F1 2018 Spanish Grand Prix: What we learned from qualifying

With the grid all set for tomorrow’s Spanish Grand Prix, here are just a few things we learned from today’s qualifying session.

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Mercedes are quick – again

All the talk of Ferrari sandbagging on Friday proved to be unfounded. While they were still quick, their form has dropped off in comparison with Mercedes who locked out the front row in Barcelona. When Vettel declared he had pushed for the best time on Friday, he was not bluffing. For fans hoping for a close title fight the season, the sight of the two silver cars on the front row is ominous.

McLaren upgrade worked

Many teams brought upgrades to this race but McLaren’s nose job was one of the most significant. The team in papaya secured their best qualifying result of the season so far finishing just over half a second behind Daniel Ricciardo’s Red Bull.

Fernando Alonso seemed pleased with the car and it will be fascinating to see what he can do from eighth position in front of his home crowd. If he continues his trend of making up ground in every Grand Prix, he might just challenge the top six. Unfortunately, teammate Stoffel Vandoorne could not guide his revised MCL33 into the top ten and will start the race from P11.