Hamilton ends Vettel’s pole run in Spain

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 13 May 2018 08:51:35


 

BARCELONA,

FORMULA One world champion Lewis Hamilton seized pole position at the Spanish Grand Prix on Saturday in a Mercedes one-two that ended Sebastian Vettel’s bid for a fourth in a row.
The Briton, leading his Ferrari rival by four points after four races, put in two blistering final laps at an overcast Circuit de Catalunya to take the top slot in a track record one minute 16.173 seconds.


Finnish team mate Valtteri Bottas was second, in 1:16.213, with Vettel third and 0.132 off the pace. “I needed this pole, I haven’t had a pole for a while. It’s a Mercedes one-two,” said Hamilton, whose last pole was in the Australian season-opener in March. The four times world champion’s time, on a track that has been smoothed and resurfaced since last year, was nearly three seconds quicker than his 2017 time of 1:19.149.


The Briton has now been on pole in Spain for three years in a row and four of the last five. Saturday’s was the record 74th of his career and came at a track that has historically favoured the top qualifier.
Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen qualified fourth with the Red Bull
pairing of Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo lining up fifth and sixth for their first race.