Rosberg breaks Hamilton’s pole streak

FIA F1 | 2015 Formula 1 World Championship – Spanish Grand Prix (Qualifying)

Written and Images by - Jarrod Moore

Nico Rosberg has broken Lewis Hamilton’s pole streak and will be starting tomorrow’s Spanish Grand Prix from P1 managing a 1:24.681.

Hamilton was just three tenths slower and will be starting beside Rosberg with the Sebastian Vettel’s Ferrari close behind in P3 with a 1:25.458.

Vettel was the only driver who managed to get within a second of the Silver Arrows cars.

During the post qualifying driver interviews, Rosberg was asked ‘if pushing hard in Q2 at Bahrain to save his tyres for the race was his downfall and whether that maybe the difference here in Spain.’ Rosberg responded, “Of course, I need that sort of performance sooner rather than later”, explaining his pole position. “Its one step in the right direction toward winning here and it was a good day at the office”.

A frustrated Hamilton confessed he had not been able to find the right setup for his 44 car to match the pace, “I genuinely didn’t have the pace today” he said. “Nico did a great job and generally I don’t know if I really had the balance where I like it, I did my best with it and I think tomorrow there’s still a lot to play for.”

Both of the Force India cars were knocked out in Q1, with Hulkenberg complaining of an unbalanced rear end after just one lap.

Also out in the first qualifying session was the Sauber of Marcus Ericsson and the Manor F1 drivers, who were outside of the 107% rule.

The McLaren Hondas have shown signs of improvement making it to Q2, Jenson Button stated “the car is 10 times better than it was in winter testing, however we still have a lot of work to do being two seconds off the pace by the end of Q2.”

Images by Jarrod Moore

Toro Rosso had a strong qualifying session to step ahead of the two more experienced Red Bull cars. Young gun Carlos Sainz will start in his best ever position of fifth, while team mate Max Verstappen managed sixth, only a tenth of a second behind.

Disappointment for Red Bull continued with Daniil Kvyat only being able to manage eighth position to out qualify his team mate Daniel Riccardo who finished in tenth with Felipe Massa splitting the pain in ninth position in the Williams.

Ricciardo and Red Bull found themselves in a difficult position using four of his possible five engines. He will now have the difficult task of nursing his engine at the next race in Monaco, where overtaking is generally harder than most tracks and reliable power is needed.

Throughout each session this weekend Rosberg has continued to impress with solid lap times and an aggressive setup that has helped to edge out Hamilton. Vettel is again within striking distance as he looks to take his second win of the year.

The top three cars look to be far more superior than the rest of the field, progressing through to Q3 without using the faster medium compound tyres.

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