But heading into Qualifying, it would seem that Mercedes are looking like the team to beat heading into the session that look set to gain Pole Position ahead of the race on Sunday. But Williams or Ferrari may spring a surprise and throw a spanner into the works based on their early pace and promise within the Practice sessions.
Let the battle for Pole Position begin…
In Q1, Hamilton tops the timesheets with a time of 1.26.382, Rosberg was second, Raikkonen was third, Sainz was fourth and Massa was fifth. Bottas, Maldonado, Grosjean, Verstappen and Vettel managed to get 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th and 10th places for their teams. At the end of Q1, we lose Ericsson, Hulkenberg, Perez, Stevens and Merhi.
In Q2, Rosberg tops the timesheets with a time of 1.25.166, Hamilton is second, Raikkonen is third, Massa is fourth and Vettel is in fifth place behind Rosberg. Bottas, Verstappen, Sainz Jr, Ricciardo and Kvyat finish the top 10 as we head into the final session of Qualifying. At the end of Q2, we lose Grosjean, Maldonado, Alonso, Button and Nasr.
The battle for pole position is on…
In Q3, Rosberg tops the timesheet and gets pole with a lap time of 1.24.681 to claim his first Pole Position of the season and Mercedes’ 16th consecutive Pole in a row at the Spanish GP. Hamilton was second fastest with a gap of 0.267 seconds behind Rosberg and Vettel was a credible third fastest with a gap of 0.777 seconds behind Rosberg.
Bottas was a credible fourth fastest with a gap of 1.013 seconds behind and local driver Sainz Jr was an impeessive fifth fastest with a gap of 1.455 seconds behind Rosberg. Verstappen was sixth fastest with a gap of 1.568 seconds behind, Raikkonen was seventh fastest with a gap of 1.733 seconds behind, Kvyat was eighth fastest with a gap of 1.948 seconds behind, Massa was ninth fastest with a gap of 2.076 seconds behind and Ricciardo was tenth fastest with a gap of 2.089 seconds behind Rosberg.
It would seem that Mercedes genuinely has the pace to challenge for the race win again this weekend despite their form in Qualifying. Both of the Mercedes drivers seem to have the cars underneath them to do this and have been consistent and fast throughout every session so far this weekend.
You cannot discount Ricciardo, Bottas, Massa, Vettel or even Raikkonen even to be challenging also for the race win and could also be the dark horses to take the win away from Mercedes that could see gaining some points on their rivals to leapfrog in the Constructors Championship.
Ricciardo, Kvyat, Verstappen and Sainz Jr could also have a decent race tomorrow and pick up some much needed points for their respective teams. Will it rain tomorrow? I do not know. Who will win the Grand Prix tomorrow? I really don’t know Who will win the championship after this race?
Let’s see what happens tomorrow on the Barcelona circuit on race day tomorrow…