2014 Spanish Formula 1 Grand Prix - Qualifying

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Hello and welcome to live coverage of qualifying for the Spanish Grand Prix!
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The weather continues to deliver in Barcelona, with temperatures rising all the time
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Earlier today, Mercedes continued to dominate proceedings
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Nico Rosberg outpaced team-mate Lewis Hamilton, but set his time on the softer tyres
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We're now looking forward to the battle for pole position...
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As a reminder, Pirelli has brought its Medium (White) and Hard (Orange) tyres to Spain
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There are also two DRS zones in place this weekend
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The first comes along the back straight, with the second on the main straight
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The drivers are now strapped into their cars and ready to go...
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The green light switches on at the end of the pit lane and Q1 is underway!
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Gutierrez is the first driver out for Sauber
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The Mexican is on the Hard tyres
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Sutil heads out in the second Sauber
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The Force Indias also leave the pits
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Expect the frontrunners to get through to Q2 on the Hard compound tyre
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Those on the brink are likely to give the Medium rubber a go
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The Lotus drivers are the next to emerge
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Gutierrez clocks the first time of the session, lapping in 1:29.257
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Replays show Sutil locking up at Turn 4
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He also hit the kerbs at the Turn 7/8 chicane
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Hulkenberg moves to the front on 1:28.856
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Maldonado has hit the wall and is out of qualifying
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The session has been red flagged, with Maldonado's car in an unsafe position
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Replays show the Lotus driver losing the rear end at Turn 3 before sliding across the track and into the concrete wall
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That will give his mechanics plenty to do this afternoon...
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Some glum faces on the Lotus pit wall as Maldonado's car is slowly recovered
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Perez was a little delayed in getting back to his garage, but he has now arrived
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A crane is now on the scene to clear Maldonado's E22
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The marshals struggle to control Maldonado's airborne car, but get away with it
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Maldonado is back in the paddock, with his helmet still on...
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The track is clear and we're green once more
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Chilton, Bianchi and Ericsson head straight out on the Medium tyres
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The Mercedes duo also leave the pits
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Just under 12 minutes left on the clock in Q1
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As expected, Hamilton and Rosberg are on the Hard tyres
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Rosberg surges clear with a 1:26.764
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Bottas goes second for Williams
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Massa moves ahead of his team-mate
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Replays show Ricciardo running over the kerbs at the Turn 7/8 chicane
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Hamilton's first lap was ruined by a wild moment on the exit of Turn 5
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Hamilton gets a clean lap in to go P2, 0.474 seconds down on Rosberg
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Vettel has gone third, behind the Mercedes duo
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Button, currently 11th, says he is struggling to get the front tyres working
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The McLaren driver is on the Hard rubber at present
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Hamilton says "we've made the car worse" between sessions
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Hulkenberg complains of poor rear-end balance once more
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Plenty of drivers unhappy with their cars as the temperatures rise further
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Ricciardo moves up to fourth, just behind team-mate Vettel
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Grosjean gets himself out of the drop zone
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Sutil is now on the cusp for Sauber
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Only the Mercedes, Red Bulls and Ferrari driver Alonso are yet to use the Mediums
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The chequered flag comes out to signal the end to Q1
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Sutil has improved, putting Button in the drop zone
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Can the Briton respond on his final lap?
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He does! Button jumps up to ninth position
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Out in Q1: SUT, CHI, BIA, ERI, KOB, MAL
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A strong lap from Chilton, who beats team-mate Bianchi by more than half a second
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Meanwhile, Ericsson out-qualifies fellow Caterham driver Kobayashi for the first time
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Q2 gets underway in Barcelona
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Force India drivers Hulkenberg and Perez are the first to head out
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Expect Medium tyres all the way from now on
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Hulkenberg posts the first time of Q2, lapping in 1:27.863
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Button is the only driver running on the Hard tyre
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Raikkonen moves to the front on 1:27.454
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Williams duo Massa and Bottas have slotted in behind
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Rosberg goes quickest with a 1:26.088
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Hamilton flashes past in P2, just over a tenth down on his team-mate
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So Rosberg retains the upper hand for the time being...
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Ricciardo up to third, with Vettel fourth
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Four tenths separate the Red Bull duo
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Button has gone 12th on the harder rubber
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Grosjean says his car is pulling left under braking
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Magnussen, currently 15th, has stepped out of his car
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It looks like the session is over for the Dane
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Ricciardo is told that he will not be running again in Q2
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The team obviously feels confident about its position
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McLaren confirms that Magnussen has a technical problem
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The Mercedes and Red Bull drivers are in the pits as the session draws to a close
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Vergne has joined Magnussen on the sidelines
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Massa up to fourth for Williams
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The chequered flag comes out
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Hulkenberg is ninth after his final lap
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Bottas moves up to eighth
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Grosjean goes sixth, with Raikkonen seventh
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Button improves to ninth
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Alonso does not improve but sneaks through in P10
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Out in Q2: HUL, PER, KVY, GUT, MAG, VER
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At the front, Rosberg remained fastest ahead of team-mate Hamilton
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Red Bull's Ricciardo was their nearest challenger
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Q3 is underway!
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Rosberg and Hamilton head out early on
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As expected, both men are on Mediums
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Plenty of flying laps on the way now
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Vettel has stopped with no drive!
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He has ground to a halt in the first sector
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The red flags come out again
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Replays suggest that the German's problems began when leaving the pits
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That wipes out the opening Q1 runs, with nobody able to put a time on the board
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Vettel's car is now being recovered by the marshals
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Rosberg is the first driver out as the session resumes
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Hamilton joins him in the sister Mercedes
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Ricciardo and Alonso are the next to emerge
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Rosberg posts the first time of Q3, clocking a 1:26.561
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Hamilton usurps his team-mate on 1:26.288
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Ricciardo goes third, three tenths down on Hamilton
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Alonso is a distant fourth for Ferrari
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There will be enough time for this quartet to complete second runs
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The other drivers are waiting patiently for their sole attempts
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Fresh tyres for everybody, with all drivers bar the sidelined Vettel now on track
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Hamilton goes fastest of all through the first sector
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Raikkonen up to fourth in his Ferrari
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Another best sector time from Hamilton
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Grosjean edges out Raikkonen for P4
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Rosberg goes quickest with a 1:25.400
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But Hamilton fights back, posting a 1:25.232 to take pole position!
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A superb lap from the 2008 World Champion
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Ricciardo finishes third, over a second adrift of Hamilton
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Bottas is fourth, ahead of Grosjean and Ferrari duo Raikkonen and Alonso
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Button, Massa and the stationary Vettel complete the top ten
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"Nice work Lewis, nice work. That's P1," is the message to Hamilton
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Thank you for joining us throughout today's action
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We will be back for Sunday's race which gets underway at 2pm local time (GMT +2)