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Hope you enjoyed that - the key question now is whether Mercedes can sustain that pace on race day? Join us at 12:30 tomorrow, ahead of the race at 13:00, to find out.

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The top 10: Rosberg, Hamilton, Vettel, Raikkonen, Alonso, Massa, Grojsean, Webber, Perez, Di Resta

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Grosjean pulls out and pits, Vettel gives it up... it's a Mercedes lock-out of the front row!

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ROSBERG IMPROVES, HAMILTON SECOND! The Ferraris cannot improve, and it's only Vettel or Grosjean left....

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Vettel second - Raikkonen third as the chequered flag waves. FINISH YOUR LAPS...

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Vettel - and then Raikkonen too - quickest through sector one.

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Thrilling finale in store here - every driver out on their warm-up laps - Vettel starts his flying lap and he alone may have time to do a second if this one does not pay off.

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Here we go - Red Bulls and Lotuses hit the road. The others are following. Everyone wanting a bit of track space and to be as late as possible to the line.

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A quiet period now as the drivers prepare for their final tilt at pole position. Have we already seen that pole position run? It will take a fine, fine lap to beat Rosberg now.

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Massa just a whisker behind Alonso, currently third. It's hard to bet against an all-Mercedes front row at the moment. All up to Hamilton to get his one lap spot on.

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WOW AGAIN! Rosberg sets a 1:20.824 - that's even quicker than Hamilton in Q2 - Alonso (P2), Grosjean (P3) can't touch that.

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Raikkonen has slipped up at turn five - it may hurt his time here - 1:21.539 is not bad but won't be enough for pole, you wouldn't think.

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Vettel, Hamilton, Webber and Di Resta all stay put. That suggests that those four at least will be going for one run only.

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Alonso and Rosberg follow, it's medium tyres all the way here.

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GO GO GO! 10 minutes for the top 10, and Raikkonen is straight out.

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It was really nip-and-tuck between the leading drivers in that session, until Hamilton's late lap blew everyone out of the water. The Mercedes pit wall couldn't hide their grins.

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IN THE TOP 10: Hamilton, Vettel, Alonso, Raikkonen, Webber, Rosberg, Perez, Massa, Grosjean, Di Resta.

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Eliminated in Q2: Gutierrez, Hulkenberg, Button, Sutil, Vergne, Ricciardo (reverse order)

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WOW! What a time! - Hamilton 1:21.001 - six-tenths clear of everyone! Didn't see that coming! And didn't see Perez slip in at 7th, a great lap, more than half a second clear of Button, who does not improve.

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Di Resta up to eighth - a good time but still in danger. It's mighty close at the top. SESSION OVER... Hamilton needs a lap! He's 13th, Button 16th... here they come...

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Webber up to fourth, just 0.116 seconds adrift. Di Resta looks like he'll be making a big jump in time here as well.

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Vettel top! 1:21.602! So three top drivers within a tenth of a second.

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Vettel and Webber on much-improved laps - barring incident they'll be fine. The top five staying put - everyone else out.

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Everyone in the pits except Vettel - Raikkonen not planning on venturing out, but told by his team to be prepared.

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McLaren are on a used set of medium tyres, according to Sky - that could have played a part in their disappointing time. But there are plenty of drivers with work to be done. As it stands, the top five look safe, but the rest, Hamilton, Vettel, Webber included, are far from it.

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Button through in 15th - ragged. So the top 10 looks like this: Alonso, Raikkonen, Rosberg, Massa, Grosjean, Hulkenberg, Hamilton, Vettel, Gutierrez, Webber

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The only men yet to set a time are the McLaren duo, but that is soon to change.

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Rosberg in, one-tenth behind Raikkonen. Alonso beats both by just three-hundredths. These are wafer-thin margins, and it's going to be anyone's game for pole position.

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Little lock-up from Hamilton on his warm-up lap. Alonso through sector one 0.004 seconds UP on Raikkonen...

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Hulkenberg takes a couple of tenths of that time, but Raikkonen blows it out of the water with a 1:21.676. Impressive, and over to the Red Bulls and Ferraris, who are now on track.

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Gutierrez - 1:22.910. It will have to be a long way better to reach Q3.

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Toro Rossos out on mediums, as is Raikkonen - in fact, mediums seem to be the only tyre in action across the board.

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Gutierrez is the first man out in Q2, and he'll need a decent time here if he isn't to slip right to the back. Hulkenberg also out.

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Still quiet on track - talk in the paddock that Gutierrez will be facing a punishment for blocking Raikkonen in Q1. To be fair, it looks quite open and shut.

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Two Wiliams haven't been eliminated in Q1 since the Italian GP of 2009, apparently.

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Q2 begins - again, with little sign of action.

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Eliminated from Q1 (Reverse order) - Pic, Chilton, Bianchi, Van der Garde, Maldonado, Bottas

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Final laps come through from the bottom six - but none can improve - that means that both Marussias, both Caterhams and both Williams. A grim result for the latter, particularly.

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... But still moves up to 4th! On the hard tyre! There's a warning for the rest of the field.

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The leading drivers are pitted, quite comfortable. Button a little too close to the bottom for comfort, as is Raikkonen, who's held up by Gutierrrez...

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Maldonado, pole-sitter and race winner last year, gets himself out of the bottom six - just - About two-tenths of a second to play with.

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Lewis Hamilton goes one quicker - 1:21.728 will do very nicely. Vettel tucks in third, Webber fifth. Four teams in very good shape so far - Lotus, Mercedes, Red Bull and Ferrari.

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Button sixth - 1.2 seconds adrift. It's going to get him out of Q1, but not much sign of improvement for Q2.

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Nico Rosberg with a 1:21.913 - fine time, three-tenths quicker than Alonso and more than safe for Q2. Pace we didn't see from Mercedes this morning.

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Mercedes and McLaren both venture out now - McLaren really struggling.

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Massa slots in behind him, while the Force India duo of Sutil and Di Resta come in 4th and 7th. Medium tyres, one run seems to be the approach of the leading racers.

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Alonso, running on mediums, soars to the top of the standings with a 1:22.264. That will do nicely.

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To the delight of the Spanish crowd, here comes Alonso, along with his Ferrari team-mate Felipe Massa.

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A very sedate start to this session - just half the drivers have even posted times.

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1:23.087 for Raikkonen - will that be enough to reach Q2? - Grosjean follows it with a 1:23.196.

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Raikkonen onto his timed lap, Grosjean about 30 seconds behind him on the track.

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Vergne slots in at the top with a 1:23.467 - that's a bit more like it. Williams are out, and Bottas tucks behind in second.

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1:24.1 from Ricciardo - that's not especially quick, but at least we have a time on the board. Behind him, Kimi Raikkonen sets off. He's the first of the front-runners.

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Ricciardo will set the first time of the session. Toro Rosso have looked good today - quicker than McLaren in the previous practice. McLaren don't look escaping Q2 at present.

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Some movement! Toro Rossos and Saubers both hit the front. All drivers on the hard tyres.

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Vettel spotted having a chat with his race engineers - doesn't look like a man on the brink of a qualifying run.

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Teams are eager to get away with runs on hard compound in Q1. Medium tyres, which are appreciably faster, will be crucial on race day.

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Erm, well in theory at least. Nobody going anywhere.

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GO GO GO!

13:00 

Some news to bring you just as qualifying start - Ferrari tech chief Pat Fry has been hospitalised with a kidney stone complaint, say the BBC - some adjustment needed on the pit wall, and we hope he's better soon.

12:55 

Fastest this morning was Felipe Massa in FP3 - but it was mighty tight. Kimi Raikkonen just 0.006 behind, and the Red Bulls weren't bad either. Mercedes were concentrating on their long runs, and after two poles in the last two races it would be rash to discount them.

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Temperature in Spain around 22C and cloudy, but less cloudy than it was this morning. A dry session expected.

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Hello and welcome to live text commentary from qualifying for the Spanish Grand Prix.