Bahrain Qualifying Round 2

Lewis Hamilton takes pole position ahead of Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg and Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel.

02/04/16

Q1

Sebastian Vettel is the first car out on track and then sets the first fastest lap with a 1:31:636. The elimination starts and Felipe Nasr is the first car out and is shortly followed by Rio Haryanto. Then it’s the two Renault cars of Jolyon Palmer and Kevin Magnussen are eliminated and they are followed by Sergio Perez in the Force India. Marcus Ericsson is next out and the last driver eliminated is Pascal Wehrlein. A good session for Wehrlein just missing out on Q2. Nico Rosberg ends the first session quickest ahead of Lewis Hamilton and Daniel Ricciardo.

Out: Nasr – 22nd, Haryanto – 21st, Palmer – 20th, Magnussen – 19th, Perez – 18th, Ericsson – 17th and Wehrlein – 16th.

Q2

Kimi Raikkonen is the first driver out on track and is the first to set a lap and it is a 1:30:559. The elimination starts and Daniil Kvyat is out and is followed by Jenson Button and Esteban Gutierrez. Stoffel Vandoorne is the next driver out, replacing Fernando Alonso, who was deemed by the Medical staff not to race due to the crash in Australia. A late lap by Nico Hulkenberg sees him make it into the final part of Qualifying pushing out Carlos Sainz, Max Verstappen and Romain Grosjean. This time Hamilton is quickest ahead of Vettel and Rosberg.

Out: Kvyat – 15th, Button – 14th, Gutierrez – 13th, Vandoorne – 12th, Sainz – 11th, Verstappen – 10th and Grosjean -9th.

Q3

Kimi Raikkonen is the first driver out on track and is the first to set a lap of a 1:30:244. Hamilton is coming round the final corner and goes wide and ruins his lap and ends up 4th behind Rosberg, who is quickest, Vettel and Raikkonen. Hulkenberg is eliminated and is followed by the two Williams cars of Felipe Massa and Valterri Bottas. Daniel Ricciardo is eliminated next and then both Ferrari and Mercedes cars go out for one more flying lap. Raikkonen is first to complete his lap and he cannot improve and is eliminated. Hamilton is purple is all 3 sectors and goes quickest. Rosberg improves but cannot beat Hamilton and Vettel improves but it is not enough to compete for the 1st row of the grid.

Out: Hulkenberg – 8th, Massa – 7th, Bottas – 6th, Ricciardo – 5th, Raikkonen – 4th

Top 3: Vettel – 3rd, Rosberg – 2nd and Hamilton – 1st.

Qualifying Results

1.Hamilton  2.Rosberg  3.Vettel  4.Raikkonen  5.Ricciardo  6.Bottas  7.Massa  8.Hulkenberg  9.Grosjean  10.Verstappen  11.Sainz  12.Vandoorne  13.Gutierrez  14.Button  15.Kvyat  16.Wehrlein  17.Ericsson  18.Perez  19.Palmer  20.Haryanto  21.Nasr  22.Magnussen*

*Magnussen qualified 19th but will start from the pit lane after missing a weight check in FP2.

Better but still has to go

After the disappointment of the new eliminated style qualifying, I thought Q3 was a whole lot better than in Australia maybe because we had the top two teams going out for a second lap which provided more excitement while is Australia it was just Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg for Mercedes going out for a second lap. Although is was better than in Australia, it still for me has to go.

A star in Stoffel

Having been called late in the week to replace the recovering Fernando Alonso, reserve driver, Stoffel Vandoorne as already shown that he is the real thing by out qualifying the more experienced 2009 world champion, Jenson Button. Will Vandoorne score points tomorrow?

The race is on the 3rd of April.

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