Lewis Hamilton claimed the 92nd pole position of his career ahead of Sunday’s Spanish Grand Prix.
The six-time world champion has been in ominous form this weekend and he delivered the goods to put his Mercedes at the front of the grid.
Hamilton beat Valtteri Bottas to top spot by 0.059 seconds, with Red Bull’s Max Verstappen – the man who ended Mercedes’ winning streak at last weekend’s 70th Anniversary Grand Prix – in third.
Sebastian Vettel’s troubled season continued as he failed to make it into Q3. The four-time world champion, who is a lowly 13th in the drivers’ standings, finished only 11th.
Racing Point’s Sergio Perez, back in the cockpit after missing two races with coronavirus, will start fourth ahead of team-mate Lance Stroll.
Red Bull’s Alexander Albon took sixth, while Lando Norris was pipped by his McLaren team-mate Carlos Sainz for seventh.
The dominant Mercedes team have now secured pole at all six rounds this year, and after Bottas took the qualifying spoils at Silverstone a week ago, Hamilton struck back to see off his team-mate at Barcelona’s sun-drenched Circuit de Catalunya.
Hamilton will now hope that the tyre woes which curtailed his race at Silverstone will not re-emerge on Sunday as he bids to extend his championship lead.
The Briton, who is 30 points clear of Verstappen and 34 ahead of Bottas, put in his best lap on his first outing in Q3, with the top three failing to improve on their second runs.
Source: TalkSport.com Motorsport