Rosberg heads all-Mercedes front row

Rosberg heads all-Mercedes front row

11 May 2013 – Nico Rosberg claimed Mercedes' third successive pole position at the Circuit de Catalunya on Saturday, with the Silver Arrows again demonstrating dominant one-lap pace. The German, who set two times quick enough for the top spot, led team-mate Lewis Hamilton by 0.254 seconds, with Sebastian Vettel in third.

Amid increasing air and track temperatures, it was Hamilton who entered the final shootout on form, having comfortably set the pace in the second qualifying phase. However, he could not match Rosberg's best Q3 effort of 1:20.718 and had to settle for second, just ahead of reigning World Champion Vettel and Lotus rival Räikkönen.

After featuring near the front all weekend, Ferrari will undoubtedly be feeling slightly disappointed with its qualifying performance. Fernando Alonso slipped back to fifth during the last set of runs, with Felipe Massa sixth after topping the timesheets in third practice. Romain Grosjean and Mark Webber were next up, while leading McLaren runner Sergio Pérez and Force India's Paul di Resta rounded out the top ten.

Toro Rosso drivers Daniel Ricciardo and Jean-Éric Vergne narrowly missed out on Q3 spots. The pair will share the sixth row ahead of Adrian Sutil and McLaren’s Jenson Button, whose so far dismal weekend is showing no signs of improving. Sauber's Nico Hülkenberg and Esteban Gutiérrez were the last to fall at the second hurdle, although the latter is due to be investigated for blocking Räikkönen at the end of Q1.

The back of the grid, providing penalties are not dished out by the stewards for blocking, will be made up of the the three teams yet to score a point this season: Williams, Caterham and Marussia. Rookie Valtteri Bottas again got the better of team-mate Pastor Maldonado, but the Grove-based endured its first double exit from the opening phase of qualifying for the first time since the 2009 Italian Grand Prix.

Caterham’s Giedo van der Garde this time led the battle of the newer teams, edging out Jules Bianchi by 52 thousandths of a second. Max Chilton trailed his Marussia team-mate by just under three tenths, while Charles Pic completed the runners.

Sunday afternoon's 66-lap race at the Circuit de Catalunya begins at 2pm local time (GMT +2) and can be tracked via the GPUpdate.net live report feature

related

Comments

Latest News
Full
Compact

  1. Tuesday 30 September 2014

  2. Renault braced for engine penalties 16:03

    Renault braced for engine penalties

    Renault says it is braced for a spate of engine penalties in the closing stages of the 2014 season. Toro Rosso rookie...

    F1
  3. 14:30

    MotoGP photos: Suzuki presents 2015 bike

    MotoGP
  4. Suzuki signs Aleix Espargaró, Viñales for 2015 13:28

    Suzuki signs Aleix Espargaró, Viñales for 2015

    Suzuki has signed Aleix Espargaró and Maverick Viñales for its comeback MotoGP season in 2015. The Japanese manufacturer,...

    MotoGP
  5. Video: Force India drivers preview Suzuka 11:59

    Video: Force India drivers preview Suzuka

    Force India drivers Nico Hülkenberg and Sergio Pérez preview the Japanese Grand Prix.

    F1
  6. Ferrari 'determined' to overhaul Williams 11:55

    Ferrari 'determined' to overhaul Williams

    Ferrari says it is "determined" to reclaim third in the Constructors' standings during the season run-in. With five...

    F1
  7. Formula E chief outlines manufacturer plan 11:33

    Formula E chief outlines manufacturer plan

    Formula E CEO Alejandro Agag has set out plans for the new all-electric championship to progressively move away from its...

    Formula E
  8. Button says McLaren on 'upward curve' 10:03

    Button says McLaren on 'upward curve'

    Jenson Button believes that his McLaren team is on an "upward curve" with the development of the MP4-29 chassis, even though...

    F1
  9. Suzuka memories: Senna, Prost collide, 1990 05:07

    Suzuka memories: Senna, Prost collide, 1990

    A year after their infamous clash as McLaren team-mates, Ayrton Senna and Alain Prost collide at the first corner of the...

    F1
  10. Monday 29 September 2014

  11. Video: Sainz Jr. inspects shopping mall 16:24

    Video: Sainz Jr. inspects shopping mall

    Carlos Sainz Jr. carries out a unique inspection of the Yas Mall, Abu Dhabi ahead of its opening in November.

    F1
  12. Penske adds Pagenaud as fourth driver 15:25

    Penske adds Pagenaud as fourth driver

    Simon Pagenaud will drive a fourth Penske car in 2015, the reigning champion team has announced. The 30-year-old...

    Indy
  13. Video: Rossi crashes out at Aragón 14:09

    Video: Rossi crashes out at Aragón

    Valentino Rossi avoided serious injury during this violent crash in Sunday's Aragón Grand Prix.

    MotoGP
  14. Rossi back to '100 per cent' after crash 13:55

    Rossi back to '100 per cent' after crash

    Valentino Rossi says he is already feeling "100 per cent" again after his Aragón Grand Prix crash. The works Yamaha rider...

    MotoGP
  15. Hamilton yearning for first Suzuka win 11:58

    Hamilton yearning for first Suzuka win

    Lewis Hamilton has his sights fixed on claiming his first ever victory at the Suzuka circuit this weekend. Although...

    F1
  16. Verstappen confirmed for Suzuka practice 11:19

    Verstappen confirmed for Suzuka practice

    Toro Rosso has confirmed that future racer Max Verstappen will drive at a Formula 1 event for the first time this weekend,...

    F1
  17. Single DRS zone retained at Suzuka 11:11

    Single DRS zone retained at Suzuka

    The FIA has retained a single DRS zone for this weekend's Japanese Grand Prix. As in previous years at the Suzuka...

    F1
  18. Force India continuing to develop VJM07 10:49

    Force India continuing to develop VJM07

    Force India boss Vijay Mallya says the team will continue to develop the VJM07 chassis over the closing stages of the 2014...

    F1
  19. Verstappen passes extensive medical tests 09:41

    Verstappen passes extensive medical tests

    Max Verstappen has passed an extensive medical evaluation as preparations ramp up for his maiden Formula 1 campaign with...

    F1
  20. Suzuka memories: Räikkönen's last-lap pass 05:12

    Suzuka memories: Räikkönen's last-lap pass

    Kimi Räikkönen claimed victory at Suzuka in 2005 with this stunning last-lap move on Giancarlo Fisichella.

    F1
  21. Sunday 28 September 2014

  22. 17:05

    Latest MotoGP photos: Sunday at Aragón

    MotoGP
  23. Rossi suffers concussion in Aragón crash 16:22

    Rossi suffers concussion in Aragón crash

    Valentino Rossi suffered a concussion but escaped serious injury following his crash in the Aragón Grand Prix on...

    MotoGP
  24. Lorenzo wins epic dry-wet race at Aragón 13:53

    Lorenzo wins epic dry-wet race at Aragón

    Jorge Lorenzo claimed his first win of 2014 in an epic dry-wet race at MotorLand Aragón after Repsol Honda riders Marc...

    MotoGP
  25. 12:51

    Latest FR3.5 photos: Sunday at Paul Ricard

    FR 3.5
  26. Sainz Jr. inches towards title with seventh win 12:50

    Sainz Jr. inches towards title with seventh win

    Red Bull young driver Carlos Sainz Jr. controlled proceedings at Paul Ricard to claim his second win of the weekend and move...

    FR 3.5
  27. Caterham has performed a small miracle – Ravetto 10:24

    Caterham has performed a small miracle – Ravetto

    Caterham Team Principal Manfredi Ravetto believes that the squad has achieved a "small miracle" in 2014, following the...

    F1
  28. Lotus pair hopeful of more 2014 points 07:28

    Lotus pair hopeful of more 2014 points

    Lotus drivers Romain Grosjean and Pastor Maldonado say that they have not ruled out adding to the squad's points tally...

    F1
  29. Video of the Day: F1 in every Renault – Umbrella 05:04

    Video of the Day: F1 in every Renault – Umbrella

    Unsuspecting Renault drivers experience the sensation of being on a Formula 1 starting grid.

    F1
  30. Saturday 27 September 2014

  31. Red Bull sure of closer Renault relationship 15:20

    Red Bull sure of closer Renault relationship

    Red Bull consultant Helmut Marko says that the current champions will have a closer relationship with engine supplier...

    F1
  32. 14:00

    Latest MotoGP photos: Saturday at Aragón

    MotoGP
  33. Márquez flies to pole at MotorLand Aragón 13:58

    Márquez flies to pole at MotorLand Aragón

    MotoGP championship leader Marc Márquez will start the Aragón Grand Prix from pole position after he set the quickest time d...

    MotoGP
  34. 13:00

    Latest FR3.5 photos: Saturday at Paul Ricard

    FR 3.5
  35. Sainz Jr. marches to victory at Paul Ricard 12:53

    Sainz Jr. marches to victory at Paul Ricard

    Carlos Sainz Jr. took a giant step towards this year's Formula Renault 3.5 title after easing to his sixth victory of the...

    FR 3.5
  36. Márquez on top in third Aragón session 09:46

    Márquez on top in third Aragón session

    Marc Márquez set the quickest time during third practice at MotorLand Aragón in Spain. Márquez spent much of the session f...

    MotoGP
  37. Chester doubts F1 will enforce telemetry ban 07:14

    Chester doubts F1 will enforce telemetry ban

    Lotus Technical Director Nick Chester says he doubts Formula 1 will add a telemetry ban to its radio clampdown as the sport...

    F1
  38. Video of the Day: Virtual lap of Sochi track 05:06

    Video of the Day: Virtual lap of Sochi track

    With a fortnight to go until the inaugural Russian Grand Prix at Sochi, enjoy a virtual lap in F1 2014.

    F1
  39. Friday 26 September 2014

  40. Substance contamination caused Rosberg failure 19:31

    Substance contamination caused Rosberg failure

    Mercedes has revealed that a freak substance contamination contributed to Nico Rosberg's retirement from last weekend's...

    F1
  41. 15:38

    Latest MotoGP photos: Friday at Aragón

    MotoGP
  42. Dovizioso keeps GP14.2 on top in FP2 14:02

    Dovizioso keeps GP14.2 on top in FP2

    Andrea Dovizioso made it a clean sweep for Ducati's GP14.2 by topping Friday's second practice session at MotorLand...

    MotoGP
  43. Radiator seal led to Magnussen issue 12:05

    Radiator seal led to Magnussen issue

    McLaren has confirmed that a broken radiator seal led to hot air being pumped into Kevin Magnussen's cockpit during the...

    F1
  44. MotoGP announces 2015 calendar 11:15

    MotoGP announces 2015 calendar

    MotoGP has announced its 2015 calendar, with 18 rounds and the current race order retained. Donington Park is the only...

    MotoGP
  45. Caterham eager to retain Ericsson 11:01

    Caterham eager to retain Ericsson

    Caterham's new team boss, Manfredi Ravetto, says he wants to hold on to Marcus Ericsson for 2015. Although the season has...

    F1
more news