Renault seemed to be on fire at Catalunya as Fernando Alonso took pole position in his home Grand Prix and teammate Giancarlo Fischella banged in a quick lap to take up second place, thus sealing an all-Renault Front row. Their title-challengers Ferrari mounted a strong challenge as they occupied the second row, Michael Schumacher qualifying third and teammate Felipe Massa fourth quickest.
In the closing stages Jenson Button tumbled from fifth place as Honda team mate Rubens Barrichello banged in a lap of 1m 15.885s, which was then matched by Ralf Schumacher in the Toyota. With Jarno Trulli also improving, to 1m 15.976s, Button’s 1m 16.008s left him on the outside of the fourth row. On the fifth, Kimi Raikkonen seemed unobtrusive on his way to 1m 16.015s for McLaren as Nick Heidfeld’s 1m 17.144s left his BMW Sauber 10th