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SPANISH GRAND PRIX QUALIFYING

SPANISH GRAND PRIX QUALIFYING

MERCEDES DRIVER LEWIS HAMILTON TAKES POLE ON SOFT TYRES, BEATING HIS BENCHMARK OF LAST YEAR BY NEARLY THREE SECONDS

TRACK TEMPERATURES EXCEED 44 DEGREES IN SPANISH GRAND PRIX QUALIFYING

TWO PIT STOPS EXPECTED FOR THE MAJORITY OF DRIVERS TOMORROW

Mercedes, Ferrari and Red Bull were the only teams to get through Q1 using only one set of the soft tyres.

From then on, only the soft tyre was used – so this is the tyre that the top 10 will start the race on, with two pit stops expected for most drivers. Fernando Alonso qualified seventh for his home grand prix after completing just one run on the soft in Q3, along with Williams driver Felipe Massa and the two Force Indias.

MARIO ISOLA - HEAD OF CAR RACING

“We had an extremely close qualifying session, with very small margins between the contenders. I think we can expect two pit stops tomorrow, as the performance gap between the medium and soft means that the drivers will all want to maximise their running on the softer compound. As a result, we’d expect at least two stints on the soft for as long as possible, with just one stint on the slower medium.”

HOW THE TYRES BEHAVED TODAY

FREE PRACTICE 3 – TOP 3 TIMES

QUALIFYING TOP 10

MOST LAPS BY COMPOUND SO FAR

BEST TIME BY COMPOUND SO FAR

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