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Hamilton pleased with Spanish GP pole position

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Title leader Lewis Hamilton secure the pole position for Spanish Grand Prix race following edging out his team-mate Valtteri Bottas by just four hundredths of a second.

Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel has been the flying dominant of this season following a hat-trick of poles, but today Hamilton reformed the story at Barcelona’s Circuit de Catalunya.

Vettel will start from the third following qualifying 0.132 seconds slower than Hamilton. The second Ferrari ace Kimi Raikkonen finished in fourth, ahead of the Red Bull duo of Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo.

“It was very close but I am very happy,” Hamilton said. “I needed this pole because I haven’t had one for a while.”

The Pole position is particularly very important at the Circuit de Catalunya as all-but-three of the last 17 races at Barcelona have been won from pole position.

“It took everything to get this result,” said a relieved Hamilton. “Valtteri has been driving exceptionally well. It will be a tough race.”

Vettel made a minor mistake on turn one on his first Q3 run, made on super-soft tyres, before switching to softs for his final run.

“I think it was the right call, I was happier with that tyre,” said the Ferrari driver. “Hats off to Mercedes but I think tomorrow will be a close race.”

“We expected Mercedes to be very strong so tomorrow should be an interesting race,” Vettel added.

Hamilton identified and learning the Pirelli tyres at the start of the week as his importance and added: “These tyres seemed to have a small working window. The working range is far narrower than last year. I don’t know why they worked in Australia and they haven’t worked ever since.”

Hamilton, who holds a four-point championship lead over Sebastian Vettel, delivered a record-breaking lap of Barcelona’s Circuit de Catalunya to claim his first pole since the opening round in Australia.

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