McLaren's Lewis Hamilton was delighted after scoring his third pole position of the season at Spain and even described it as one of his best qualifying session. His laptime of 1m21.707s in Q3 was half a second faster than Maldonado and rest of the field.
"It was a fantastic qualifying session for me, very very happy with it - one of the best I ever had. Amazing job by the guys in the garage and thanks to guys in factory who have brought upgrades.'' said Hamilton
"The car feels great. It is a great day for the team I think. I really feel fantastic. I feel very, very happy.''
"You can normally be happy with a position but for some reason this feels better than other pole positions because you are looking for a perfect position. It is an incredible feeling you have."
However, he is aware of the challenges he'll face is tomorrow's race and is optimistic to put on strong show.
"I am very much aware that I have incredibly tough race tomorrow with these guys who are massively quick and how tricky it is in general," he said. "It will mean a lot to me to win in Spain.
"It has always been a good place for me, beautiful weather and people are incredible and the support I have continues to grow year by year and it has become such a pleasure. To win where you have such a big fan base will be fantastic.
The Brit was unsure why he stopped on his way back to the field after setting the fastest time of the day.
"I stopped on track, I don't have any idea why," he said