Rich Energy Haas F1 Team Spanish Grand Prix Qualifying Recap

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Rich Energy Haas F1 Team drivers Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen delivered strong qualifying efforts of seventh and eighth, respectively, for Sunday’s Spanish Grand Prix at Circuit de Barcelona – Catalunya. It was the fourth time in five races this season the American squad placed both its drivers in Q3.

Magnussen set the seventh-fastest time in Q1 with a lap of 1:17.669 around the 4.655-kilometer (2.892-mile), 16-turn track while Grosjean was 12th-quickest with a lap of 1:18.042. Only the top-15 drivers move on to Q2 

In Q2, Grosjean set the seventh-fastest time with a lap of 1:17.066 and Magnussen was ninth with a lap of 1:17.272 to return both to the top-10 advancing to Q3.

Grosjean qualified a best-of-the-rest seventh in Q3, behind the Mercedes, Ferrari and Red Bull line-ups, with a lap of 1:16.911, while Magnussen claimed eighth with a lap of 1:16.922. 
Both Magnussen and Grosjean ran exclusively on the Pirelli P Zero Red soft tire throughout qualifying.

Taking the pole for the Spanish Grand Prix was Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas. His fast lap of 1:15.406 eclipsed teammate Lewis Hamilton’s 2017 track record of 1:16.173 set in Q3 last year and was good for his ninth career pole, his third of the season and his first at Barcelona. It was .634 of a second better than Hamilton’s Q3 lap today that earned the second starting position. 

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