It was The Mercedes story again, in qualifying for the Spanish Grand Prix. There were high expectations for the other teams being able to catch up with the Silver Arrows, as we approached the first of the European races, but that failed to materialise. Hamilton and Rosberg were a full second faster than third place Ricciardo, in the Red Bull. We may find ourselves ignoring the Mercedes cars again, as they power away from the rest of the field, to seal the victory. Perhaps if somebody can get past them, away from the lights, then the race at the front might be a little closer.
The other teams are extremely well matched for pace, with Williams, Ferrari, McLaren and Force India all thrashing it out for the same grid positions. Out of all of those teams, Force India appeared to be the weakest, dropping out of Q2. Its a shame, because their progress has been impressive over the last few seasons, but that progress seems to have ground to a halt in the opening races of 2014. It wasn't only Force India who were struggling. It appeared that Caterham's progress at the start of this season also hit a speed bump, as they qualified twentieth and twenty-first. The only driver they out-qualified was Pastor Maldonado, who managed to throw his Lotus in to the wall, after only a couple of laps of the first session.
It was the second red flag that produced a good old fashioned end to Q1, with over half of the drivers leaving their final fast laps until the last couple of minutes. They fought out the final top ten positions, but there was no question of Mercedes being abe to secure the top two grid slots. Once again they look unbeatable. Williams are looking very strong and are bringing their fight closer and closer to the front runners. Perhaps they will be able to do what Red Bull have so far struggled with, and challenge the dominant Mercedes team in the coming races.