Rosberg storms to Sakhir pole position

Rosberg storms to Sakhir pole position

20 April 2013 – Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg claimed pole position for the Bahrain Grand Prix with a stunning time of 1:32.330 in Saturday's qualifying session. The German, who posted two laps strong enough for the top spot, ended the shootout phase 0.254 seconds clear of nearest rival Sebastian Vettel, with Fernando Alonso third.

In similar conditions to the final practice session this morning, usual suspects Alonso and Vettel set the early pace, heading the timesheets in Q1 and Q2 respectively. As the final segment got underway, Rosberg emerged as a serious threat for pole with his initial time of 1:32.543, while many drivers opted for just one timed run.

Rosberg improved to a 1:32.330 during the final sequence of flying laps, with Vettel and Alonso unable to find an answer. Lewis Hamilton and Mark Webber were next up, but the pair will be hit with five and three place grid penalties. Felipe Massa, who will progress to the second row alongside team-mate Alonso, was the only man to choose Hard over Medium rubber, slotting ahead of Paul di Resta and Adrian Sutil.

Kimi Räikkönen ended up as the leading Lotus driver in what was a massively disappointing session for the Enstone-based outfit, with Romain Grosjean being denied a place in Q3 by Jenson Button. The latter chose not to post a time in the final phase and will therefore have free choice over the tyres he starts with on Sunday.

In the second McLaren, Sergio Pérez's fears of a Q2 exit were realised. Despite his best efforts, the Mexican could only claim 12th on the grid, just ahead of Toro Rosso driver Daniel Ricciardo and Sauber replacement Nico Hülkenberg. Jean-Éric Vergne sandwiched the Williams duo of Valtteri Bottas and Pastor Maldonado; the latter fell at the Q1 hurdle after setting a later, identical time to his team-mate.

At the back of the field, Charles Pic put his car upgrades to good use and comfortably outqualified Marussia's Jules Bianchi, while Giedo van der Garde got the better of Max Chilton. All four men will gain places after Esteban Gutiérrez, who was the final Q1 victim, drops to the back of the grid with the penalty he picked up at Shanghai.

After penalties: Bahrain Grand Prix starting grid

Sunday afternoon's 57-lap race at Sakhir begins at 3pm local time (GMT +3) and, as with all sessions, can be tracked via the GPUpdate.net Live Report feature

related

Comments

Latest News
Full
Compact

  1. Saturday 27 August 2016

  2. 17:38

    F1 photos: Saturday at Spa-Francorchamps

    F1
  3. Pérez: Force India maximised qualifying 17:36

    Pérez: Force India maximised qualifying

    Sergio Pérez reckons Force India maximised its potential by claiming sixth and seventh on the grid for the Belgian Grand…

    F1
  4. 17:08

    GP3 photos: Saturday at Spa-Francorchamps

    GP3
  5. Leclerc controls GP3 opener in Belgium 17:06

    Leclerc controls GP3 opener in Belgium

    Ferrari protégé Charles Leclerc claimed his third GP3 Series victory of the season after dominating proceedings at…

    GP3
  6. Ricciardo 'not too disappointed' with qualifying 16:56

    Ricciardo 'not too disappointed' with qualifying

    Daniel Ricciardo says he is "not too disappointed" with his fifth-place grid slot in Belgium, given this weekend's precarious…

    F1
  7. Button: Q2 lap as good as 2012 pole run 15:50

    Button: Q2 lap as good as 2012 pole run

    Jenson Button reckons the lap he posted to reach the final phase of qualifying in Belgium was as good as his run to pole…

    F1
  8. 15:48

    GP2 photos: Saturday at Spa-Francorchamps

    GP2
  9. Gasly extends advantage with third GP2 victory 15:46

    Gasly extends advantage with third GP2 victory

    Pierre Gasly moved into a 23-point advantage in the GP2 Series as he cruised to his third victory of the season at…

    GP2
  10. Hamilton: Spa 'worst time' to take penalties 15:17

    Hamilton: Spa 'worst time' to take penalties

    Lewis Hamilton says the Belgian Grand Prix has proven to be the "worst time" to take his engine-related grid penalties, given…

    F1
  11. Räikkönen felt pole position was possible 15:03

    Räikkönen felt pole position was possible

    Kimi Räikkönen felt that pole position was within his and Ferrari's reach at the Belgian Grand Prix, after finishing within…

    F1
  12. Verstappen: Red Bull can be 'very pleased' 14:42

    Verstappen: Red Bull can be 'very pleased'

    Max Verstappen reckons Red Bull can be "very pleased" with its efforts during qualifying for the Belgian Grand Prix, as he…

    F1
  13. Rosberg relieved by pole on 'difficult weekend' 14:32

    Rosberg relieved by pole on 'difficult weekend'

    Nico Rosberg expressed his relief as he collected pole position for the sixth time this season despite enduring a "difficult…

    F1
  14. 14:06

    Belgian Grand Prix: Full qualifying results

    F1
  15. Rosberg beats Verstappen to Belgian GP pole 14:05

    Rosberg beats Verstappen to Belgian GP pole

    Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg beat Red Bull's Max Verstappen to pole position for the Belgian Grand Prix, taking advantage of…

    F1
  16. Gutiérrez hit with five-place grid penalty 13:34

    Gutiérrez hit with five-place grid penalty

    Haas' Esteban Gutiérrez has been handed a five-place grid penalty for the Belgian Grand Prix following an incident with Manor…

    F1
  17. 12:46

    Follow qualifying for the Belgian Grand Prix!

    F1
  18. Hamilton up to 55-place grid penalty at Spa 11:08

    Hamilton up to 55-place grid penalty at Spa

    Mercedes has confirmed that it has carried out further changes to Lewis Hamilton's F1 W07 Hybrid on Saturday morning in Belgium…

    F1
  19. 11:06

    Belgian Grand Prix: Full Practice 3 results

    F1
  20. Räikkönen puts Ferrari on top in final practice 11:04

    Räikkönen puts Ferrari on top in final practice

    Kimi Räikkönen put Ferrari on top during final practice for the Belgian Grand Prix, ahead of Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo and…

    F1
  21. Wolff: I'll make sure Vandoorne gets seat 10:37

    Wolff: I'll make sure Vandoorne gets seat

    Mercedes boss Toto Wolff has promised to find Stoffel Vandoorne a seat in Formula 1 for the 2017 season, if McLaren-Honda does…

    F1
  22. 09:52

    Follow final practice for the Belgian GP!

    F1
  23. Leclerc extends title lead with Belgium pole 09:19

    Leclerc extends title lead with Belgium pole

    Charles Leclerc extended his GP3 Series title lead as he stormed to pole position for the opening race of the weekend at…

    GP3
  24. Sauber pair able to note gains from new parts 08:34

    Sauber pair able to note gains from new parts

    Sauber pair Marcus Ericsson and Felipe Nasr say they were able to note gains made by the team after it introduced a raft of…

    F1
  25. Alonso sure Honda update marks 'step forward' 08:16

    Alonso sure Honda update marks 'step forward'

    Fernando Alonso says he is sure that Honda's updated power unit will mark a "step forward", despite his limited and dialled-down…

    F1
  26. Massa: Williams/Force India fight 'tough' 07:36

    Massa: Williams/Force India fight 'tough'

    Felipe Massa says Williams faces a "tough" fight against Force India to secure fourth in the standings, with the two teams…

    F1
  27. Wehrlein: Hot weather should boost Manor 06:42

    Wehrlein: Hot weather should boost Manor

    Manor driver Pascal Wehrlein believes high temperatures should suit the team, following an eye-catching display during Friday's…

    F1
  28. Video of the Day: Past, present and future race 05:42

    Video of the Day: Past, present and future race

    Fernando Alonso takes on McLaren team-mates Jenson Button and Stoffel Vandoorne, and ex-Formula 1 racers Mika Häkkinen and…

    F1
  29. Friday 26 August 2016

  30. Force India 'not perfect' despite strong pace 17:04

    Force India 'not perfect' despite strong pace

    Force India's Nico Hülkenberg believes there is still more pace to come from the VJM09, after an encouraging pair of practice…

    F1
  31. Grosjean critical of high tyre pressures 16:57

    Grosjean critical of high tyre pressures

    Haas driver Romain Grosjean has criticised Pirelli's mandatory tyre pressures at the Belgian Grand Prix, which he says makes the…

    F1
  32. 16:24

    F1 photos: Friday at Spa-Francorchamps

    F1
  33. Mercedes used five tokens for Spa upgrade 16:16

    Mercedes used five tokens for Spa upgrade

    Mercedes has revealed that it used up five of its engine development tokens on its Belgian Grand Prix upgrade, leaving it with…

    F1
  34. Vettel: Opening day 'very tricky' for Ferrari 16:07

    Vettel: Opening day 'very tricky' for Ferrari

    Sebastian Vettel has labelled the first day of practice for the Belgian Grand Prix as "very tricky", after he finished fourth…

    F1
  35. Rosberg: Halo device did not disturb me 15:52

    Rosberg: Halo device did not disturb me

    Nico Rosberg has described his test with the 'halo' cockpit protection device during Belgian Grand Prix practice as a…

    F1
  36. Hamilton thanks mechanics after 'tough' day 15:45

    Hamilton thanks mechanics after 'tough' day

    Lewis Hamilton heaped praise on his Mercedes mechanics after a "tough day" of work in Belgium, prior to taking a substantial…

    F1
  37. 15:32

    GP2 photos: Friday at Spa-Francorchamps

    GP2
  38. Giovinazzi beats team-mate Gasly to pole 15:30

    Giovinazzi beats team-mate Gasly to pole

    Antonio Giovinazzi edged out Prema team-mate Pierre Gasly to secure his second GP2 Series pole position of the season at…

    GP2
  39. Verstappen: Red Bull 'better than expected' 15:13

    Verstappen: Red Bull 'better than expected'

    Max Verstappen admits that Red Bull is performing "better than expected" at the Belgian Grand Prix, but is refusing to get…

    F1
  40. 14:34

    Belgian Grand Prix: Full Practice 2 results

    F1
  41. Verstappen leads Red Bull 1-2 in second practice 14:32

    Verstappen leads Red Bull 1-2 in second practice

    Max Verstappen led team-mate Daniel Ricciardo in a Red Bull 1-2 during Friday afternoon's second practice session for the…

    F1
  42. 12:52

    Follow second practice for the Belgian GP!

    F1
more news