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Mercedes lock out front row in Spain


Hamilton beat Valtteri Bottas to top spot by 0.059 seconds, with Red Bull’s Max Verstappen – the man who ended Mercedes’ winning streak at last weekend’s 70th Anniversary Grand Prix – in third.

Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton, shakes hands with teammate Valtteri Bottas. File picture: Claude Paris, AP Photo

BARCELONA – Formula One championship leader Lewis Hamilton took pole position for the Spanish Grand Prix on Saturday with teammate Valtteri Bottas completing the Mercedes front-row lockout at the Circuit de Catalunya.

The pole was a record-extending 92nd for six times world champion Hamilton, who has won the last three Spanish Grands Prix.

The dominant Mercedes team have now secured pole at all six rounds this year, and Hamilton will now hope that the tyre woes which curtailed his race at Silverstone will not re-emerge on Sunday as he bids to extend his championship lead.

Red Bull’s Max Verstappen, Hamilton’s closest challenger in the standings, will start in third place with Mexican Sergio Perez lining up fourth for Racing Point on his return after missing two races due to Covid-19.

Ferrari’s Charles Le Clerc will start from ninth spot on the grid, with German teammate Sebastian Vettel in 11th position.