Bahrain GP 2010: Vettel Takes Pole On Scintillating Saturday In Bahrain
Sebastian Vettel did just enough with an excellent flying lap in Bahrain to take pole position for tomorrow’s first Grand Prix of 2010.
The German racer started where he left off for Red Bull Racing after a quality session where Red Bull really showed their pace after a poor Friday practice.
“In winter testing no one really knew where he was. It was clear there were four teams were pretty strong, but close to each other.” Vettel said post qualifying,
“To be honest yesterday was a tough day for us, we had not as much running as we hoped for. Another long night, especially mechanics with not much sleep and a lot of long faces, but they were keen this morning to keep pushing.
“I knew we had a great car, but obviously first of all we had to get it together.”
Felipe Massa managed to grab 2nd ahead of Fernando Alonso who will have to settle for third despite having a greater pace over the first two sessions. The Spaniard was satisfied with Ferrari’s pace.
“I am very happy obviously,” said Alonso. “At is the first race, there are many things to answer in the first race with a long winter with a big difference in fuel loads, in all the tests and yesterday in practice, you never know what the competitors are running.
“We were excited about the first qualifying of the season, so now to have both drivers in the top three means we have a very competitive car. We thought so, but you need to confirm and it has been great, a great day and I think it is some kind of nice feeling to realise that we are in the fight because you never know until qualifying.”
Lewis Hamilton managed 4th place after a poor first lap in Q3, but was significantly faster than Jenson Button his new team mate who had to settle for 8th, behind Rosberg, Webber and Michael Schumacher who didn’t make any big surprises on his race comeback with Mercedes Benz.
It was Kubica and Sutil who rounded out the top 10, the latter along with his team mate Tonio Liuzzi (12th) who made the big surprises with the Force India showing excellent pace – definitely one to watch for the season.
Rubens Barrichello in 11th will get to select his tyre compound andget a set of fresh rubber ahead of the race, giving him a potential advantage at the start of tomorrow’s GP over the top 10. Team mate Nico Hulkenberg looked to have the measure over Rubens in practice but the old master beat the young German who will start in 13th tomorrw.
The Sauber’s didn’t continue their successful test pace, down in 13th and 16th respectively, jostling with the Toro Rosso’s.
The new teams didn’t make ground but had a fairly successful day considering that it was their first ever qualifying sessions. Virgin took first blood over Lotus, but the green and yellow Cosworth powered machines looked to be more consistent than Virgin’s racers. Hispania got both cars out, and despite only a handful of laps they look ok for tomorrow – Karun Chandhok finally getting behind the wheel of an F1 car competitively.
Pos Driver Team Q1 Q2 Q3 1. Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1:55.029 1:53.883 1:54.101 2. Massa Ferrari 1:55.313 1:54.331 1:54.242 3. Alonso Ferrari 1:54.612 1:54.172 1:54.608 4. Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1:55.341 1:54.707 1:55.217 5. Rosberg Mercedes 1:55.463 1:54.682 1:55.241 6. Webber Red Bull-Renault 1:55.298 1:54.318 1:55.284 7. Schumacher Mercedes 1:55.593 1:55.105 1:55.524 8. Button McLaren-Mercedes 1:55.715 1:55.168 1:55.672 9. Kubica Renault 1:55.511 1:54.963 1:55.885 10. Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1:55.213 1:54.996 1:56.309 11. Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 1:55.969 1:55.330 12. Liuzzi Force India-Mercedes 1:55.628 1:55.653 13. Hulkenberg Williams-Cosworth 1:56.375 1:55.857 14. de la Rosa Sauber-Ferrari 1:56.428 1:56.237 15. Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1:56.189 1:56.265 16. Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1:56.541 1:56.270 17. Petrov Renault 1:56.167 1:56.619 18. Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1:57.071 19. Glock Virgin-Cosworth 1:59.728 20. Trulli Lotus-Cosworth 1:59.852 21. Kovalainen Lotus-Cosworth 2:00.313 22. di Grassi Virgin-Cosworth 2:00.587 23. Senna HRT-Cosworth 2:03.240 24. Chandhok HRT-Cosworth 2:04.904
This entry was posted on March 13, 2010 by f1fanatics. It was filed under 2010 Race Weekends, F1 News and was tagged with 2010 Bahrain Grand Prix, Bahrain GP Qualifying, Bruno Senna, Felipe Massa, Fernando Alonso, Jarno Trulli, Jenson Button, Karun Chandhok, Kobayashi, Lewis Hamilton, Michael Schumacher, Pedro De La Rosa, Sebastian Vettel.