi had not gotten himself into Q2 previously this season, and the 14th place came as a nice reward for his efforts on the track. Esteban Ocon qualified 15th for Renault, which completed the elimination zone of this session.

The first qualifying session was very dynamic. Drivers found themselves fighting for track position in the final couple of minutes because almost everyone waited until the very last moment to do their final attempts. Kevin Magnussen with Haas qualified 16th, and was the first driver eliminated in this session. His teammate Romain Grosjean placed right behind him, ahead of Williams’ George Russell and Nicholas Latifi in P18 and P19, respectively. Antonio Giovinazzi with Alfa Romeo qualified last in P20.

The stewards will be investigating an incident between Pierre Gasly and Kevin Magnussen after the qualifying session.

Check out this LINK for the complete results of this qualifying session.


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