Bahrain Qualifying: Hamilton on pole as Vettel takes fight to Mercedes
Lewis Hamilton was untouchable in qualifying for the Bahrain Grand Prix, claiming pole position with a scintillating final lap which was over half a second up on his Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg and enough to dislodge Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel from the top of the timing screens.
Kimi Raikkonen was fourth in the second Ferrari, followed by the Williams of Valtteri Bottas and Felipe Massa. Seventh place went to Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo, with Force India’s Nico Hulkenberg, Toro Rosso’s Carlos Sainz and Lotus’s Romain Grosjean completing the top ten.
It was a session of mixed fortunes for McLaren, who made Q2 for the first time this season, with Fernando Alonso qualifying 12th. However, Jenson Button will start from the back of the grid after his Honda-powered car succumbed to technical issues early in Q1.
Eliminated along with Button in the first phase were Lotus’s Pastor Maldonado, Red Bull’s Daniel Kvyat, and the Marussia duo of Will Stevens and Roberto Merhi who both comfortably met the Q1 107 percent requirement.
The Q2 fallers, as well as Alonso, were Force India’s Sergio Perez, Sauber’s Felipe Nasr and Marcus Ericsson, and Toro Rosso’s Max Verstappen.
Report in progress…
Bahrain Grand Prix, Sakhir – Qualifying, Saturday 18 April 2015
|7||3||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull Racing||1:34.691||1:34.403||1:33.832||15|
|8||27||Nico Hulkenberg||Force India||1:35.653||1:34.613||1:34.450||15|
|9||55||Carlos Sainz||Toro Rosso||1:35.371||1:34.641||1:34.462||18|
|11||11||Sergio Perez||Force India||1:35.451||1:34.704||12|
|15||33||Max Verstappen||Toro Rosso||1:35.611||1:35.103||14|
|17||26||Daniil Kvyat||Red Bull Racing||1:35.800||6|
|22||Jenson Button||McLaren||No time||1|
|Q1 107% Time||1:40.502|
Note – Button failed to set a time within the Q1 107% requirement, so races at stewards’ discretion.