Rosberg Beats Hamilton and Vettel for Pole in Spain
Nico Rosberg managed to secure pole position with Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton in a close second in tomorrow’s Grand Prix in Barcelona, Spain. It is Rosberg’s second pole of the season after his first place start in Bahrain a few weeks ago. That makes Mercedes first in overall pole positions for the season, with three to Red Bull’s two. Since the start of the season, however, only Sebastian Vettel was able to turn a pole position into a first place finish during the controversial race in Malaysia. That same race relegated Rosberg to 4th behind Hamilton due to team orders, leaving feathers ruffled for both Mercedes and Red Bull (although to Mercedes’ credit, the teammates didn’t seem too pissed about the decision).
Some blocking action that occurred during qualifying will send a few drivers further back on the starting line. Although Felipe Massa set a quick enough lap time to sit him right next to Ferrari teammate Fernando Alonso, he was found to have blocked Mark Webber during Q2, so he will start in 9th instead. Esteban Gutiérrez similarly impeded Kimi Räikkönen, and was moved from 16th to 19th position.
Q1, Q2, and Q3 all consisted of the normal players, although Jenson Button found himself in Q2 for the first time this season. Adrian Sutil also fell a bit from his 6th place grid start in Bahrain to 13th place here.
The Spanish Grand Prix airs on NBC Sports at 5:00AM PST on May 12.