Bahrain Grand Prix Qualifying: Lewis Hamilton beats Nico Rosberg to pole
Lewis Hamilton claimed pole position for the Bahrain Grand Prix ahead of his Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg as Formula 1’s elimination qualifying...
Lewis Hamilton claimed pole position for the Bahrain Grand Prix ahead of his Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg as Formula 1’s elimination qualifying again ended prematurely.
Unlike in Australia, both Ferrari cars joined the Mercedes in completing two runs in Q3 as Hamilton used his second effort to leap up from fourth to first and push down Rosberg.
Hamilton’s pole was confirmed with two minutes of the session remaining as he secured his second pole position in succession.
Sebastian Vettel had been second for Ferrari after the first flying laps in Q3 but he was knocked down by Hamilton’s improvement. His teammate Kimi Raikkonen will start fourth.
Daniel Ricciardo was eliminated in fifth place for Red Bull after one run in Q3. Valtteri Bottas qualified sixth for Williams, just ahead of his teammate Felipe Massa.
Although the Williams drivers completed a second run in Q2, like Ricciardo, they just completed a single effort in the third mini session.
Nico Hulkenberg was the first driver to be eliminated in Q3 and will start eighth for Force India. The German driver was 0.5s slower than P7 after the first runs in the final segment of the session and he did not have time to complete a second lap.
Romain Grosjean finished ninth for Haas F1. The Frenchman was the last driver to be eliminated in Q2 but he had already climbed out of the car with a minute of the session remaining.
Max Verstappen will start 10th for Toro Rosso and his teammate Carlos Sainz was knocked out in 11th. The Spaniard was eliminated when Hulkenberg improved on a rare second run in Q2.
Stoffel Vandoorne qualified 12th on his F1 debut for McLaren. The Belgian driver is standing in for the injured Fernando Alonso, who quickly congratulated his young replacement as Vandoorne climbed out of the MP4-31.
Esteban Gutierrez will start 13th in the second Haas F1 car and the Mexican was one of a number of drivers not complete a second run in Q2.
Jenson Button could not repeat his heroics of FP2 as he qualified 14th, two places behind his rookie teammate, Vandoorne. Like Gutierrez and many others, Button elected not to complete a second run on the supersoft tyre.
Daniil Kvyat was the first driver to be knocked out in Q2 as the Red Bull driver was slowest of the remaining 15 cars after the first laps in the second segment.
In Q1, Pascal Wehrlein qualified 16th for Manor after a late improvement meant he avoided being knocked out in 18th, but that had severe consequences for Marcus Ericsson and Sergio Perez.
Ericsson was in the Sauber garage as he was eliminated in 17th place and Perez will be the one to start 18th as he did not have time to improve after Wehrlein went faster.
Kevin Magnussen finished 19th for Renault, but the Danish driver will start the race from the pitlane as he was punished for missing the weighbridge in FP2.
Jolyon Palmer ended up 20th in the second Renault as the British driver could not improve his time before the third elimination took place.
Rio Haryanto remained in pits as he was eliminated in 21st place and Felipe Nasr will start last for Sauber.
The Brazilian driver was in the pits as the clock wound down for the first elimination and although he did go out again there was not enough time left for him to improve.
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m29.493s
2 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m29.570s +0.077s
3 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m30.012s +0.519s
4 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m30.244s +0.751s
5 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull 1m30.854s +1.361s
6 Valtteri Bottas Williams 1m31.153s +1.660s
7 Felipe Massa Williams 1m31.155s +1.662s
8 Nico Hulkenberg Force India 1m31.620s +2.127s
9 Romain Grosjean Haas 1m31.756s -
10 Max Verstappen Toro Rosso 1m31.772s -
11 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso 1m31.816s -
12 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren 1m31.934s -
13 Esteban Gutierrez Haas 1m31.945s -
14 Jenson Button McLaren 1m31.998s -
15 Daniil Kvyat Red Bull 1m32.241s -
16 Pascal Wehrlein Manor 1m32.806s -
17 Marcus Ericsson Sauber 1m32.840s -
18 Sergio Perez Force India 1m32.911s -
19 Kevin Magnussen Renault 1m33.181s -
20 Jolyon Palmer Renault 1m33.438s -
21 Rio Haryanto Manor 1m34.190s -
22 Felipe Nasr Sauber 1m34.388s -
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