LEWIS HAMILTON TAKES POLE IN BAHRAIN

LEWIS HAMILTON TAKES POLE IN BAHRAIN

Lewis Hamilton secured his 51’s pole position after waving off stiff challenges from his Mercedes team mate as well as from Ferrari pair of Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo.

After a mistake at the end of the previous lap, world champion, Hamilton, winner of the past two Bahrain Grands Prix, made amends in the last opportunity and delivered a masterstroke to secure the pole position with the fastest-ever lap time of one minute 29.493 seconds.

“I was really pleased with that lap. It’s not been a smooth sailing weekend in terms of pace. I was generally struggling to put laps together and luckily the lap I did put together was the last one,” he said.

“The car felt great. It’s incredible to think we are quicker than the V10 days. It shows how far the technology has come.”

Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg could only manage third with the second Ferrari of Kimi Raikkonen in fourth..

Rosberg was looking for fifth consecutive Grand Prix victory after his win at Melbourne and the three-on-a-row at the end of last season, but it was Hamilton who showed class and patience when it matters.

“My lap felt good and I was sure I was on pole. Lewis put in an incredible lap to beat me. This track is where pole counts least I think. There are still a lot of opportunities,” he said.

The Williams duo of Valtteri Bottas and Felipe Massa qualified fifth and sixth respectively. Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo was seventh, whilst team-mate Daniil Kvyat could only manage 17th.

Nico Hulkenberg, Carlos Sainz Jr and Romain Grosjean completed the top ten.

McLaren’s Fernando Alonso secured first Q2 grid slot in 14th, but team-mate Jenson Button failed to set a timed lap due to technical troubles.

POSITIONS AFTER Q3

Position No. Driver Team Q1 Q2 Q3 Laps
1 44 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:33.928 1:32.669 1:32.571 16
2 5 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:34.919 1:33.623 1:32.982 12
3 6 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:34.398 1:33.878 1:33.129 16
4 7 Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari 1:34.568 1:33.540 1:33.227 15
5 77 Valtteri Bottas Williams 1:34.161 1:33.897 1:33.381 16
6 19 Felipe Massa Williams 1:34.488 1:33.551 1:33.744 16
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
10 8 Romain Grosjean Lotus 1:35.007 1:34.123 1:34.484 20
11 11 Sergio Perez Force India 1:35.451 1:34.704 12
12 12 Felipe Nasr Sauber 1:35.310 1:34.737 9
13 9 Marcus Ericsson Sauber 1:35.438 1:35.034 9
14 14 Fernando Alonso McLaren 1:35.205 1:35.039 10
15 33 Max Verstappen Toro Rosso 1:35.611 1:35.103 14
16 13 Pastor Maldonado Lotus 1:35.677 7
17 26 Daniil Kvyat Red Bull Racing 1:35.800 6
18 28 Will Stevens Marussia 1:38.713 6
19 98 Roberto Merhi Marussia 1:39.722 6
NC 22 Jenson Button McLaren DNS 1
1 44 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:33.928 1:32.669 1:32.571 16
2 5 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:34.919 1:33.623 1:32.982 12
3 6 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:34.398 1:33.878 1:33.129 16
4 7 Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari 1:34.568 1:33.540 1:33.227 15
5 77 Valtteri Bottas Williams 1:34.161 1:33.897 1:33.381 16
6 19 Felipe Massa Williams 1:34.488 1:33.551 1:33.744 16
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
10 8 Romain Grosjean Lotus 1:35.007 1:34.123 1:34.484 20
11 11 Sergio Perez Force India 1:35.451 1:34.704 12
12 12 Felipe Nasr Sauber 1:35.310 1:34.737 9
13 9 Marcus Ericsson Sauber 1:35.438 1:35.034 9
14 14 Fernando Alonso McLaren 1:35.205 1:35.039 10
15 33 Max Verstappen Toro Rosso 1:35.611 1:35.103 14
16 13 Pastor Maldonado Lotus 1:35.677 7
17 26 Daniil Kvyat Red Bull Racing 1:35.800 6
18 28 Will Stevens Marussia 1:38.713 6
19 98 Roberto Merhi Marussia 1:39.722 6
NC 22 Jenson Button McLaren DNS 1

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