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PHOTOS: Hamilton on pole for Spanish Grand Prix

Last updated on: May 10, 2014 18:30 IST

PHOTOS: Hamilton on pole for Spanish Grand Prix

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Lewis Hamilton put Mercedes on pole position for the Spanish Grand Prix on Saturday with a fourth successive win and the overall championship lead beckoning on Sunday.

Team mate Nico Rosberg, who is four points clear of Hamilton but has finished runner-up in the last three races, qualified second with Australian Daniel Ricciardo starting third for champions Red Bull.

Hamilton, celebrating his fourth pole of the season and 35th of his career with a time 0.168 seconds quicker than the German, will wrest the overall lead from Rosberg if he wins for the first time at the Circuit de Catalunya.

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Image: Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP celebrates with team-mate Nico Rosberg of Germany and Mercedes
Photographs: Paul Gilham/Getty Images

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'I'm overwhelmed'

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"I didn't know whether I'd be able to get it but right at the end I just had to eke out absolutely everything and more from the car," said Hamilton, who had been slower than Rosberg in final practise.

"To have the kind of performance we have, I have never really known that before. I'm overwhelmed, I'm so happy," added the 2008 champion, whose dominant team have taken every pole and won all four races so far this year.

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Image: Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP celebrates after securing Pole Position
Photographs: Paul Gilham/Getty Images

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Alonso seventh

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Ferrari's Fernando Alonso, winner in front of his home fans last year, qualified seventh and behind team mate Kimi Raikkonen in sixth.

Finland's Valtteri Bottas starts fourth for Williams, with Frenchman Romain Grosjean fifth for Lotus.

Red Bull's quadruple world champion Sebastian Vettel will line up in 10th place on the grid after stopping on track in the final phase of the session.

Vettel has switched to a different chassis for the start of the European season after a difficult opening four races in Asia and the Middle East but his luck has, if anything, taken a turn for the worse.

He managed only four laps in Friday practise before being sidelined by an electrical problem and on Saturday the gremlins returned at the crucial point.

McLaren, without a point from the last two races, also had problems with Danish rookie Kevin Magnussen unable to set a lap time in the second phase due to a power unit problem and qualifying 15th.

Team mate Jenson Button will start eighth.

Qualifying was twice red flagged, the second stoppage triggered by Vettel's failure and the first coming right at the start when Venezuelan Pastor Maldonado speared his Lotus into the wall.

Maldonado will be at the back of the grid, along with Toro Rosso's Jean-Eric Vergne who has a 10 place penalty after an unsafe release from the pits on Friday.


Image: Fernando Alonso
Photographs: Clive Mason/Getty Images

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