Hamilton Gets Pole But Vettel Splits Mercedes In Bahrain

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Lewis Hamilton continued his run of pole positions to start from pole for the Bahrain Grand Prix. Sebastian Vettel ensured it was not to be a Mercedes front row as he put his Ferrari second on the grid. Nico Rosberg lines up in his Mercedes in third.

Hamilton was pleased with the pole and paid compliment to his car in the press conference following the session.

“I feel great, very happy,” said the reigning world champion. “That was the target, to try to master this track.

“That’s how it’s gone this weekend. The laps were pretty good, you can always improve, but I’m grateful to have this beast underneath me.”

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Sebastian Vettel was happy to be between the Mercedes drivers and hoped for more to come in the race.

“I’m very happy with second today. It was a tough session. At the beginning I didn’t really find the rhythm that I had also in practice but then towards the end, more and more, I think it was getting better. I was feeling happier in the car and I felt more comfortable to push. So, for now, very happy for the front row and hopefully tomorrow we can have a good start and a good race from there. I think in the race we are maybe a bit closer, so we will see what happens.”

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Nico Rosberg blamed himself as he could only manage to qualify third for the race.

“I took it easy in Q2 to save the race tyres, so I lacked the rhythm for Q3.

“That’s where I went wrong today. Being third is not ideal.”

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Valtteri Bottas was a strong fifth for Williams.

“The run in Q3 was a nice clean lap, my best lap of the weekend, but they are still just that step ahead in qualifying and we know that in the race they could be [ahead] a bit.

“We will do everything we can tomorrow, but we know it’s not going to be easy if we want to gain any positions.”

Bahrain GP Grid

Pos Driver Car Time Gap
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m32.571s
2 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m32.982s 0.411s
3 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m33.129s 0.558s
4 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m33.227s 0.656s
5 Valtteri Bottas Williams/Mercedes 1m33.381s 0.810s
6 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1m33.744s 1.173s
7 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1m33.832s 1.261s
8 Nico Hulkenberg Force India/Mercedes 1m34.450s 1.879s
9 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso/Renault 1m34.462s 1.891s
10 Romain Grosjean Lotus/Mercedes 1m34.484s 1.913s
11 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1m34.704s
12 Felipe Nasr Sauber/Ferrari 1m34.737s
13 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1m35.034s
14 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda 1m35.039s
15 Max Verstappen Toro Rosso/Renault 1m35.103s
16 Pastor Maldonado Lotus/Mercedes 1m35.677s
17 Daniil Kvyat Red Bull/Renault 1m35.800s
18 Will Stevens Marussia/Ferrari 1m38.713s
19 Roberto Merhi Marussia/Ferrari 1m39.722s
20 Jenson Button McLaren/Honda
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