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GP Bahrain, prove sabato–18/04/2015

Bahrain GP F1: Lewis Hamilton beats Sebastian Vettel to pole

Lewis Hamilton continued his dominance of Formula 1 qualifying in 2015 by securing pole position for the Bahrain Grand Prix, but Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel denied Mercedes a front row lockout.

Reigning world champion Hamilton was the only driver to lap below 1m33s in Q2 and found a tenth of a second on his only run in Q3 to secure pole by over four tenths of a second.

Vettel was the only other driver to lap in sub 1m33s, his 1m32.982s lap good enough to relegate Hamilton’s team-mate Nico Rosberg to third.

Rosberg, who qualified on pole for this race for the last two years, lost crucial time in the first sector and couldn’t recover, ending up 0.147s slower than Vettel, but just ahead of the second Ferrari of Kimi Raikkonen.

Williams locked out row three, with Valtteri Bottas substantially faster than team-mate Felipe Massa.

Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo qualified less than a tenth adrift in seventh, but with a gap of over six tenths to the remainder of the top 10.

Nico Hulkenberg’s Force India qualified a superb eighth, just 0.012s clear of the Toro Rosso of Carlos Sainz Jr, while Romain Grosjean’s Lotus rounded out the top 10, just 0.022s further back.

Both Force Indias made it through to Q2 for the first time this season, with Sergio Perez edging out team-mate Hulkenberg by two tenths of a second in Q1.

But the Mexican just missed out on joining him in Q3 during a tight battle in the middle portion of qualifying.

Perez looked on course to make the top 10 as the session finished, but lost out Sainz by just 0.063s so wound up 11th.

That meant both Saubers missed out on making Q3 – with Felipe Nasr just 0.033s slower than Perez in 12th.

Marcus Ericsson made an error on his best lap so was almost three tenths further back in 13th.

In fact the Swede was only fractionally faster than Fernando Alonso, as McLaren-Honda made it through to Q2 for the first time this season.

Alonso qualified 14th, just ahead of the Toro Rosso of Max Verstappen, who complained of a lack of power at the start of Q2.

Pastor Maldonado’s Lotus, Daniil Kvyat’s Red Bull and Jenson Button’s McLaren-Honda joined the Manor/Marussias in filing through the Q1 exit door.

A problem with Maldonado’s Mercedes engine meant he missed the cut by just 0.024s, having looked strong throughout free practice.

A poor lap from Kvyat, who lost much of Saturday’s practice session when he beached his RB11 in the gravel, meant the Russian languished down in 17th place, his worst qualifying result of the season so far.

Will Stevens again comfortably outpaced team-mate Roberto Merhi, as Manor qualified off the final row of the grid for the first time this season thanks to more problems for Button’s McLaren.

Button’s car, which suffered reliability dramas throughout practice on Friday, stopped exiting Turn 3 on his out-lap with a suspected electrical problem, so the 2009 world champion failed to set a time.

Pos Driver Car Time Gap
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m32.571s
2 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m32.982s 0.411s
3 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m33.129s 0.558s
4 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m33.227s 0.656s
5 Valtteri Bottas Williams/Mercedes 1m33.381s 0.810s
6 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1m33.744s 1.173s
7 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1m33.832s 1.261s
8 Nico Hulkenberg Force India/Mercedes 1m34.450s 1.879s
9 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso/Renault 1m34.462s 1.891s
10 Romain Grosjean Lotus/Mercedes 1m34.484s 1.913s
11 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1m34.704s
12 Felipe Nasr Sauber/Ferrari 1m34.737s
13 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1m35.034s
14 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda 1m35.039s
15 Max Verstappen Toro Rosso/Renault 1m35.103s
16 Pastor Maldonado Lotus/Mercedes 1m35.677s
17 Daniil Kvyat Red Bull/Renault 1m35.800s
18 Will Stevens Marussia/Ferrari 1m38.713s
19 Roberto Merhi Marussia/Ferrari 1m39.722s
20 Jenson Button McLaren/Honda

Da Autosport.com


Bahrain GP: Lewis Hamilton edges out Sebastian Vettel in FP3

Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton edged Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel to the quickest time in the third and final Formula 1 practice session for the Bahrain Grand Prix.

The reigning world champion clocked a 1m34.599s – the fastest time of the weekend so far – on the soft tyre to finish 0.069s clear of Vettel.

The other Mercedes of Nico Rosberg was third, after a slow first sector, 0.369s off the pace with Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen fourth.

Raikkonen led the way after the medium tyre runs, with Ferrari team-mate Vettel 0.245s adrift in second – but the order changed significantly when drivers bolted on the soft tyres with 13 minutes of the one-hour session to go.

Rosberg was the first of the frontrunners to do a performance run, but his first sector was three tenths slower than his best on Friday.

His team-mate Hamilton had a much cleaner lap to top the charts for the first time this weekend.

The circuit was very dusty early on amid blustery conditions, with winds hitting 20mph and track temperatures 15C lower than they were during Friday’s daytime session.

The dirty circuit meant a number of drivers struggled for grip with both Lotus’s Romain Grosjean and Hamilton locking up on the run to Turn 1 and running wide onto the run-off.

Williams drivers Valtteri Bottas and Felipe Massa were fifth and sixth respectively, ahead of the Lotus of Pastor Maldonado, who was as high as fifth during the medium-tyre runs.

Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo, who didn’t go out until the final half and hour and ran wide at Turn 13 on his medium-tyre run, was eighth, with Force India’s Nico Hulkenberg and Sauber’s Felipe Nasr completing the top 10.

Jenson Button was the first driver out on track in a bid to make up for a loss of track time on Friday, when he completed just a handful of laps.

The Briton was the leading McLaren in 11th after 14 laps, five places and half a second quicker than team-mate Fernando Alonso in 16th.

Kvyat, who was caught out when he spun at Turn 4 and beached his Red Bull in the gravel, ended up 12th after the team got him back out for the final few minutes of the session.

Marcus Ericsson’s Sauber was 13th, ahead of Max Verstappen’s Toro Rosso and Force India’s Sergio Perez.

It was a disappointing session for Carlos Sainz, who could only manage 17th, one place clear of Lotus’ Romain Grosjean, who asked his team early in the session, "how can the car be so different?"

The Manors brought up the rear of the field, with Will Stevens eight tenths quicker than team-mate Roberto Merhi. Both were within the 107 per cent cut-off time.

Pos Driver Car Time Gap Laps
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m34.599s 13
2 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m34.668s 0.069s 14
3 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m34.968s 0.369s 16
4 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m35.141s 0.542s 13
5 Valtteri Bottas Williams/Mercedes 1m35.393s 0.794s 18
6 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1m35.471s 0.872s 15
7 Pastor Maldonado Lotus/Mercedes 1m36.307s 1.708s 14
8 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1m36.335s 1.736s 8
9 Nico Hulkenberg Force India/Mercedes 1m36.421s 1.822s 13
10 Felipe Nasr Sauber/Ferrari 1m36.429s 1.830s 18
11 Jenson Button McLaren/Honda 1m36.488s 1.889s 14
12 Daniil Kvyat Red Bull/Renault 1m36.548s 1.949s 7
13 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1m36.612s 2.013s 17
14 Max Verstappen Toro Rosso/Renault 1m36.684s 2.085s 11
15 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1m36.727s 2.128s 14
16 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda 1m36.899s 2.300s 11
17 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso/Renault 1m36.979s 2.380s 14
18 Romain Grosjean Lotus/Mercedes 1m37.151s 2.552s 17
19 Will Stevens Marussia/Ferrari 1m39.745s 5.146s 12
20 Roberto Merhi Marussia/Ferrari 1m40.541s 5.942s 14

Da Autosport.com

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