Lewis Hamilton has clinched pole position for the 2020 Spanish Grand Prix following a thrilling Saturday of Formula One action in Barcelona.
Mercedes entered the day as the dominant team after two solid Friday Practices but with a tight midfield pack, Qualifying proved incredibly close with two former champions exiting in Q2.
Now here is a full roundup of Saturday’s F1 action around Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona.
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A quiet start to FP3 saw both Haas cars of Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen plus McLaren’s Carlos Sainz head out for installation laps.
Lando Norris soon proceeded to be the first to set a flying lap of 1m 19.620 in the 11th minute on medium tyres, before Kimi Raikkonen bettered his time on soft compound by 0.099s.
Charles Leclerc then registered the fastest time of a 1m 18.950 on mediums just four minutes later, until Bottas went top on softs with a 1m 17.971 and 0.353 seconds up on Mercedes teammate – Lewis Hamilton.
Come the 30 minute mark, Bottas led from Hamilton, Leclerc, Pierre Gasly and Lance Stroll, before Max Verstappen went third on his first flier prior to both him and Hamilton improving on second attempts despite no change of positions.Embed from Getty Images
Alex Albon meanwhile ended his first stint in sixth despite improving on his second lap but without change of position on timesheet like Hamilton and Verstappen.
Soft qualifying simulations then begun with Hamilton emerging fastest after posting 1m 17.222, which was 0.151s quicker than Bottas’ 1m 17.373 set just minutes earlier.
Verstappen, Sainz and Sergio Perez rounded out the top five ahead of Leclerc, Gasly, Stroll, Albon and Daniel Ricciardo.
Esteban Ocon finished 11th fastest despite bringing the session to an early end with two minutes left, having crashed at Turn Three when swerving to avoid the slow moving Haas of Magnussen.
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Williams duo of Nicholas Latifi and George Russell were first not only on track but also to set flying laps, with Latifi going 0.329s quicker than his British teammate.
Everyone else soon followed with Hamilton setting the quickest time of a 1m 17.037 as Sergio Perez went 0.080s slower in second.
The track however soon evolved as everyone bar both Racing Point cars headed back out, with Hamilton improving to 1m 16.872 to top Q1.
Kimi Raikkonen meanwhile escaped Q1 for the first time this season at the expense of both Haas drivers, with Magnussen edging out Grosjean, ahead of Russell and Latifi as Antonio Giovinazzi finished last.
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Mercedes sent Bottas and Hamilton out first as everyone opted for soft tyres with the latter once again setting a session topping time of 1m 16.013 ahead of Bottas.
Perez meanwhile looked set to match the Silver Arrows until he slid at Turn 11 which cost him time as he posted the fifth fastest time, although he would go again for another run unlike both Mercedes cars and Red Bull’s Max Verstappen.
Eventually, Sebastian Vettel missed out on a second Q3 appearance of this season after finishing the session just 0.002s shy of Norris.
Daniil Kvyat settled for 12th on grid ahead of Renault’s Daniel Ricciardo and Ocon who were sandwiched by Raikkonen in 14th position.
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Racing Point this time were first out onto track with Stroll first posting a 1m 16.589 which was immediately bettered by Perez then Bottas until Hamilton posted a 1m 15.584 to take pole.
Neither Mercedes improved on their final runs alongside several other drivers as Perez and Sainz both found time on their final fliers to go fourth and seventh respectively.
Hamilton consequently took his 92nd pole ahead of Bottas, Verstappen, Perez, Stroll, Albon, Sainz, Norris, Leclerc and Gasly.
Speaking post race on his pole position, Hamilton admitted that his pole lap was “decent”, saying; “I couldn’t go quicker on my second lap, which I thought I could but this wasn’t a great lap but the first one was decent, I guess, which did the job, thankfully.”
Hamilton also ended the ten race curse in which whoever topped FP3 has failed to take pole by putting his car first on the grid for the Spanish Grand Prix.
|1||Lewis Hamilton||Mercedes||1m 17.222|
|2||Valtteri Bottas||Mercedes||+ 0.151|
|3||Max Verstappen||Red Bull||+ 0.515|
|4||Carlos Sainz||McLaren||+ 0.824|
|5||Sergio Perez||Racing Point||+ 0.874|
|6||Charles Leclerc||Ferrari||+ 0.971|
|7||Pierre Gasly||Alpha Tauri||+ 0.989|
|8||Lance Stroll||Racing Point||+ 1.087|
|9||Alex Albon||Red Bull||+ 1.149|
|10||Daniel Ricciardo||Renault||+ 1.162|
|11||Esteban Ocon||Renault||+ 1.380|
|12||Sebastian Vettel||Ferrari||+ 1.485|
|13||Romain Grosjean||Haas||+ 1.488|
|14||Kimi Raikkonen||Alfa Romeo||+ 1.499|
|15||Lando Norris||McLaren||+ 1.581|
|16||Daniil Kvyat||Alpha Tauri||+ 1.630|
|17||Kevin Magnussen||Haas||+ 1.718|
|18||Antonio Giovinazzi||Alfa Romeo||+ 1.953|
|19||George Russell||Williams||+ 2.075|
|20||Nicholas Latifi||Williams||+ 2.542|
|1||Lewis Hamilton||Mercedes||1m 15.584|
|2||Valtteri Bottas||Mercedes||+ 0.059|
|3||Max Verstappen||Red Bull||+ 0.708|
|4||Sergio Perez||Racing Point||+ 0.898|
|5||Lance Stroll||Racing Point||+ 1.005|
|6||Alex Albon||Red Bull||+ 1.445|
|7||Carlos Sainz||McLaren||+ 1.460|
|8||Lando Norris||McLaren||+ 1.500|
|9||Charles Leclerc||Ferrari||+ 1.503|
|10||Pierre Gasly||Alpha Tauri||+ 1.552|
|11||Sebastian Vettel||Ferrari||1m 17.168|
|12||Daniil Kvyat||Alpha Tauri||+ 0.024|
|13||Daniel Ricciardo||Renault||+ 0.030|
|14||Kimi Raikkonen||Alfa Romeo||+ 0.218|
|15||Esteban Ocon||Renault||+ 0.399|
|16||Kevin Magnussen||Haas||1m 17.908|
|17||Romain Grosjean||Haas||+ 0.181|
|18||George Russell||Williams||+ 0. 191|
|19||Nicholas Latifi||Williams||+ 0.624|
|20||Antonio Giovinazzi||Alfa Romeo||+ 0.789|