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Lewis Hamilton takes pole at the Spanish Grand Prix, Sebastian Vettel second fastest

Hamilton takes pole, Vettel second fastest

13/05/2017 at 13:10Updated 13/05/2017 at 14:23

Lewis Hamilton will start the Spanish Grand Prix in pole position after a blistering fastest lap in the Spanish sunshine at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya.

Mercedes were the team to beat after a hugely impressive showing in Friday’s practice. But they didn’t have it all their own way as Ferrari stepped up a gear in Q2.

The pole was the 64th of the Briton's career, one short of his late Brazilian boyhood idol Ayrton Senna in the all-time lists.

Hamilton's team mate Valtteri Bottas, a first-time winner in Russia two weeks ago, qualified third, with Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen fourth.

Dutch teenager Max Verstappen, who became Formula One's youngest winner in Spain last year after Hamilton and then team mate Nico Rosberg collided at the start, will start Sunday's race in fifth place.

Hamilton will be searching for his second Grand Prix win of the season in Spain, but trails his front-row rival Vettel in the season standings after four races.

(Additional reporting from Reuters)

Qualifying from the Formula One Spanish Grand Prix

1. Lewis Hamilton (Britain) Mercedes 1:19.149

2. Sebastian Vettel (Germany) Ferrari 1:19.200

3. Valtteri Bottas (Finland) Mercedes 1:19.373

4. Kimi Raikkonen (Finland) Ferrari 1:19.439

5. Max Verstappen (Netherlands) Red Bull - TAG Heuer 1:19.706

6. Daniel Ricciardo (Australia) Red Bull - TAG Heuer 1:20.175

7. Fernando Alonso (Spain) McLaren 1:21.048

8. Sergio Perez (Mexico) Force India - Mercedes 1:21.070

9. Felipe Massa (Brazil) Williams-Mercedes 1:21.232

10. Esteban Ocon (France) Force India - Mercedes 1:21.272

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11. Kevin Magnussen (Denmark) Haas - Ferrari 1:21.329

12. Carlos Sainz Jr (Spain) Toro Rosso - Renault 1:21.371

13. Nico Huelkenberg (Germany) Renault 1:21.397

14. Romain Grosjean (France) Haas - Ferrari 1:21.517

15. Pascal Wehrlein (Germany) Sauber - Ferrari 1:21.803

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16. Marcus Ericsson (Sweden) Sauber - Ferrari 1:22.332

17. Jolyon Palmer (Britain) Renault 1:22.401

18. Lance Stroll (Canada) Williams-Mercedes 1:22.411

19. Stoffel Vandoorne (Belgium) McLaren 1:22.532

20. Daniil Kvyat (Russia) Toro Rosso - Renault 1:22.746

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1-10: third and final qualifying session

11-15: second qualifying session

16-20: first qualifying session

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