Story of qualifying: Mercedes back on top at F1's aero track

Sky F1's Simon Lazenby and Martin Brundle discuss the big talking points ahead of the Spainish GP

Sky F1's Simon Lazenby and Martin Brundle discuss the big talking points ahead of the Spainish GP

The final 90 minutes of the day went smoothly in comparison to the morning's practice, which saw many drivers trying to get used to the new track pavement that had been laid down weeks ago.

"Here it's obviously a good update and we'll have more in Monaco, in Canada so we are a little bit behind schedule on updates, but the important thing is that the new parts are coming every race from now on and we put some performance in the auto".

Red Bull drivers Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo were fifth and sixth, respectively.

It was Hamilton's second pole this season, after the season-opening race in Australia, his third straight in Spain and the 74th of his career.

"I think it was the right call, I was happier with that tyre", said the Ferrari driver.

Bottas led the first session and defending champion Hamilton the second at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya. "I've not had pole for a while", Hamilton said.

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The 2018 season is panning out to be one of the most exciting campaigns in recent years with three teams at the top competing for race wins.

The press conference was hastily brought to an end by the Head of Communications for F1's governing body, the FIA, with Hamilton and Vettel continuing to express their angst as they walked away. It's a return to the European season at a track the teams know well, having done their winter testing here.

Kubica had replaced Russian rookie Sergey Sirotkin who returned to finish 20th in the second session.

Teammate Romain Grosjean is 10th on the grid.

It was a day to forget for Lance Stroll after the Williams driver crashed out, but McLaren got a driver into Q3 as Fernando Alonso took eighth on home soil.

"Everything we put on the vehicle seems to work and that's important", Vettel said.

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Vettel's teammate Kimi Raikkonen suffered a power unit problem.

There was some disquiet with the rear-view mirrors Ferrari mounted on the halos, with motorsport governing body FIA looking into a possible breach of regulations.

Of note, Scuderia Toro Rosso's Brendon Hartley did not take part in qualifying after a big accident in FP3. Such was the impact with the barriers that the gearbox snapped off when the vehicle was lifted from the gravel trap and there was no chance of getting the auto rebuilt in the two hours between the end of final practice and the start of Q1.

It was Hamilton's first victory of a season during which his team have struggled to optimise his auto and tyre performance at every race except the season opener in Australia.

Stroll almost hit the tire barriers after going off the track with about a half-hour left in the session. He had also gone to the gravel in practice earlier on Saturday and on Friday. He had to retire and lost a lot of track time.

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