Lewis Hamilton takes his 74th pole ahead of the Spanish Grand Prix
By: S. Harding, Xiro Xone News May 12, 2018 Updated: 9:14 AM PT
BARCELONA, Spain — Lewis Hamilton set the tone for tomorrow’s Spanish Grand Prix after taking his 74th career pole position ahead of teammate Valtteri Bottas by four hundreds of a second as Mercedes lockout the front row.
The reigning world champion, who had a strong showing in winter testing a few months ago, backed it up claiming his third straight pole at Circuit de Barcelona putting an end to Ferrari’s pole streak.
Later Hamilton took to social media to share his thoughts of the day.
Sebastian Vettel and teammate Kimi Raikkonen finished third and fourth despite looking strong in the opening session.
Red Bull driver’s Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo will lineup on the third row in fifth and six. Verstappen briefly held pole before being eclipsed by Hamilton, Raikkonen, and Vettel. Haas’ Kevin Magnussen qualified seventh ahead of McLaren’s Fernando Alonso and Renault’s Carlos Saniz in eighth and ninth. The two Spaniards hope to put on a good show and bring home a good result for their home fans.
Magnussen’s teammate Romain Grosjean finished out the top ten with Stoffel Vandoorne finishing 11th in the second McLaren .
Force India’s Esteban Ocon finished 12th with Toro Rosso’s Pierre Gasly in 13th. Sauber’s Charles Leclerc, who continues to show progress in his debut season in F1, took 14th. After scoring his first podium of the season two weeks ago in Baku, Sergio Perez was unable to carry that momentum into qualifying as he will start 15th in tomorrow's race. Nico Hulkenberg finished 16th after his run was compromised by a fuel pressure issue in the opening session.
Marcus Ericsson finished 17th in the second Sauber with Sergey Sirotkin and Lance Stroll taking 18th and 19th for Williams. Despite Sirotkin receiving a penalty from Baku two weeks ago, he will only move down one place due to Brendon Harley starting 20th. Hartley was unable to post a time after suffering a massive crash during the final practice session. With the unpredictability we have seen in the last two rounds, it’s easy to say tomorrow's race could continue the trend.