Red Bull back on top as Vettel takes Bahrain pole

21st April 2012

Sebastian Vettel (1st, Q3 - 1m 32.422s)
“It feels great and I completely owe this one to the team. It wasn’t an easy start to the season for us and there was a lot of expectation, but I think more than anything it was about what we expected from ourselves and we didn’t match it. We’ve been working extremely hard on the car, trimming here and there and finding the right way to go forward. The boys haven’t had much sleep the last few races - it was a tough race last weekend in China and now here, so it’s good to put the car on pole for them. The car felt better all weekend, it wasn’t the smoothest qualifying session, I nearly went out in Q1, but it’s good to get the pole.”

Mark Webber (3rd, Q3 - 1m 32.637s)
“The car has been working better here. The first part of qualifying wasn’t easy and we both had to go again in Q1. It was a pretty decent session for me and my best qualifying performance at this circuit. Seb did a good lap for pole and we’re satisfied to both be at the front. The team has worked very hard and been very focused. We haven’t been too strong on Saturdays until now, but we have on Sunday. We can have a good race from there tomorrow; tyre strategy will be very, very important - a lot of drivers, including us, have used a lot of tyres already in qualifying.”

Christian Horner, Red Bull team principal
“A great team performance today and pretty unexpected to get pole and third on the grid here. It’s testimony to all the hard work that’s going on here trackside and back in the factory to deliver that kind of performance during what was a really exciting and tight qualifying session. Sebastian was nearly knocked out in Q1 and Q2 and then put it on pole in Q3, which shows how tight it was and Mark was there all the way through. Hopefully we can have a strong race tomorrow.”

 

Q3

1.  Lewis Hamilton        McLaren-Mercedes     1m33.209s
 2.  Nico Rosberg          Mercedes             1m33.219s  +  0.010
 3.  Romain Grosjean       Lotus-Renault        1m33.246s  +  0.037
 4.  Mark Webber           Red Bull-Renault     1m33.311s  +  0.102
 5.  Fernando Alonso       Ferrari              1m33.403s  +  0.194
 6.  Jenson Button         McLaren-Mercedes     1m33.416s  +  0.207
 7.  Paul di Resta         Force India-Mercedes 1m33.510s  +  0.301
 8.  Sebastian Vettel      Red Bull-Renault     1m33.527s  +  0.318
 9.  Daniel Ricciardo      Toro Rosso-Ferrari   1m33.556s  +  0.347
10.  Sergio Perez          Sauber-Ferrari       1m33.660s  +  0.451


Q2

11.  Kimi Raikkonen        Lotus-Renault          1m33.789s 
12.  Kamui Kobayashi       Sauber-Ferrari         1m33.806s 
13.  Nico Hulkenberg       Force India-Mercedes   1m33.807s
14.  Felipe Massa          Ferrari                1m33.912s 
15.  Bruno Senna           Williams-Renault       1m34.017s
16.  Heikki Kovalainen     Caterham-Renault       1m36.132s

Q1


17.  Michael Schumacher    Mercedes               1m34.865s 
18.  Jean-Eric Vergne      Toro Rosso-Ferrari     1m35.014s
19.  Vitaly Petrov         Caterham-Renault       1m35.823s 
20.  Charles Pic           Marussia-Cosworth      1m37.683s 
21.  Pedro de la Rosa      HRT-Cosworth           1m37.883s 
22.  Pastor Maldonado      Williams-Renault       No time
23.  Timo Glock            Marussia-Cosworth      1m37.905s 
24.  Narain Karthikeyan    HRT-Cosworth           1m38.314s 

 

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