V altteri Bottas would have liked a little less excitement. Just as he was about to focus on qualifying in practice three, the Finn made an unnecessary spin. The number 77 Silver Arrow was unable to break free from the gravel. The third pole position in a row no longer seemed very likely.
A few hours later, however, the good mood of the world championship leader was restored. In the decisive qualifying section, Bottas outclassed the competition. The Silver Arrow driver put more than six tenths between himself and the rest of the Formula 1 world. No driver had dominated the fight against the clock this year.
Ferrari, as feared, could not keep up with the pace. Even for Sebastian Vettel, the day in the third training session had not started promisingly. In contrast to Bottas, the Heppenheimer could at least continue after his spin in the chicane. Team mate Charles Leclerc then caught it in qualifying when he rumbled over the curbs and damaged the underbody.
Hülkenberg loses front wing
Nico Hülkenberg didn’t get through qualifying unscathed either. Already on his first attempt, the Rhinelander turned a little too optimistically into Turn 4. The car was overwhelmed. The grip was simply not enough for the selected speed. And so Hulkenberg had to go through the gravel bed. Unfortunately, the gang was so close at this point that the front wing had to believe in it.
The Renault dragged itself back to the pits on its own. But after the messed up beginning, it wasn't quite enough to make the hurdle totake second qualifying section. After all, Hulkenberg had provided some spectacular pictures. In the gallery we show you all the highlights from qualifying Saturday in Barcelona.