Felipe Massa was a very satisfied pole winner in qualifying for the Spanish Grand Prix after managing to silence the home supporters when he edged Fernando Alonso to the top spot in Barcelona.

Although Ferrari went to the Circuit de Catalunya as favourites for pole position following their dominant form in the test there a week earlier, it was McLaren that instead emerged as front runners following their clean sweep in practice.

Nonetheless, a concerted effort in the dying seconds of the top ten shootout saw Massa score an 'upset' and disappoint Alonso, not to mention the tens of thousands of fans watching in the stands, by securing his third pole position in a row and maintain Ferrari's record thus far this season.

Indeed, the Brazilian was delighted to humble his arch-rivals and is now eager to claw back more of the points he dropped in the opening two rounds of the season.

"I really got a great lap! This third consecutive pole shows that our car is really competitive. My first run was not perfect, but on the second I managed to get things right without making the slightest mistake.

"Tomorrow's race will be very close and I hope that with a huge crowd like we saw today in the grandstands, the spectators will see a real spectacle. I hope to make a good start and make the most of pole. Along with the team we are working very well and I am very motivated and also confident about the race."



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