Hamilton beaten by Bottas to pole as Mercedes smash Ferrari
Valtteri Bottas stormed to pole position ahead of teammate Lewis Hamilton as Mercedes dominated qualifying for the Spanish Grand Prix. After securing four one-two finishes in as many races so far this year, betting against anything else in Barcelona seems unwise at this stage.
Both Hamilton and Bottas smashed through the Circuit de Catalunya lap record before the final pole position shootout, with the Finn finally ending the day with the record thanks to a scorching 1:15.406, which secured top spot on the grid.
Bottas secured a third pole in succession by six tenths of a second from Hamilton, having delivered a stunning lap on his initial Q3 run that nobody could get anywhere near - including the Finn himself on the second runs.
Haas had looked like bringing the fight to Red Bull earlier in the weekend, but just dropped back in Q3, with Romain Grosjean leading Kevin Magnussen in a still impressive fourth-row lockout for the American team.
Daniil Kvyat and Daniel Ricciardo rounded out the top 10, although the Australian will start 13th after the collision between the pair in Baku last time out.
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