• Formula 1 2012 - Rosberg and Schumacher qualify in 7th and 9th for Spanish GP in Bareclona, Hamilton disqualified from pole

      We are pulling for Rosberg after he achieved a victory for Mercedes earlier this year. Mercedes looks much improved and we would be lying if we did not want to see Schumacher show his vintage self. The major news from qualifying is that Lewis Hamilton took the pole only to be excluded when his car was found to have less than the allowable minimum fuel amount. Hamilton loses the pole and will be starting instead from the back of the pack. Maldonado is moved up to the pole from second below.

      Spanish Grand Prix 2012: Starting grid

      1 Lewis Hamilton (Gbr) McLaren 1min 21.707secs (DISQUALIFIED FROM POLE)
      2 Pastor Maldonado (Ven) Williams 1:22.285
      3 Fernando Alonso (Spa) Ferrari 1:22.302
      4 Romain Grosjean (Swi) Lotus F1 Team 1:22.424
      5 Kimi Raikkonen (Fin) Lotus F1 Team 1:22.487
      6 Sergio Perez (Mex) Sauber-Ferrari 1:22.533
      7 Nico Rosberg (Ger) Mercedes GP 1:23.005
      8 Sebastian Vettel (Ger) Red Bull no time
      9 Michael Schumacher (Ger) Mercedes GP no time
      10 Kamui Kobayashi (Jpn) Sauber-Ferrari no time
      11 Jenson Button (Gbr) McLaren 1:22.944
      12 Mark Webber (Aus) Red Bull 1:22.977
      13 Paul di Resta (Gbr) Force India 1:23.125
      14 Nico Hulkenberg (Ger) Force India 1:23.177
      15 Jean-Eric Vergne (Fra) Scuderia Toro Rosso 1:23.265
      16 Daniel Ricciardo (Aus) Scuderia Toro Rosso 1:23.442
      17 Felipe Massa (Bra) Ferrari 1:23.444
      18 Bruno Senna (Bra) Williams 1:24.981
      19 Vitaly Petrov (Rus) Caterham 1:25.277
      20 Heikki Kovalainen (Fin) Caterham 1:25.507
      21 Charles Pic (Fra) Marussia 1:26.582
      22 Timo Glock (Ger) Marussia 1:27.032
      23 Pedro de la Rosa (Spa) HRT-F1 1:27.555
      24 Narain Karthikeyan (Ind) HRT-F1 1:31.122