Barcelona Qualifying: Bottas too good for Hamilton

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Valtteri Bottas powered to pole position for the Spanish Grand Prix, Round 5 of the 2019 Formula 1 World Championship, at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, on another afternoon of perfection by Mercedes as Lewis Hamilton claimed second place on the grid for a front-row lockout by the World Champions.

It was a big statement from Bottas with over half a second advantage over his teammate in the sister car who was favourite for pole before qualifying began.

The Ferrari renaissance did not materialise with Sebastian Vettel third quickest albeit a massive eight tenths behind the top time, clearly the new spec-package unleashed by the Reds this weekend have hardly made a dent in the gap.

Charles Leclerc was out of sorts throughout the afternoon as he struggled to find the right balance in his Ferrari. He was fifth fastest but three tenths shy of his teammate Vettel.

Splitting the Reds on the timing screens was Max Verstappen in the Red Bull featuring the spec-2 Honda package for the first time today, the Dutchman ending fourth fastest, with Pierre Gasly sixth.

A tad over 1.5 seconds down on the top time, in seventh Romain Grosjean, was Best of the Rest driving the Haas followed by Kevin Magnussen a hundredth of a second down on his teammate and signalling something of a revival for the American team.

Report in progress…

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LEC308
PER305
RUS275
SAI246
HAM240
NOR122
OCO92
ALO81
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RIC37
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MSC12
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