Lewis Hamilton beats Valtteri Bottas to pole for Spanish Grand Prix

• Bottas just four-hundredths behind Mercedes team-mate
• Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen take third and fourth

Lewis Hamilton took pole for the Spanish Grand Prix, securing a front row lock-out for Mercedes, with his team-mate Valtteri Bottas in second. Ferrari had looked strong but could not quite match their rivals. Sebastian Vettel was in third with Kimi Raikkonen in fourth. The two Red Bulls of Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo in fifth and sixth.

Hamilton has been desperate for a return to form over the single lap and with his Mercedes finally performing as expected and required he managed it superbly. When it mattered in Q3 he set a blistering lap on his first run and with the pressure on promptly improved it, taking pole with a time of 1min 16.173sec. He needed to perform at his best, pushed to the line by Bottas who finished just four-hundredths back.

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Source: Formula 1

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