Lewis Hamilton signs the pole position, Sebastian Vettel surprises Nico Rosberg and Jenson Button gives up.The trio ahead today has been the same as in Sepang and last time, the Savior from Maranello won the race. Mercedes didn’t forget and they’ll have a better strategy on tomorrow. They’re ready for the HAMmertime! Let’s review these qualifying tries in Sakhir…
Weather report: night, T. air: 25°C ; T. track: 29-31°C ; humidity rate: 44-45% and wind speed: 4,8 m.s (south)
Lewis Hamilton has just offered himself the 42th pole of his career in F1 (it’s his 4th consecutive pole this season) after having dominated the three sessions (Q1=1’33’’928 onto the soft tyres ; Q2=1’32’’669 onto the soft tyres and pole in 1’32’’571 onto the soft tyres). The leaders did a first run with the medium tyres in Q1 but the performances weren’t satisfying. Contrary to their habits, they had to come back to business with the soft tyres to stay in the top of the timesheet. From his first run in Q3, the double world champion in title was ahead in 1’33’’550. Sebastian Vettel signed a fantastic lap (2nd ; +0’’411s). Ferrari will try to put the pressure on Mercedes on race and maybe they’ll be able to do like in Sepang… Nico Rosberg, third (+0’’558s), has opted for the wrong strategy. He’ll have to push hard at the start. Kimi Räikkönen, classified fourth (+0’’656s), had a pretty average middle sector (fortunately for Nico). The third line will be 100% Williams (advantage for Valtteri Bottas). Daniel Ricciardo has been seventh. Nico Hülkenberg has found back the smile a little (8th). Carlos Sainz, ninth, has made the King Juan Carlos of Spain happy by reaching the Q3. Romain Grosjean has been at the end of the top 10. Sergio Perez was eliminated in Q2 (11th). Felipe Nasr has appeared in twelfth position just in front of his team-mate. Fernando Alonso has been a pretty good fourteenth with his poor MP4-30. Max Verstappen has occupied a disappointing fifteenth place. Pastor Maldonado, seventeenth, had an engine problem in Q1. Daniil Kvyat has been lost in the bottom of the grid (17th). Will Stevens has been eighteenth. Roberto Merhi, nineteenth, has outstripped Jenson Button. The McLaren driver had to give up at 5:07pm without having been able to sign any time.
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