With a breezy wind and high temperatures, Qualifying for the Spanish GP was heating up nicely.
Q1 saw the usual suspects knocked out at Caterham, Marussia and HRT but the man to join them was Williams driver Bruno Senna, he couldn’t get near the cut off time set by Jean-Eric Vergne in the Toro Rosso, Senna also spun off on the same corner that he spun in practice. Lewis Hamilton topped that session with Grosjean and Alonso behind him.
Q2 was the session that gave us a few shocks with both Jenson Button and Mark Webber missing out on a place in Q3, Pastor Maldonado went quickest in this session with both Saubers making it through aswell however one of them, Kamui Kobayashi couldn’t participate in Q3 after having to stop the car at the end of the session.
Q3 was a dull start followed by an explosion of activity with hardly any laps being set for the first half of the session, Lewis Hamilton did set a lap and was on provisional pole, then came the flurry of activity, most of the cars went out, Vettel and Schumacher didn’t set lap times but will start ahead of Kobayashi, the 2 Germans will start 8th and 9th respectively. Nico Rosberg wasn’t as quick as he would’ve liked with only 7th on the grid, Rosberg is just behind Sergio Perez who will have high hopes for the race tomorrow starting 6th, The Lotus team done very well with Grosjean in 4th ahead of teammate Raikkonen in 5th, They have shown great race pace and should be a threat to the podium positions, Home favourite Fernando Alonso exceeded the Ferrari’s expectations to claim an excellent 3rd on the grid. A shock second place comes in the form of Williams driver Pastor Maldonado, he held provisional pole but had to settle for 2nd, still that is his highest grid slot and the best for Williams since Nico Hulkenberg took pole at the 2010 Brazilian GP. But the man on pole is McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton who set a fantastic lap well ahead of the rest to claim his first pole at the Circuit de Catalunya and leave the chances of 5 different winners in the first 5 races still very much alive.
The grid looks like this unless any drivers are penalised by the stewards.