Mercedes AMG’s Nico Rosberg showed he’s still a force to be reckoned with in the 2015 Formula One World Championship by securing pole position for this weekend’s Spanish Grand Prix, which once again is taking place at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya. The German put in a blistering lap time of 1:24.681 to take his first pole of the season and the 16th of his F1 career.
However, he’ll still have his work cut out for him tomorrow as starting by his side will be reigning world champion and fellow Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton, whose time of 1:24.948 during today's qualifying session secured the Briton second spot on the grid. Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel was the third quickest of the day though his time of 1:25.458 was almost a full second behind that of Rosberg. Fourth quickest, meanwhile, was Williams’ Valtteri Bottas with a 1:25.694.
Interestingly, positions five and six on the grid have gone to Infiniti Red Bull Racing feeder team Toro Rosso’s Carlos Sainz and Max Verstappen respectively, proving that some recent modifications made to their cars are quite affective. Behind them will be Ferrari’s Kimi Räikkönen and Red Bull’s Daniil Kvyat in seventh and eighth respectively. Starting ninth tomorrow will be Williams’ Felipe Massa and rounding out the top ten will be Red Bull’s other driver Daniel Ricciardo.
Currently, the weather is still looking good for tomorrow’s race. Going into the event, Hamilton leads the 2015 Drivers’ Championship with 93 points, followed by Rosberg with 66 points and Vettel with 65 points. In the Constructors’ Championship, Mercedes is on top with 159 points followed by Ferrari with 107 points and Williams with 61 points.