The switch to a new set of medium tyres did not offer a performance advantage over his rivals and he failed to repass Max Verstappen, despite the Red Bull driver struggling with a broken front wing endplate. After a poor early attempt by both Ferrari drivers, Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen recovered in the closing seconds to finish third and fourth. "'I needed this pole - I've not had a pole in a while".
"I think for the team, I think it has been a struggle", Hamilton said after qualifying.
"I was happy with the lap".
"It's important for me to get back into a good position in qualifying, it's usually a strength of mine", he acknowledged.
Mercedes was in front in Barcelona the entire weekend, setting the fastest time in all practice sessions and taking pole position with Hamilton - his first since the season-opener in Australia.
Grosjean spun during every single session across the whole weekendDriver of the day It's tempting to say Hamilton for his supreme drive but Alonso gets it for his stunning move on Ocon, passing Leclerc and again salvaging points from a hard first-lap position. "Ferrari were sandbagging until this afternoon and Valtteri has been driving exceptionally well. To get a one-two in qualifying is fantastic for the team".
It calmed down the growing fears that Formula One was becoming a one-horse race as Mercedes spent the 2017 season continuing their dominance over the field. "If there is time and anyone wants to approach me or any of the drivers, I am sure we can give some good insight". I know it sounds weird but today is the closest I think I've been but there are still areas that weren't quite ideal. Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari): +27.584s 5. He foresaw an "interesting race" on Sunday.
"This result is far from ideal, and I'm pretty disappointed", said Raikkonen, who is fourth in the drivers' standings, behind Bottas.
"So I was just trying to keep it alive even though it was risky when there is nothing left".
"We had such a good vehicle". The victor has come from the front row in 24 of the 27 races in Barcelona. The defending four-time world champion dominated from start to finish, save for a spell during the mid-race pit-stops, and clocked a series of record laps as he registered his second successive win.
The win increases Hamilton's championship over Vettel to 17 points.
Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes are not done just yet. If not, then the tables have clearly turned and could Mercedes be in the pounding seat for season honours. "I don't think it affected me too much", Verstappen said. "I don't know how it looked but it felt special, it felt strong". Kevin Magnussen (Haas): +1 lap 7. Low grip caused problems all around, but for none more than Haas' Romain Grosjean.
"It was a really good qualifying".
Carlo Sainz managed seventh place in his home Grand Prix, and Alonso - also at his home Grand Prix - managed to bring his McLaren home exactly where it started in eighth place, with Perez in the Force India dn LeClerc in the Sauber finishing off the points places.