f1 2015 rosberg spain
After what feels like an all too long three week gap in the calendar. Formula 1 returns to Europe for the first time this season for the Spanish Grand Prix in Barcelona.
With Lewis Hamilton close to dominating the opening of the season, team mate Nico Rosberg is under pressure to preform and has a long way to go to chip away at Hamilton’s  27 point margin. Pressure must suit him as he pulled an amazing 1min 26.681secs time, in his first temp at qualifying yesterday. A time that Lewis just couldn’t quite reach. 
Sebastian Vettel also struggled against the might of Rosberg’s Mercedes, slipping in at 3rd on the grid but well off pace of the leaders. His team mate Kimmi Raikkonen did not begin his European races well, struggling all qualifying, only managing 7th behind Williams Valtteri Bottas in a consistent 4th, Torro Rosso’s Carlos Sainz and Max Verstappen who won a surprising 5th and 6th on the grid respectively. 
Red Bull continue to fill out the final 10 grid positions, showing that they have the pace if only they can keep their engines in one piece during the race. The pair are split by William Felipe Massa, who in my opinion really underperformed considering his season so far.
So a familiar top two rows will begin the Spanish Grand Prix but will Rosberg’s pace continue into the race giving his team mate a run for the championship finally? Or will Vettels promises of a better race pace than he has showed in qualifying ring true to see the  prancing horse back on the top step? Who is you pick for Barcelona? Let us know in the comments.
Roger Baillie (@Rojn8r)
Image/results: Crash.net
Full qualifying results for the fifth round of the 2015 Formula 1 World Championship (F1), the Spanish Grand Prix at Barcelona. 
1. Nico Rosberg GER Mercedes-Mercedes 1m 24.681s 
2. Lewis Hamilton GBR Mercedes-Mercedes 1m 24.948s 
3. Sebastian Vettel GER Ferrari-Ferrari 1m 25.458s 
4. Valtteri Bottas FIN Williams-Mercedes 1m 25.694s 
5. Carlos Sainz Jr ESP Toro Rosso-Renault 1m 26.136s 
6. Max Verstappen NED Toro Rosso-Renault 1m 26.249s 
7. Kimi Raikkonen FIN Ferrari-Ferrari 1m 26.414s 
8. Daniil Kvyat RUS Red Bull-Renault 1m 26.629s 
9. Felipe Massa BRZ Williams-Mercedes 1m 26.757s 
10. Daniel Ricciardo AUS Red Bull-Renault 1m 26.770s 
11. Romain Grosjean FRA Lotus-Mercedes 1m 27.375s 
12. Pastor Maldonado VEN Lotus-Mercedes 1m 27.450s 
13. Fernando Alonso ESP McLaren-Honda 1m 27.760s 
14. Jenson Button GBR McLaren-Honda 1m 27.854s 
15. Felipe Nasr BRZ Sauber-Ferrari 1m 28.005s 
16. Marcus Ericsson SWE Sauber-Ferrari 1m 28.112s 
17. Nico Hulkenberg GER Force India-Mercedes 1m 28.365s 
18. Sergio Perez MEX Force India-Mercedes 1m 28.442s 
19. Will Stevens GBR Manor Marussia-Ferrari 1m 31.200s 
20. Roberto Merhi ESP Manor Marussia-Ferrari 1m 32.038s 
all times unofficial 
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Roger Baillie
Brought up in a world of Mini's, road trips, rallying and tinkering it is unsurprising that among my passions, since I can remember, cars have been something very special to me. The way they look, the way they smell and especially the way the sound. This passion has grown over the years from a spectator's seat at Formula 1 and WRC events to active participation in events such as the Cannonball Run NZ and Stance Off Events. My current love affair is with a slightly tuned Mk4 Golf GTI which brings me nothing but joy on the road. This love for driving and cars has led me start a Podcast dedicated to my love of driving called Drive Life NZ where I hope to share my story while exploring the varied stories of other enthusiasts. Dispelling the myths surrounding car people and celebrating our diversity.


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