Sunday, May 10, 2015

2015 SPANISH GP: ROSBERG FINALLY ON POLE

Nico Rosberg broke Lewis Hamilton’s grip on pole position this season by beating the Briton to the front of the grid for the Spanish Grand Prix by almost three tenths of a second.

Sebastian Vettel got closest to the Mercedes drivers, finishing third, half a second back from Hamilton. Hamilton has dominated his team-mate on Saturdays so far this campaign and went into the session with four poles from the opening four rounds.

However, throughout the build up to today's qualifying Rosberg had been closer with all three practice sessions being close-fought affairs in which the Mercedes drivers traded P1 times. It was the same in qualiyfing, though this time it was Rosberg in command when it mattered.
 P.    DRIVER              TEAM         TIME         GAP 
 1. Nico Rosberg        Mercedes AMG  1:24.681
 2. Lewis Hamilton      Mercedes AMG  1:24.948   +  0.267
 3. Sebastian Vettel    Ferrari       1:25.458   +  0.777
 4. Valtteri Bottas     Williams      1:25.694   +  1.015
 5. Carlos Sainz JR.    Toro Rosso    1:26.136   +  1.455
 6. Max Verstappen      Toro Rosso    1:26.249   +  1.568
 7. Kimi Raikkonen      Ferrari       1:26.414   +  1.733
 8. Daniil Kvyat        Red Bull      1:26.629   +  1.948
 9. Felipe Massa        Williams      1:26.757   +  2.076
10. Daniel Ricciardo    Red Bull      1:26.770   +  2.089
    Q2 Fastest time: Nico Rosberg 1:25.166               
11. Romain Grosjean     Lotus         1:27.375   +  2.209
12. Pastor Maldonado    Lotus         1:27.450   +  2.284
13. Fernando Alonso     McLaren       1:27.760   +  2.594
14. Jenson Button       McLaren       1:27.854   +  2.688
15. Felipe Nasr         Sauber        1:28.005   +  2.839
    Q1 Fastest time: Lewis Hamilton 1:26.382             
16. Marcus Ericsson     Sauber        1:28.112   +  1.730
17. Nico Hulkenberg     Force India   1:28.365   +  1.983
18. Sergio Perez        Force India   1:28.442   +  2.060
19. Will Stevens        Manor         1:31.200   +  4.818
20. Roberto Merhi       Manor         1:32.038   +  5.656
    107% време: 1:32.429
2014 Lewis Hamilton - Mercedes AMG - 1:25.232