Hamilton takes pole for the Spanish GP

Lynette Rowe
May 13, 2018

Hamilton held a 0.013s margin over his teammate Valtteri Bottas at the end of the session, which was red flagged with a few minutes remaining when Brendon Hartley had a big accident at the high-speed Turn 9.

The Toro Rosso spun out of control before even hitting the apex of the corner and smashed into the tyre barrier rear first.

The rear of Hartley's STR13 suffered substantial damage, with the parts of the power unit falling out as marshals craned the stricken auto onto a recovery vehicle.

The mishap will also likely sideline the Kiwi for this afternoon's qualifying session as his mount looked badly bruised by the heavy impact and beyond immediate fix.

At the front of the order, Mercedes showed strong pace, with Hamilton and Bottas swapping P1 early in the session.

The top four were separated by only 0.132 seconds at the end of the session.

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Before that incident, Hamilton had gone fastest with a 1m17.281s to lead teammate Bottas by just 0.013s, with Sebastian Vettel in third place some 0.269s adrift of Hamilton.

Grosjean had a number of off-track moments on Friday and he once again went off late in Saturday's session, with the Frenchman running wide at Turn 2 as he appeared to be distracted by Sergey Sirotkin ahead of him. He ended the morning 12th quickest.

Verstappen's absence allowed Kevin Magnussen to feature in the top six for Haas and his lap time was just 0.376 off Ricciardo's best effort.

Pierre Gasly completed the top 10, while Hartley's crash prevented any final improvements.

Nico Hulkenberg placed 11th - having been baulked by Sainz Jr. on his final push lap - ahead of the aforementioned Verstappen, Force India's Esteban Ocon and McLaren's Stoffel Vandoorne.

Marcus Ericsson took P18 ahead of the two Williams, who suffered another disappointing session. Sirotkin's teammate Lance Stroll also bounced through the gravel at Turn 4, losing the rear and having to stop the vehicle before it reached the barrier before managing to rejoin.

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