Full qualifying times HERE
- Hamilton beats Rosberg by less than 0.2s
- Ricciardo a second back in third as Vettel stops on track
- Maldonado crashes on first lap of Q1
Lewis Hamilton secured pole position for the Spanish Grand Prix by beating team-mate Nico Rosberg by 0.168s in Barcelona as Sebastian Vettel hit more trouble.
While Rosberg had topped FP3, Hamilton responded in qualifying and took pole position on his final lap having momentarily been knocked down to second place by his team-mate. Daniel Ricciardo was third for Red Bull but a second adrift of Hamilton's time, and Vettel will start from tenth place after stopping on track.
Vettel had just emerged from the pit lane for his first run of Q3 when he stopped at Turn 3, radioing in to tell the team: “I have no drive, I'm sorry, I have no drive”. Replays also showed Hamilton getting close to the slow Red Bull, with Vettel saying: “I am sorry for Lewis but I had all kinds of lights flashing at me”.
Valtteri Bottas lines up fourth for Williams, while Romain Grosjean qualified fifth to give Lotus its best starting position of the season so far. Kimi Raikkonen beat Fernando Alonso to sixth place in the battle at Ferrari, while Jenson Button, Felipe Massa and Vettel complete the top ten.
Both Mercedes and Red Bull cars were able to get through to Q3 with just one run, while a technical problem for Kevin Magnussen limited him to 15th place, and Jean-Eric Vergne opted not to run in Q2 with a ten-place grid penalty hanging over him following an unsafe release during Friday practice.
Button left it late to make it through to the top ten, with Alonso only squeezing through in tenth place. Both Force India's endured a disappointing day as Nico Hulkenberg and Sergio Perez dropped out – with Perez warning overtaking will be difficult in Sunday's race – along with Daniil Kvyat and Esteban Gutierrez.
Pastor Maldonado crashed very early in the first session as he dropped the Lotus exiting Turn 3 having run slightly wide, hitting the wall on the inside of the track and damaging the front of the car heavily.
After a red flag period to recover Maldonado's car, Adrian Sutil was the other driver to drop out alongside the Marussias and Caterhams as a late lap from Button pushed him down in to the bottom six. Max Chilton produced an impressive lap to outqualify team-mate Jules Bianchi – who aborted his run after a mistake at Turn 7 – by over half a second. Q1 was a very close affair as well, with Ricciardo in fourth place just half a second clear of Sutil in the drop zone.