Formula One

 
               === Hamilton edges Rosberg for Spanish GP pole ===
 
 Barcelona,  Spain (SportsNetwork.com) - Lewis Hamilton claimed his fourth pole
 of  the  season by  topping his  Mercedes teammate  Nico Rosberg in Saturday's
 qualifying for the Spanish Grand Prix.
 
 Hamilton,  the 2008  Formula One world champion, made a lap around Barcelona's
 Circuit  de Catalunya in  1 minute, 25.232 seconds, as time had expired in the
 final round of qualifying (Q3). Rosberg had just completed his lap in 1:25.400
 before Hamilton crossed the line.
 
 It  was the  35th career  F1 pole  for Hamilton,  including his  first in  the
 Spanish GP. He has yet to win this race.
 
 "It's  been  a tough  day,"  Hamilton  said.  "Nico  drove very  well  through
 qualifying.  I didn't know if I would be able to get it, but right at the end,
 I just had to eke out absolutely everything and more from the car.
 
 "Coming here this weekend, we didn't know where everybody would be. To see the
 development  that's gone  on and the hard  work that's happened to get our car
 ready for this week has inspired me. So a really big thanks to the team."
 
 Hamilton  is attempting  to win  his  fourth consecutive  grand prix.  Rosberg
 scored the victory in the season-opener in Australia, but Hamilton has been on
 a roll since, winning in Malaysia, Bahrain and China.
 
 Rosberg,  the current world championship points leader, was quickest in Q1 and
 Q2  but came up 0.168 seconds short of winning the pole. He holds just a four-
 point  lead over Hamilton. Rosberg has finished second in the last three grand
 prix.
 
 It's the second time this season that Mercedes has locked out the front row of
 the grid. Rosberg started first and Hamilton second in the Bahrain GP.
 
 "I  don't particularly  enjoy coming  second to  Lewis," Rosberg  said. "I  am
 disappointed,  but  in the  end, it was  a good  lap for me.  Lewis just did a
 better job. So from that point of view, that's the way it is."
 
 Daniel  Ricciardo  from Red Bull  qualified third, but his teammate, Sebastian
 Vettel,  the  four-time defending  F1  world  champion,  continued to  have  a
 disastrous  weekend  in Barcelona. Vettel  was unable to  complete a lap in Q3
 when  he  experienced a power unit  issue and came to  a stop on the track. He
 finished 10th in qualifying.
 
 "I have no drive. I'm sorry, I have no drive," Vettel said over his team radio
 when his car stalled on course.
 
 On Friday, Vettel made only four laps during the first practice session due to
 an  electrical problem. The issue continued throughout the day, forcing him to
 sit out the second session. Vettel was able to participate in Saturday's final
 practice, completing 20 laps.
 
 Ricciardo has now out-qualified Vettel four times this season. Ricciardo's lap
 was 1.053 seconds behind Hamilton.
 
 "We  were a  second off," Ricciardo said.  "I thought my lap wasn't too bad. I
 was  expecting a  smaller gap  than that.  We've made  some improvements,  but
 Mercedes  has as well. On a positive note, we were a clear third today. But we
 want to get closer to the top-two."
 
 Valtteri  Bottas from  Williams qualified fourth, while Lotus' Romain Grosjean
 took the fifth spot.
 
 Ferrari  teammates Kimi  Raikkonen and Fernando Alonso were sixth and seventh,
 respectively.  Alonso, a  Spaniard, delighted his home crowd here last year by
 winning the Spanish GP for the second time.
 
 Jenson  Button from McLaren will start eighth, and Williams' Felipe Massa will
 roll off ninth.
 
 Pastor  Maldonado, who won  the Spanish GP in 2012 when he drove for Williams,
 crashed  during Q1.  The Lotus  driver spun  off course  and slammed  into the
 barrier  in  turn 3. The  session was stopped  briefly for cleanup efforts. He
 will start from the rear of the field in Sunday's 66-lap race.
 
 05/10 11:18:44 ET

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