2014 Bahrain Formula 1 Grand Prix - Qualifying

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Welcome to live text coverage of qualifying for the Bahrain Grand Prix!
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Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes completed a practice clean sweep earlier today
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The works Silver Arrows machines, fresh from victories in Australia and Malaysia, appear to be in similarly fine form so far this weekend
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Qualifying will take place under floodlights, with the sun setting quickly
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It has also been confirmed that Sakhir will keep its night race status in the future
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As a reminder, Pirelli has brought its Soft (Yellow) and Medium (White) tyres to Bahrain
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In terms of DRS, there are two zones in place, controlled by separate detection points
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The first comes along the back straight, with the second placed on the main straight
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Daniel Ricciardo heads into the session with a 10-place grid penalty, following the Red Bull driver's unsafe release during the Malaysian Grand Prix
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The scene is set ahead of the grid-deciding hour...
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Air and track temperatures have dropped to 24°C and 29°C respectively
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The light turns green at the end of the pit lane and Q1 is underway!
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Gutierrez is the first man out on track in his Sauber
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After rain in Australia and Malaysia, this will be 2014's first dry qualifying session
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Lots of cars leaving the pits now, with Grosjean the first on the Softs
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Gutierrez delivers the first time, clocking a 1:38.521
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Replays show Vergne kicking up some sparks along the main straight
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After a flurry of early times, Hulkenberg leads on 1:36.883
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Practice pace-setter Hamilton heads out on the Medium rubber
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Ricciardo moves to the front with a 1:36.676
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Alonso goes second for Ferrari
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Ericsson locks up heavily at Turn 1
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Hamilton posts a 1:35.323 for P1
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Rosberg slots into second position
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"I am struggling with the front locking," Kvyat reports
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Button is sixth after his first timed lap
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Vettel goes seventh, half a second down on team-mate Ricciardo
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Remember, the German lost the final 20 minutes of FP3 after spinning out
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Sauber drivers Gutierrez and Sutil, on Softs, go third and sixth
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Williams duo Massa and Bottas are the only drivers yet to leave the pits
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It is a tactic the team has been using throughout the weekend
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With around a third of the session remaining, the Williams drivers head out
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Both Massa and Bottas are on the Soft compound tyre
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It looks as though only the works Mercedes cars are safe on the Medium tyres
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Expect plenty of drivers to go for a Soft tyre run in the closing minutes
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Bottas goes quickest with a 1:34.934
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Hulkenberg, also using Softs, now fastest on 1:34.874
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Perez goes third in the sister Force India
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Massa is fourth after his late Soft tyre run
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Button can only go seventh on the softer rubber
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Vettel now displaces the McLaren driver
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Raikkonen improves to go fifth fastest
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Kvyat up to seventh, splitting the factory Mercedes drivers
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Magnussen in the drop zone as the chequered flag falls
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Plenty more flying laps to come
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Alonso goes sixth, just behind Raikkonen
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Magnussen moves out of danger, going seventh
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Grosjean squeezes through in 16th!
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That puts team-mate Maldonado into the bottom six
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Replays show Grosjean getting into a tangle with Sutil
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Out in Q1: MAL, SUT, KOB, BIA, ERI, CHI
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Stewards are to investigate the Sutil/Grosjean incident at Turns 13 and 14
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Sauber driver Sutil appeared to force his Lotus rival to the edge of the circuit
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After a short break, Q2 begins!
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No rush to leave the pits in the early stages
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Hamilton, Rosberg and Ricciardo were the only drivers to make it through on Mediums
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That will give them some strategic flexibility later on
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Bottas is the first driver to head out
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He is followed by Q1 pace-setter Hulkenberg
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We should see Soft tyre runs from the off
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Plenty of cars now lapping, all on Softs
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Hamilton is reminded that this tyre could be the one he starts the race on
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As per the 2014 regulations, anyone going through to the final shootout will start the race on the tyre they set their best time on in Q2
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Hulkenberg leads early on with a 1:35.682
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Williams drivers Massa and Bottas slot into second and third
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Perez breaks into the top three in the second Force India
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Raikkonen now fastest with a 1:34.925
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Hamilton clocks a 1:33.872 to take P1
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Rosberg edges out Hamilton with his first run
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It's a 1:33.708 from the German
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Ricciardo is the lead Red Bull in third
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Vettel and Grosjean the only drivers yet to appear
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Moments after we mention his name, Vettel emerges
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Grosjean heads out with three minutes remaining
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The bottom 10 drivers all on track now
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Ricciardo, Button, Alonso and Magnussen join them
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The Mercedes duo are the only drivers opting against another run
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Vettel goes eighth with his first effort
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Bottas and Massa improve to take P6 and P7
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Perez up to sixth in his Force India, putting Vettel into the drop zone!
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The chequered flag comes out, but plenty of times are on the way
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Hulkenberg can only go 12th fastest
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Vettel says his downshifts were "really bad" on that final run
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Kvyat edges out Toro Rosso team-mate Vergne for P13
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Gutierrez and Grosjean fail to make sufficient improvements to progress
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Out in Q2: VET, HUL, KVY, VER, GUT, GRO
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That's a big upset for Vettel, whose team-mate, Ricciardo, goes through in P3
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Replays show Vettel struggling for grip on his final timed attempt
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That session also confirmed that all Q3 runners will start the race on the Soft tyres
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The final shootout gets underway!
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None of the drivers are in a hurry to leave the pit lane
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Bottas is the first driver out on track
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Plenty more cars now starting runs
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Just Raikkonen yet to appear
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Bottas sets the early standard with a 1:34.247
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Rosberg now moves clear on a 1:33.185, with Hamilton slotting into second
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Hamilton is almost three tenths adrift, so plenty to make up on his final run
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Button goes sixth, almost two seconds down on Rosberg
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All drivers in the pits ahead of the final efforts
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Raikkonen will be completing just one run
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Cars now streaming out of the pits
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All 10 cars embarking on flyers as the clock ticks down
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The chequered flag comes out, but lots of times to follow
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Raikkonen goes fifth with his sole attempt
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Ricciardo up to third in the Red Bull
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Hamilton appears to have made a mistake
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Rosberg is informed and returns to the pits
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Bottas stays fourth, just ahead of Perez
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Raikkonen finishes sixth, while Button, Massa, Magnussen and Alonso complete the top ten
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A very disappointing end to the session for Alonso
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Replays show Hamilton locking up and running off at the first corner
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So Rosberg takes pole for the Bahrain Grand Prix!
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He beat team-mate Hamilton when it mattered
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As a reminder, Ricciardo will drop to 13th with his grid penalty
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That will put team-mate Vettel into the top ten
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We will be back for Sunday's race which begins at 6pm local time (GMT +3)