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“We know that this is only half of the job completed and have the painful memory of what happened in Bahrain to prove that,” said Rosberg, who is chasing his first podium this season. “We’ve worked very hard on our race pace but this track is tough for the tires, particularly with graining. It will be a big challenge tomorrow and our goal is to make the most of the opportunity from starting at the front.”
While Hamilton had the fastest times in the first two qualifying sessions, Rosberg edged him to win the pole position in 1 minute, 20.718 seconds. Three-time defending champion Sebastian Vettel was third quickest.
“It will be a big challenge with the tires tomorrow,” said Rosberg, whose best result this season was fourth at the Malaysian GP. “The race is very long and to win it’s not good enough to start from pole _ you still have to have the fastest race car.”
“I’ve not been totally happy with the balance of my car all weekend, even today, so we need to look at it this evening and see what we can do for the race,” the British driver said. “Limiting the degradation is going to be my major challenge as the general pace isn’t too bad.”
Vettel was satisfied enough with his performance as he finished ahead of Kimi Raikkonen’s Lotus.
“I’m quite happy to be honest because yesterday and this morning I wasn’t really happy. We improved the car and things calmed down,” said Vettel, who has 38 career poles but none in Barcelona. “It’s a tough challenge and the tires don’t last as well as we would like.”
The degradation of the Pirelli tires has been an issue all season, and drivers are largely unhappy about how quickly they wear out.
Ferrari has yet to secure a pole position this season, and it proved to be another frustrating afternoon for the Italian team after fast practice times in the morning. Fernando Alonso will start fifth and Felipe Massa ninth.
Jenson Button failed to make the cut for the third session. The Briton will start in 14th place, with teammate Sergio Perez in eighth.
“We’ve had a difficult couple of days. I had problems throughout practice, so to get through to Q3 was a great result, and something we really weren’t expecting,” Perez said. “I’m very pleased because I got absolutely everything out of the car.”
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