A good starting position is crucial in Spain as there are not many overtaking opportunities.
The global motorsport series' proposal was unanimously approved on Thursday by the city's commission.
"I think it's still very close". "We got through all our running and we were quite fast compared to previous years, but we've still got some work to do overnight". "I was feeling good too and I looked at the tower and then I saw my name didn't go up - but, then, we expected Mercedes to be strong".
Lewis Hamilton said he "needed" the pole position that he earned in Barcelona on Saturday afternoon.
It was the first Mercedes one-two of the season, a measure of the world champions' relative struggles to get on top of their new vehicle and the tyres Pirelli has produced for this season. After three races struggling for one-lap pace, the return to a high-speed circuit with high-energy corners appeared to suit the Mercedes, but Hamilton credits his team's creative approach to problem solving for his return to the front this weekend.
Hamilton shaded his team-mate Bottas by just four hundredths of a second, yet another crushing disappointing for the Finn.
"I was happy with the lap".
"Hopefully we see some action and we take benefit from that". He and Verstappen were six tenths off the pole time.
"That's why we changed it because it was quite hard for us to see cars behind", he said.
Romain Grosjean, who crashed under the safety auto in Azerbaijan, was the first to face trouble in the afternoon session, losing control of his Haas and getting stuck on the gravel.
"We're sorry to say that we have experienced a few technical difficulties with F1 TV's live broadcast", F1 said.
Ricciardo still finished with the seventh-fastest time, while Verstappen was fourth quickest.
"Everything we bring to the track is delivering the expectations and the lap times we were expecting from them", Alonso said.
The Ferrari team ran with a package of upgraded new parts on their cars including rear-view mirrors set on their "halo" head protectors. Stroll hit the wall at Turn 12 after a spin on his final lap of the session. I think that is because the working range is far narrower than it was past year so you give it everything on an out lap and you still don't have your tyres in the window and they heat the tyres up in the blankets.