The start of the European part of the season saw a mix up in the in the qualifying. Lewis Hamilton took pole after a tough few races at the start of the season, proving he has still got everything to fight for. His Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg will start P2, still being in a great position for the race and title fight.

Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo was the major star of the session after putting in a mighty lap in Q3 and will start in third position. His new teammate Max Verstappen put in an incredible performance all weekend to start alongside him in fourth ahead of both Ferraris.

Williams overall didn’t have a smooth qualifying as Felipe Massa will start from 18th position after a timing error from the team, whilst Valtteri Bottas will start in seventh at a circuit where they won back in 2012.

Sergio Perez put in a great lap in his Force India in seventh as Nico Hulkenberg will start from 11th having just missing out on Q3.

Carlos Sainz out qualified his new teammate Daniil Kvyat in a qualifying where all eyes were on the four Red Bull drivers. Sainz will start eighth as Kvyat will start down in 13th position. Another Spaniard and a home hero Fernando Alonso qualified in tenth in what was McLaren-Honda’s best qualifying performances since their return to Formula 1.

Ferrari didn’t have the best of weekends as they will start behind the Red Bull pair. Sebastian Vettel was out-qualified by teammate Kimi Raikkonen at a time where Sergio Marchionne has put pressure on the team to start winning ‘now’.

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