WATCH LIVE: Spanish GP qualifying on CNBC and Live Extra from 8am ET

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MONTMELO – Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg’s fight for supremacy at the top of Formula 1 is set to rage on during today’s qualifying session for the Spanish Grand Prix, with little separating the Mercedes teammates in practice earlier in the weekend.

After losing out in FP2 on Friday, Rosberg hit back on Saturday morning by finishing fastest in FP3 on the option tire ahead of Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel and Hamilton, who ended up in second and third place respectively.

Qualifying promises to be a tight affair between our championship protagonists, given that they have all shown some kind of good pace in Barcelona so far this weekend.

You can watch qualifying for the Spanish Grand Prix live on CNBC and Live Extra from 8am ET. CLICK HERE to watch via live stream.

This weekend’s race has marked the arrival of a number of updates to the cars in the way of new bodywork and new parts, all in a bid for the teams to move up the field. Ferrari has completely changed parts of its car, whilst Mercedes focused on quality over quantity. It appears to be working for the German marque so far.

Further back, the midfield fight in qualifying should be particularly intriguing given the progress made by McLaren, the lack of it for Lotus, the problems faced by Red Bull and Toro Rosso’s affinity for this circuit with its 2015 car.

All eyes are likely to be on Lewis Hamilton, given that he is defending a perfect pole position record in 2015. The Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya has not been kind to him in the past though, and he will be giving his all to get the monkey off his back and claim just his second pole at the track.

You can watch qualifying for the Spanish Grand Prix live on CNBC and Live Extra from 8am ET. CLICK HERE to watch via live stream.

Starting lineup grid for IMSA Petit Le Mans: Tom Blomqvist puts MSR on pole position

Petit Le Mans lineup
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IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar championship contender Tom Blomqvist put the Meyer Shank Racing Acura at the front of the starting lineup for the Motul Petit Le Mans at Michelin Road Atlanta.

Blomqvist turned a 1-minute, 8.55-second lap on the 2.54-mile circuit Friday to capture his third pole position for MSR this season. Earl Bamber qualified second in the No. 02 Cadillac for Chip Ganassi Racing.

Ricky Taylor was third in the No. 10 Acura of Wayne Taylor Racing, which enters Saturday’s season finale with a 19-point lead over the No. 60 of Blomqvist and Oliver Jarvis (who will be joined by Helio Castroneves) for the 10-hour race.

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With the pole, MSR sliced the deficit to 14 points behind WTR, which will field the trio of Taylor, Filipe Albuquerque and Brendon Hartley in Saturday’s race.

“We really needed to put the car in this kind of position,” Blomqvist said. “It makes our life a little less stressful tomorrow. It would have given the No. 10 a bit more breathing space. It’s going to be a proper dogfight tomorrow. The guys gave me such a great car. It’s been fantastic this week so far, and it really came alive. I’m hugely thankful to the boys and girls at MSR for giving me the wagon today to execute my job.

“That was a big effort from me. I knew how important it was. It’s just awesome for the guys to give them some sort of reward as well. It’s always nice to be quick. If you do the pole, you know you’ve got a quick car.”

Though WTR has a series-leading four victories with the No. 10, MSR won the Rolex 24 at Daytona and has five runner-up finishes along with its three poles.

The strong performances of the ARX-05s ensure that an Acura will win the final championship in IMSA’s premier Daytona Prototype international (DPi) division, which is being rebranded as Grand Touring Prototype in the move to LMDh cars next season.

Taylor qualified third despite sliding into the Turn 5 gravel during the closing minutes of qualifying while pushing to gain points.

“Qualifying was important for points,” Taylor said. “Going into it, if we outqualified the No. 60 Meyer Shank Acura, they had a lot to lose in terms of championship points. So, we were trying to increase the gap over 20 points which would’ve made a big difference for tomorrow. We would have loved to get the pole and qualify ahead of the No. 60, but in the scheme of the points, it didn’t change a whole lot. I’m feeling good since it’s such a long race, and the No. 10 Konica Minolta Acura team does such a good job strategizing and putting us in a good position.

“I’m very confident in our lineup and our team compared to them over the course of 10 hours. I’d put my two teammates up against those guys any day. I think we are all feeling optimistic and strong for tomorrow.”

In other divisions, PR1 Mathiasen Motorsports (LMP2), Riley Motorsports (LMP3), VasserSullivan (GTD Pro) and Paul Miller Racing (GTD) captured pole positions.

The broadcast of the 10-hour race will begin Saturday at 12:10 p.m. ET on NBC, moving at 3 p.m. to USA Network.


QUALIFYING

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Results by class

Fastest lap by driver

Fastest lap by driver after qualifying

Fastest lap by driver and class after qualifying

Fastest lap sequence in qualifying

Best sector times in qualifying

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