Lewis Hamilton recorded a fastest lap of 1: 19.149 seconds on the Circuit de Catalyuna in Barcelona for his third pole of the season and the 64th of his F1 career, one fewer than his hero Ayrton Senna and four adrift of F1 legend Michael Schumacher’s all-time record.
Historically, it’s been significant to start from the front in Barcelona – 13 of the last 16 Spanish Grands Prix have been won from pole.
“Amazing job by the team and super proud we can get back up there and have a better weekend. The first lap of Q3 was really good, the second was so-so. It’s always a morale boost when you come and see support.” Hamilton said
“It is definitely a step forward,” Hamilton said of the upgrade. “Everyone worked very hard to bring the upgrade here, as every team did but they have done a great job to put the car package to move forward in this fight to make us stronger for this battle.
“We potentially were a tenth ahead of the Ferraris, then in Q3 it seemed that we were a lot closer,” commented Hamilton.
“We knew it’d be quite intense for us, but we made some changes going into qualifying, the car felt great, and I was very happy with it. The Brit added
“The Q1 lap was very, very difficult, Q2 lap was so-so, but good enough, and the first lap in Q3 was very good.
“On the second lap I was up, lost two-tenths and didn’t finish it in the way that I should, but still it was good enough to keep me in.”
Hamilton’s team mate Valtteri Bottas, a first-time winner in Russia two weeks ago, qualified third, with Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen fourth.