Nico Rosberg has achieved the second pole position of his career in Bahrain and will be followed on the starting grid by Sebastian Vettel and Fernando Alonso in the next F1 race. Mercedes continued its best debut of a F1 season and earned second consecutive pole position after the one in Shanghai, but this time the performance was achieved by Nico Rosberg.
2013 F1 Grand Prix Bahrain Starting Grid
At his second pole position of his career after the one in China last year, the German stopped the clock at 1:32.330 and surpassed Sebastian Vettel of Red Bull Racing with two-tenths of a second. Fernando Alonso won third place with his Ferrari race car, but the Spaniard dropped his last lap after a mistake.
Lewis Hamilton finished fourth, but the Mercedes team driver will start from the ninth position because of a penalty for a gearbox change. This change propelled Felipe Massa on the same line of the grid with Alonso, although the Brazilan has used the opposite strategy starting the race again with hard composition tires.
The third line of the grid was monopolized by Force India with Paul di Resta and Adrian Sutil, while Mark Webber set the fifth time, but will leave the seventh position after a penalty prompted by his China incident with Jean-Eric Vergne .
Kimi Raikkonen was only ninth in qualifying, but will leave from #8 after penalties incurred by Webber and Hamilton, while Jenson Button has not made any timed lap in Q3 and will leave on the 10th position.
Q2: GROSJEAN’s problems continue
Even if he’s competing with a new chassis provided by Lotus, Romain Grosjean set only the 11th time and missed his access in the last part of the qualifications, same as the McLaren driver, Sergio Perez.
Scuderia Toro Rosso has been eliminated after Daniel Ricciardo and Jean-Eric Vergne have ranked the #13 and #16 spots, while Nico Hulkenberg is 14th driving his Sauber race car. Also, those from Williams continue their inauspicious debut of the F1 season, after Valtteri Bottas got only 15th place, while teammate Pastor Maldonado was eliminated in Q1.
Q1: GUTIERREZ, last position on the grid
Esteban Gutierrez set the 18th time in the first part of the qualifications, but will depart from last position of the grid due to a penalty of five positions dictated for his incident in China.
Caterham has managed to impose itself against the Marussia rivals with their best driver Charles Pic, which will start in front of Jules Bianchi (Marussia), Giedo van der Garde (Caterham) and Max Chilton (Marussia). F1 Grand Prix of Bahrain will take place on Sunday starting 15:00 GMT.
F1 Grand Prix Bahrain – Qualifying Results
1. Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m32.330s 2. Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1m32.584s + 0.254s 3. Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1m32.667s + 0.337s 4. Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m32.762s + 0.432s 5. Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1m33.078s + 0.748s 6. Felipe Massa Ferrari 1m33.207s + 0.877s 7. Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1m33.235s + 0.905s 8. Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1m33.246s + 0.916s 9. Kimi Raikkonen Lotus-Renault 1m33.327s + 0.997s 10. Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes Q2 cut-off time: 1m33.702s Gap ** 11. Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1m33.762s + 1.016s 12. Sergio Perez McLaren-Mercedes 1m33.914s + 1.168s 13. Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1m33.974s + 1.228s 14. Nico Hulkenberg Sauber-Ferrari 1m33.976s + 1.230s 15. Valtteri Bottas Williams-Renault 1m34.105s + 1.359s 16. Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1m34.284s + 1.538s Q1 cut-off time: 1m34.425s Gap * 17. Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 1m34.425s + 1.547s 18. Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari 1m34.730s + 1.852s 19. Charles Pic Caterham-Renault 1m35.283s + 2.405s 20. Jules Bianchi Marussia-Cosworth 1m36.178s + 3.300s 21. Giedo van der Garde Caterham-Renault 1m36.304s + 3.426s 22. Max Chilton Marussia-Cosworth 1m36.476s + 3.598s