GP Bahrain, prove del sabato–02/04/2016
Lewis Hamilton beats Nico Rosberg to Bahrain Grand Prix pole
Lewis Hamilton edged out Mercedes Formula 1 team-mate Nico Rosberg to take pole position for the Bahrain Grand Prix, as Ferrari’s challenge fizzled out late in the session.
Ferrari looked genuinely competitive in qualifying at Sakhir, and unlike at the previous race in Melbourne retained enough sets of super-soft tyres to attack Mercedes to the end of qualifying.
Hamilton was only fourth fastest after running wide at the final corner on his first run in Q3, but he produced the fastest lap of the weekend so far – a 1m29.493s – when it counted to take the 51st pole of his F1 career.
Rosberg led the way following the first runs in Q3, just under two tenths clear of Sebastian Vettel’s Ferrari. Rosberg improved by more than three tenths of a second on his second run, but Hamilton remained 0.077s clear.
Vettel took third, improving only fractionally on his first Q3 effort, while team-mate Kimi Raikkonen dropped time in the first sector on his final lap so wound up fourth.
The rest of the Q3 runners only had sufficient time to complete single runs, thanks to the controversial elimination format being retained for this race.
Daniel Ricciardo’s Red Bull was best-of-the-rest, nearly three tenths clear of the Williams of Valtteri Bottas.
The second Williams of Felipe Massa was just 0.002s down in seventh, while Nico Hulkenberg’s Force India completed the top eight.
Romain Grosjean’s Haas and the two Toro Rossos of Max Verstappen and Carlos Sainz Jr all paid the price for staying in the pits after making single runs in Q2.
Hulkenberg was the only driver to attempt two runs in this segment and his second flier was enough to lift him to eighth and knock Grosjean out of the final Q3 spot.
The lack of effort to return to the track despite having ample time to do so suggested Haas and Toro Rosso strategically preferred free choice of tyres for the race start, rather than higher grid positions.
Less than three tenths of a second blanketed Grosjean in ninth to Jenson Button in 14th.
Verstappen and Sainz ended up 10th and 11th, ahead of McLaren-Honda rookie Stoffel Vandoorne (who outqualified team-mate Button on his debut), the second Haas of Esteban Gutierrez and Button.
Red Bull’s Daniil Kvyat endured another disappointing qualifying session, ending up 15th in a car comfortably quick enough for Q3.
The second Force India of Sergio Perez and the works Renaults of Kevin Magnussen and Jolyon Palmer dropped out in Q1, along with both Manors and both Saubers.
Perez only had time for one run, which proved insufficient to make the cut as others improved.
Pascal Wehrlein put his Manor-Mercedes 16th with a last-gasp effort, which fell less than three tenths shy of being good enough for Q2.
Marcus Ericsson’s Sauber was 0.034s slower in 17th, ahead of Perez, Magnussen (who will start from the pitlane after missing the weighbridge in practice) and Palmer.
Rio Haryanto’s Manor and Felipe Nasr’s Sauber propped up the timesheet.
Both were well adrift of the rest after completing solitary runs and had no time for a second effort.
Nasr’s lap was spoiled by a big lock-up under braking at Turn 1, so he ended up slowest.
|5||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull/TAG Heuer||1m30.854s||1.361s|
|8||Nico Hulkenberg||Force India/Mercedes||1m31.620s||2.127s|
|10||Max Verstappen||Toro Rosso/Ferrari||1m31.772s||–|
|11||Carlos Sainz||Toro Rosso/Ferrari||1m31.816s||–|
|15||Daniil Kvyat||Red Bull/TAG Heuer||1m32.241s||–|
|18||Sergio Perez||Force India/Mercedes||1m32.911s||–|
Vettel fastest as Ferrari moves ahead in Bahrain GP practice three
Sebastian Vettel led a Ferrari one-two as Mercedes’ stranglehold on the Bahrain Grand Prix practice timesheets ended in the final warm-up session of this Formula 1 weekend.
Vettel beat his Ferrari F1 team-mate Kimi Raikkonen by just 0.050 seconds during qualifying simulations in the closing stages to top the times, relegating the Mercedes of Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton to third and fourth.
Raikkonen had been fastest overall on soft tyres, before Vettel’s late surge.
The higher heat of Saturday afternoon in Sakhir makes third practice less relevant to the business end of the weekend, and also ensured laptimes were substantially slower than in Friday evening’s second practice session.
Hamilton and Rosberg set identical times to a thousandth of a second on soft tyres, before Rosberg edged Hamilton by 0.036s on super-softs.
The world champion was faster than his team-mate through the first two sectors, but lost crucial time over the final part of the lap, an areas he admits has been a struggle for him so far this weekend.
The Williams of Valtteri Bottas was fifth fastest, ahead of Romain Grosjean’s Haas, Daniil Kvyat’s Red Bull and the second Haas of Esteban Gutierrez, who complained of Hamilton holding him up at one point in the session.
Felipe Massa tried the new shorter nose on his Williams, but could only lap ninth fastest, just ahead of the second Red Bull of Daniel Ricciardo, though both did their super-soft runs earlier than their rivals.
Marcus Ericsson went 11th fastest for Sauber, followed by Kevin Magnussen’s Renault.
McLaren-Honda could not maintain its impressive form from Friday evening, ending up 13th and 14th fastest with Jenson Button just 0.04s faster than rookie team-mate Stoffel Vandoorne.
The Toro Rossos were only 15th and 16th, but neither made runs on the super-soft tyre, preferring to focus mainly on long runs with the soft rubber.
Lower-fuel runs near the end put Verstappen 15th, almost three tenths clear of team-mate Carlos Sainz Jr.
Felipe Nasr was 17th in the second Sauber, ahead of both Force Indias, which also didn’t use the super-soft.
Jolyon Palmer set the 20th best time before picking up a puncture on his Renault as the session ended.
The Manor-Mercedes brought up the rear of the order, with Rio Haryanto ahead of Pascal Wehrlein, though Haryanto was the only one of the two to run the super-soft tyre.
PRACTICE THREE TIMES
|7||Daniil Kvyat||Red Bull/TAG Heuer||1m33.113s||1.430s||10|
|10||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull/TAG Heuer||1m33.519s||1.836s||20|
|15||Max Verstappen||Toro Rosso/Ferrari||1m33.778s||2.095s||20|
|16||Carlos Sainz||Toro Rosso/Ferrari||1m34.003s||2.320s||20|
|18||Nico Hulkenberg||Force India/Mercedes||1m34.128s||2.445s||16|
|19||Sergio Perez||Force India/Mercedes||1m34.281s||2.598s||15|