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.



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About Cameron Rogers

Cameron Rogers is the founder and lead writer at Downshift Autos, the only automotive blog on the Internet*. Born in the back of an AMC Gremlin, Cameron vowed to never let this extraordinarily embarrassing detail define him, so help him God. He drives a GTI but absolutely will not shut up about it if somebody asks. He will not hesitate to let people know that no, they shouldn't get a Porsche 911 when a Morgan 3 Wheeler is so obviously the superior choice. He is obsessed with the seats of a Carrera GT and the steering wheel of a Fisker Karma. He once sat in the driver's seat of a Tesla Model S, his greatest accomplishment to date. He is just now realizing that writing an autobiography, however miniscule, in the third person is odd and unnerving. *As of this writing, Cameron has been informed that there are, in fact, many websites and blogs centered around cars and car culture. He regrets his grievous error.

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