Rosberg on pole as Mercedes takes front-row

Saturday 11th May 2013, 14:09 by TF1T Staff 

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Nico Rosberg took his second consecutive pole position for Mercedes with a blistering lap in Barcelona to start at the very front.

The German's 1:20.718 was over two-tenths quicker than team-mate Lewis Hamilton who starts in second to give Mercedes their first 1-2 on Saturday since the Brawn GP days.

The pair were the oly cars to dip below 1:21, with third placed Sebastian Vettel over three tenths slower than Rosberg.

Kimi Raikkonen will start behind the German and ahead of local favourite Fernando Alonso in fifth. Felipe Massa was just one thousandth slower than his team-mate - however he may face a penalty for blocking Mark Webber who starts eighth.

Sergio Perez was the surprise Q3 runner, taking ninth whilst Jenson Button failed to exit the second session and will start 14th despite a raft of updates for McLaren.

Williams were hoping to make it through to Q2 with both cars, but they were left upset as both Valtteri Bottas and Pastor Maldonado failed to escape Q1 with the Caterhams and Marussias.

Qualifying - 2013 Spanish Grand Prix

#Driver Team Q1Q2Q3
03 S. Vettel Red Bull 1:22.158 1:21.602 1:21.054
08 M. Webber Red Bull 1:22.342 1:21.718 1:21.570
14 J. Button McLaren 1:23.166 1:22.355
09 S. Perez McLaren 1:23.116 1:21.790 1:22.069
07 R. Grosjean Lotus 1:22.613 1:21.308 1:21.308
01 N. Rosberg Mercedes 1:21.913 1:21.776 1:20.718
05 F. Alonso Ferrari 1:22.264 1:21.646 1:21.218
04 K. Räikkönen Lotus 1:22.210 1:21.676 1:21.177
02 L. Hamilton Mercedes 1:21.728 1:21.001 1:20.972
15 N. Hulkenberg Sauber 1:23.058 1:22.389
06 F. Massa Ferrari 1:22.492 1:21.978 1:21.219
10 P. di Resta Force India 1:22.663 1:22.019 1:22.233
13 A. Sutil Force India 1:22.952 1:22.346
17 V. Bottas Williams 1:23.260    
12 J-E. Vergne Toro Rosso 1:22.775 1:22.166
11 D. Ricciardo Toro Rosso 1:22.905 1:22.127
18 P. Maldonado Williams 1:23.318
16 E. Gutierrez Sauber 1:23.218 1:22.793  
20 J. Bianchi Marussia 1:24.713    
21 M. Chilton Marussia 1:24.996    
19 G. van der Garde Caterham 1:24.661    
22 C. Pic Caterham 1:25.070    



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