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GP Spain 2015 (qualifying): Rosberg defeats Hamilton

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GP Spain 2015 (qualifying)
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Z for the first time this season has to be Lewis Hamilton queue up after qualifying. The Brit lost the qualifying duel on Saturday afternoon (9 May 2015) against his stable and World Cup rival Nico Rosberg.

At 24 degrees air temperature, the German burned a time of 1: 24.681 minutes the 47 degrees hot asphalt. He not only distanced Hamilton by 0.267 seconds, but also gained a lot of confidence for tomorrow's race.

Vettel clearly behind Mercedes

'I found the car's balance well. Everything went well Great. Pole is a very big advantage. Because it's very difficult to overtake here. I'll try to convert my advantage tomorrow, 'said Rosberg. The pole setter won the last 11 of the 13 races in Barcelona. Hamilton, on the other hand, complained of understeer.

Sebastian Vettel and Valtteri Bottas will share the second row on Sunday. The Mercedes were out of reach for both of them. The four-time world champion was about three quarters of a second short of pole. On Saturday morning, things looked even better for Ferrari in the third practice session. But in qualifying the Silver Arrows upped the ante, as has been seen several times this year.

Toro Rosso confirmed the strong impressions from Friday. Carlos Sainz and Max Verstappen will tackle the 2015 Spanish GP together from the third row. Red Bull, on the other hand, is promoted to B-Team on the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya. Daniil Kvyat only reached eighth place, Daniel Ricciardo was only 10. So the many new parts do not yet have the desired effect.

Kimi Räikkönen was disappointed in seventh position. The Finn was missing a second on Vettel. Even for Felipe Massa in ninth place, things did not go optimally.

Alonso beats Button in the McLaren duel

By almost half a second, Lotus failed to jump among the best ten cars. Romain Grosjean (11th) prevailed over Pastor Maldonado and inflicted the fifth defeat on the Venezuelan in qualifying in the fifth race. Nevertheless, Grosjean cursed his understeering car: 'I completely lost the front at the entrance to turn ten.'

Behind the two Lotus Fernando Alonso took 13th place in the McLaren-Honda. The Spaniard made a mistake in the final attempt in the second section. At the exit of the seventh bend it slippedHeck away, which led to a wild drift and loss of time. The jump into the top 10 would not have been possible without the mishap. After all, Alonso was almost nine tenths short of Daniil Kvyat's Q2 mark.

The second McLaren driver, Jenson Button, had to put up with 14th position. The British were separated by 94 thousandths from their Spanish stable rivals. After all, both McLaren were able to leave both Sauber and Force India behind. Felipe Nasr put his C34 on the eighth row.

Both Force India out in Q1

There he scores on his teammates. Marcus Ericsson had to give up in the first run. The Swede was almost half a second short of his team-mate Nasr in Q1. Force India also went off work early. A result that was in sight. The Indian-English racing team should not improve until the GP Silverstone 2015. The B version of the VJM08 is set to debut in England.

After all, Nico Hülkenberg (17th) won the qualifying duel against Sergio Perez (18th). Hülk leads the team-internal duel 4: 1. 'We're just not fast enough. When it comes to downforce, Barcelona is a killer track. Unfortunately, we don't have enough of that. Tomorrow in the race it will be difficult again. Maybe I should talk to Charlie (Whiting) about making me 3rd Let go minutes earlier. Then I might have a chance of victory, 'joked Hülk.

The two Manor drivers will start from the back row tomorrow, Sunday. Roberto Merhi (1: 32.038 minutes) undercut the 107 percent hurdle, measured against the fastest Q1 time, by just four tenths. Will Stevens stayed 1.2 seconds under the mark and clearly beat the Spaniard.

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