Raikkonen Captures Pole

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Team McLaren Mercedes driver Kimi Raikkonen will start the Spanish Grand Prix from pole position after emerging fastest from the second qualifying session. It's the Finn's second pole position of the season and his fifth in Formula One.

Last race in Imola, Raikkonen started on the pole but finished a disappointing 16th after being forced to retire from the lead.

"I'm pleased to be on pole position but there is still a race to go. Today's lap was pretty good and my aggregate time would have been even better if I hadn't made the mistake in yesterday's qualifying. Our package is obviously working well and if everything comes together I think we are in with a chance of winning the race," Raikkonen said.

BMW-Williams' driver Mark Webber will start in the front row, next to Raikkonen, giving him his best start at a Spanish GP. He rose from a sixth place spot after the first day's qualifying to start the race in second.

Current points leader Fernando Alonso will start the race from the third position, his worst start since the season's first race in Australia, where he started 13th and battled back to finish third. The Renault driver has won the last three events. Ralf Schumacher will join Alonso in the second row.

Three drivers suffered grid penalties as a result of pre-race engine changes. Webber's teammate, Nick Heidfeld, who qualified fifth in Saturday's session, will start the race in 17th. Rubens Barrichello will start 16th after receiving his penalty.

Behind them, Jordan's Tiago Monteiro will bring up the rear of the field. As he crossed the finish line at the second qualifying session, his engine blew up.

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Sunday, November 24, 2013

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