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  1. Rosberg takes pole ahead of Hamilton
  2. Vettel 3rd, Bottas 4th, Sainz 5th
  3. Hamilton top in Q1, Rosberg tops Q2
  4. Lotuses, McLarens, Nasr out in Q2
  5. Manors, Force Indias, Ericsson out in Q1

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By Gary Rose

All times stated are UK

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Can Nico Rosberg convert pole into a much needed victory on Sunday? Or will Lewis Hamilton step it up and storm to another win?

We'll be back on Sunday at 11:30 BST with all the build-up, with the Spanish Grand Prix getting under way at 13:00.

Until then, goodbye.

OK, it is almost time for us to wrap things up. I'll leave you with

Andrew Benson's report from qualifying, and keep an eye online for the video highlights.

Toro Rosso as a whole were superb. Aside from Carlos Sainz qualifying fifth, his team-mate Max Verstappen will start from sixth on Sunday, ahead of both Red Bulls.

Their performance is all the more impressive when you consider that they are

apparently not introducing any major upgrades until the Austrian GP...

Special for Sainz

Carlos Sainz junior

A special mention also for Carlos Sainz, who produced his best ever qualifying performance with fifth and, to top it, off he has done it at his home race.

"It's something special," he said. "Dreaming is free, no? A P5 tomorrow will be very difficult but we'll try our best."

Sainz, of course, is the son of former World Rally champion Carlos Sainz.

Carlos Sainz senior

Deja vu

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Incidentally, the top three from qualifying from that race weekend [see 14:35] was the exact same as today - Nico Rosberg, Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel.

Stats good to know

The percentages are in Nico Rosberg's favour for Sunday's race. Since the first race at Circuit de Catalunya in 1991, 92% of the races on the circuit have been won from the front row, with 18 of those wins from pole and four from second.

However, there's one bit of bad news from history for Rosberg. Only two of the last 10 races have not been won from pole. One of those two was in 2013, when Fernando Alonso won after Rosberg had started on pole.

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Grant Kennett: Interesting to see if Vettel can hound the notoriously wider Merc of Lewis in the same way he has Rosberg's.

Nathan Stewart: Nico needs to save his season and capitalise tomorrow and be in front after the first corner.

Female-F1: Raikkonen was never a strong qualifier. He's a racer. Can't wait to see Lewis playing catch-up tomorrow, that should be entertaining!

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Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel, who will start from third: "I think disappointed is the wrong word I think it is great for Ferrari to keep confirming how close we are. This is a great race for us it is very nearly a home race for us.

"You have to say the two guys sat at the side of me (Rosberg and Hamilton) are doing a good job, hopefully tomorrow we can be closer than today but they are doing a good job.

"I didn't do a great job"

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Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton, who will start from second: "Nico did a great job. I didn't have the balance where I liked. Tomorrow there's still a lot to play for.

"I didn't think I was on the back foot, I just didn't have pace today and didn't do a great job."

"A good day in the office"

A few more words from Nico Rosberg: "Of course I needed it [pole position] sooner rather than later. It is one step in the right direction to winning the race. It was a good day in the office."

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Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg, who will start on pole on Sunday: "Strategy is important. It's a big advantage to have new set of used tyres for the race. Overtaking is more difficult around here, so starting in front is a big advantage."

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Starting with the 2007 race, the Spanish Grand Prix has seen eight different winners in the last eight years. Those are: Felipe Massa, Kimi Raikkonen, Jenson Button, Mark Webber, Sebastian Vettel, Pastor Maldonado, Fernando Alonso and Lewis Hamilton.

Can Nico Rosberg continue that trend tomorrow and make it nine different drivers in the last nine years?

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James Chattaway: Fair play Nico, showing some fight after all.

Max Baggins-Craig: Great effort from Hamilton, but as we know he's been far better of the two, great interesting race tomorrow, beers chilling...

Rachel T: Lewis is going to thoroughly enjoy attacking his teammate into turn one tomorrow.


That's Nico Rosberg's first pole position since the final race of last season in Abu Dhabi.

Rosberg will be hoping one aspect of his season continues tomorrow - he has finished every race in the position he has started in this year...

The grid

1) Nico Rosberg 2) Lewis Hamilton 3) Sebastian Vettel 4) Valtteri Bottas 5) Carlos Sainz 6) Max Verstappen 7) Kimi Raikkonen 9) Felipe Massa 10) Daniel Ricciardo

11) Romain Grosjean 12) Pastor Maldonado 13) Fernando Alonso 14) Jenson Button 15) Felipe Nasr 16) Marcus Ericsson 17) Nico Hulkenberg 18) Sergio Perez 19) Will stevens 20) Roberto Merhi

Superb from Nico Rosberg as he takes the fight to Lewis Hamilton, denying the Briton a fifth successive pole position and giving himself a shot in the arm in the title race.

Hamilton qualifies second with Sebastian Vettel third.

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Pole position

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First qualifying ends

Nico Rosberg is pushing as the chequered flag comes out, but it looks like he has done enough to out qualify his team-mate for the first time this season...

Nico Rosberg

Has Lewis Hamilton got anything in his locker? Seconds left of the final part of qualifying...

Into the final two minutes and all the top 10 will make their final qualifying runs, with four drivers who didn't head out earlier saving their tyres for the race.

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Buub Brussee: So good to see that McLaren succeeded their announced updates... #giantsteps ;-((((

Shohidur Rahman: Rosberg has finally turned up. It only took 5 races.

Jason Lewis: So improvement for McLaren but still well off the qualifying pace, hopefully race pace will be better.

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At the moment it is Nico Rosberg from Lewis Hamilton, Sebastian Vettel, Valtteri Bottas, Kimi Raikkonen and Max Verstappen after the first of the final qualifying runs.

Lewis Hamilton goes top with 1:24.948 but he is nudged off immediately by Nico Rosberg, who goes almost three tenths quicker. This is going to be close.

Lee McKenzie has just caught a word with Jenson Button, will start Sunday's race from 14th: "We put new brakes on for qualifying, I don't know what is going on with them but I had really big issues with the car all over the place."

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Valtteri Bottas is the first to head out on track, Lewis Hamilton and Kimi Raikkonen follow soon after.

Final qualifying starts

Lewis Hamilton has not been off the front row since Hungary, a run of 12 races and counting. Will he keep that run going?

The fight for pole is under way.

Superb work from Carlos Sainz and Max Verstappen as they get Toro Rosso into the top 10 shootout at the Circuit de Catalunya for the first time ever.

Who, though, is going to start tomorrow's race on pole? We'll know in just over 10 minutes.


1) Nico Rosberg 2) Lewis Hamilton 3) Kimi Raikkonen 4) Felipe Massa 5) Sebastian Vettel 6) Valtteri Bottas 7) Max Verstappen 8) Carlos Sainz 9) Daniel Ricciardo 10) Daniil Kvyat

Sadly there will be no Q3 appearance for McLaren as Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button are eliminated. Still, a good step forward.


11) Romain Grosjean 12) Pastor Maldonado 13) Fernando Alonso 14) Jenson Button 15) Felipe Nasr

Second qualifying ends

Nico Rosberg finishes fastest in the second part of qualifying for the Spanish Grand Prix.

The top five all decide they have done enough, who will be joining them in Q3?

Nico Rosberg's time would already have been good enough for pole last year. His time is 0.066s quicker than Lewis Hamilton's pole lap of 1:25.232.


Just over a minute left and everyone from sixth and below on the timesheet are back out.

All 15 have popped out to stick a time on the board before returning to the pits.

The top 10 order is: Rosberg, Hamilton, Raikkonen Vettel, Bottas, Verstappen, Massa, Sainz, Ricciardo, Kvyat. In danger as things stand are: Alonso, Grosjean, Maldonado, Button, Nasr.

Lewis Hamilton temporarily goes P1 with 1:25.740 but Nico Rosberg is purple through every sector and posts a mighty fine 1:25.166 straight out of the box. That will make Hamilton sit up and take notice!

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Jason Lewis: Both McLaren's through to Q2 for the first time in 2015, the new lighter paint is paying off!

Kellan Jensel: But the McLaren's used the medium compound tire to desperately get through.

That_guy_moha: McLaren are having a great weekend so far. Maybe it's the change of colour. Good luck to them.

Felipe Nasr gets things up and running in Q2 with a 1:28.986 before the 14 other cars head out and join him on the circuit. Everyone is out on the medium compound tyre.


McLaren: Minor setup tweaks ahead of Q2 - but the cars are ready to go.

Second qualifying starts

Felipe Nasr is the first man on the circuit for the second part of qualifying.

Also, some good news for McLaren - Jenson Button and Fernando Alonso have made it through to Q2 for the first time this season.

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Can they go even further and get into Q3?