Lewis Hamilton took his fourth consecutive Pole Position of 2015 in Bahrain today, to maintain his dominance of Saturdays this year. As with the previous race, he’ll be followed by Sebastian Vettel, and his Mercedes team mate Nico Rosberg.
Qualifying in Bahrain took place under the floodlights as night descended upon the Arabian island nation, but temperatures remained pretty high, with on-track temperatures at around 30 degrees Centigrade.
Q1 saw mixed fortunes for McLaren. Jenson Button’s dreadful weekend culminated in his car dying on his out-lap, meaning that for tomorrow’s race, he will start from the very back of the grid. Fernando Alonso, however, put in a cracking lap, and took 9th place in Q1, to get into the second session.
Q2 also saw the odd surprise, with Nico Hulkenberg and Carlos Sainz getting through, the Spanish rookie doing so as the last man across the line to knock out Sergio Perez.
The final session was close, and for a while Vettel looked like he would threaten pole, but as you can expect, Hamilton snatched it back, eventually setting a time tenths faster than anyone else. It’s first Pole in Bahrain, and his fourth of the season out of four races.
The Top Ten
1) Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes (1.32:571)
2) Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari (1.32:982)
3) Nico Rosberg, Mercedes (1.33:129)
4) Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari (1.33:227)
5) Valtteri Bottas, Williams (1.33:381)
6) Felipe Massa, Williams (1.33:744)
7) Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull (1.33:832)
8) Nico Hulkenberg, Force India (1.34.450
9) Carlos Sainz Jr, Toro Rosso (1.34:462
10) Romain Grosjean, Lotus (1.34:484)
Out in Q2
11) Sergio Perez, Force India (1.34:704)
12) Felipe Nasr, Sauber (1.34:737)
13) Marcus Ericsson, Sauber (1.35:034)
14) Fernando Alonso, McLaren (1.35:039)
15) Max Verstappen, Toro Rosso (1.35:103)
Out in Q1
16) Pastor Maldonado, Lotus (1.35:677)
17) Daniil Kvyat, Red Bull (1.35:800)
18) Will Stevens, Marussia (1.38:713)
19) Roberto Merhi, Marussia (1.39:722)
20) Jenson Button, McLaren (No time)