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Nico Rosberg has become the first teammate to get more pole positions than Lewis Hamilton at any given point in a season after the German claimed the top spot for the Spanish Grand Prix on Saturday.
Rosberg claimed his second straight pole of the season, after Bahrain last month, and went one up against Hamilton, who usually used to decimate his teammates in qualifying.
“Of course I’m pleased, yeah, to be ahead of Lewis, very happy with that because I know that he’s very, very high level in terms of his driving,” Rosberg said. “He’s one of the best out there. When I can be in front of him I’m extremely happy.”
Before joining Mercedes, Hamilton had recorded a total of 26 poles in his career while his three teammates – Fernando Alonso, Heikki Kovalainen and Jenson Button - claimed just four in that period.
In 2007, Alonso was the first McLaren driver to claim pole but Hamilton, who claimed six top spots by the end of the campaign, registered the next four. Alonso could manage to add just one more to his tally before he left the British team.
After that, Kovalainen and Button had only pole position in each in the two and three years respectively. In that period – from 2008 to 2012 – Hamilton managed to get 20 poles.
Rosberg, however, could balance that statistic out this year although Hamilton isn’t too worried.
“Sometimes you get beat, sometimes you get ahead. It’s the name of the game and at the end of the day he was quicker today and it just means for me that I have to work harder. Simple,” Hamilton said.