Posted May 12, 2012 on AP on Fox
Lewis Hamilton lost pole position over a rules breach on Saturday, giving Pastor Maldonado first place on the starting grid for what is shaping up to be another unpredictable Spanish Grand Prix. Hamilton left it to his final flying lap to edge his Williams rival by more than half a second for what appeared to be his third pole of the season and McLaren's 150th overall. But McLaren ordered the British driver to stop his car after crossing the line because of a technical glitch, with the team subsequently claiming their driver had insufficient fuel to return to the pits. Governing body FIA ruled that ''as the amount of the fuel put into its car is under complete control of (McLaren) the stewards cannot accept this'' and Hamilton was ''excluded'' from qualifying results, allowed to start from last place instead. ''We told him to stop because we knew there was a problem,'' said team principal Martin Whitmarsh, who claimed earlier t...

Hamilton wins pole for Spanish GP

McLaren driver Lewis Hamilton was fastest in qualifying for the Spanish Grand Prix on Saturday, racing past Pastor Maldonado to deny the Venezuelan a first Formula One pole position. Hamilton used his final lap to edge the Williams driver for his third pole position of the season. The Briton is seeking his first victory at Catalunya Circuit, which would ensure a fifth different...
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