Sebastian Vettel has returned to form as he snatched pole position in Bahrain GP qualifying session today. This is his first pole of the 2012 season after being comprehensively outperformed by the Mercedes GP and McLaren team this season. Team mate, Mark Webber completed the top three, while these RBR drivers sandwiching the Lewis Hamilton in McLaren team.
The top-of-the-form Mercedes AMG PETRONAS team however has faded into the Bahrain dust this time around, with Nico Rosberg settling in 5th, some four tenth slower than the pole sitter, and team mate Michael Schumacher was down in 18th, behind the struggling Caterham piloted by Heikki Kovalainen. The former F1 legend was said to be angry at the mistake of not sending his out in soft tyres towards the end of Q1.
Fernando Alonso however managed to scrape into the Q3, the effort which team mate Felipe Massa clearly ran out talent to repeat so. Hence the leading Ferrari will start on 9th, while the backmarker-alike second car will start from 14th place.
Much has been talked about the safety of conducting the F1 race is the unstable country like Bahrain. Thankfully, apart from some unhurt Force India personnel who was caught in the primitive road mishap, the rest are doing fine. It is a pity that this kind of scenario is being caught in F1 scene.
Pos Driver Team Time 1. Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1m32.422s 2. Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes + 0.098 3. Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault + 0.215 4. Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes + 0.289 5. Nico Rosberg Mercedes + 0.399 6. Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari + 0.490 7. Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault + 0.586 8. Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari + 0.972 9. Fernando Alonso Ferrari No time 10. Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes No time 11. Kimi Raikkonen Lotus-Renault 12. Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 13. Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 14. Felipe Massa Ferrari 15. Bruno Senna Williams-Renault 16. Heikki Kovalainen Caterham-Renault 17. Michael Schumacher Mercedes 18. Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Ferrari 19. Vitaly Petrov Caterham-Renault 20. Charles Pic Marussia-Cosworth 21. Pedro de la Rosa HRT-Cosworth 22. Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 23. Timo Glock Marussia-Cosworth 24. Narain Karthikeyan HRT-Cosworth