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Hamilton remained optimistic
of victory in today s Spanish
Grand Prix, despite being beaten
to pole by Mercedes teammate
and main rival Nico Rosberg in
final qualifying yesterday.
The 30-year-old Hamilton,
who leads the Formula One
championship, was 0.267 seconds
behind Rosberg to concede pole
for the first time in the 2015 For-
mula One season.
However, the reigning World
champion held out hope for a
positive result, pointing out that
a win could be achieved even
without pole position.
"Of course, being on pole
makes life a bit easier but it does-
n t mean you can t win from else-
where on the grid," said Hamilton,
whose paternal grandparents hail
from the tiny Caribbean island
"Generally speaking, the out-
side of the grid is cleaner here so
you can usually get a good start
from there. The main opportu-
nities to gain places will be the
start and the pit stops as it s hard
to overtake but I ll give my best
shot like always."
He added: "Every race you do,
you re thinking about racing for
the Championship and I ll keep
driving the same way I always
do. It may not have been the
greatest weekend so far but it s
not over yet---tomorrow is where
Rosberg, who finished runner-
up to Hamilton last season,
impressed with his pace all week-
end and was fastest in second
qualifying before also coming up
trumps when it mattered most.
Hamilton, meanwhile struggled
with the balance of his Mercedes,
and could not muster enough
speed to challenge his teammate.
"It was quite tricky out there
today. I did the best I could---but
it wasn t quite fast enough and
Nico did a really good job,"
"I think he s been a bit more
comfortable with the balance
than I have so far this weekend.
The rear was under-rotating quite
a bit today, which means you have
oversteer and poor traction, so I
lost a lot of time in the middle
Ferrari s Sebastien Vettel fin-
ished third and was joined on the
second row by Williams Valtteri
Hamilton sits on top the driv-
ers standings with 93 points fol-
lowing wins in three of the four
events this season.
Rosberg is still searching for
his first win. (CMC)
Hamilton beaten to pole by Rosberg
MADRID---Petra Kvitova eased to her
second Madrid Open title when she
beat Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-1, 6-2
Kvitova hit powerful groundstrokes
and broke her Russian rival four times
to add the championship to her 2011
Kuznetsova, however, looked unwell
and called for a physiotherapist twice,
and was once visited on court by the
Just before the final game, Kuznetsova
was allowed by the chair umpire to go
to the dressing room, but received a
mandatory time warning.
At the award presentation Kuznetsova
apologized in Spanish to the spectators
that she had not been able to play a
On the men s side, Rafael Nadal
reached his seventh final at the Madrid
Open by defeating Tomas Berdych 7-
6 (3), 6-1.
Yet to drop a set this week, Nadal
will face either 2008 champion Andy
Murray or last year s finalist, Kei
Nishikori, in the final today.
Nadal has won the last two Madrid
Opens, and will attempt to win his fifth
He found the lines against Berdych,
who beat him in the Australian Open
quarterfinals, down both lanes with
unerring accuracy, and forced Berdych
to cover a lot of ground.
Nadal thanked the cheering fans, say-
ing, "You don t know what this means
He said when he arrived in Madrid
he hadn t been sure he would be able
to advance past the first round, but that
Saturday s match was the best he d
played all year.
"I m very happy. This week was vital
for me, and being in the final is a superb
bit of news for me," Nadal said.
He ended a nine-month title drought
with victory in February in Buenos Aires,
and came to Madrid having lost to
Novak Djokovic in the Monte Carlos
semifinals, and Fabio Fognini in the
Barcelona third round. Three losses on
clay this year were his most in a single
season in 12 years.
"At this level, all rivals are compli-
cated, even when you come up against
them with a positive attitude, but when
you arrive after an irregular phase, they
become even tougher," he said.
"One has to work hard to change that
mindset, and develop a more positive
outlook. Winning helps change that,
and I m doing all I can to do that." (AP)
GRANOLLERS---Fernando Alonso is
confident he can race freely in today s
Spanish Grand Prix despite an ongo-
ing eye infection.
The two-time Formula One cham-
pion has been wearing sunglasses dur-
ing news conferences this weekend
because of a stye---which is a swelling---
to protect his eyes from artificial light.
The Spaniard, who last won a For-
mula One race on the same track two
years ago, says the infection does not
affect his driving.
"There are no problems, so tomorrow
(today) should be fine," Alonso said,
adding that his eye is "a bit big." He
did not say which eye was affected.
McLaren has yet to score a point this
season, and Alonso will start today s
race from 13th place on the grid. Still,
he is hopeful of finally clinching some
For the first time this season, both
McLaren drivers made it through to
Q2, the second part of qualifying.
"We re definitely unlocking more of
the car s potential, and there ll be more
to come in the next couple of races,"
Alonso said. "This is another step for-
ward and I hope we can fight for points
tomorrow. I think it s realistic to look
at getting into the top 10, but we need
to attack throughout the race."
Jenson Button, who starts from 14th
on Sunday, appeared not to share his
teammate s enthusiasm.
"I really don t know where we re
going to end up. You look at the (prac-
tice) times on Friday and the top 10
were very quick on their long runs,"
said Button, the 2009 F1 champion.
"So I want what Fernando had for
breakfast. Maybe I d be more positive."
Button did not even start the last
race at the Bahrain GP three weeks ago,
as an electrical fault consigned him to
His car s pace has improved, but still
has other problems.
"One of the (front) brakes is not
coming up to temperature, we don t
know why," Button said.
Alonso: Eye infection won't stop me
Kvitova tops Kuznetsova
in Madrid women's final
Petra Kvitova of
the trophy after
Russia in their
final match at the
won 6-1, 6-2.
"Of course, being on
pole makes life a bit
easier but it doesn't
mean you can't win
from elsewhere on the
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