Sebastian Vettel will begin Sunday’;s race in 10th for Red Bull Racing
By: Adam Cooper on April 5, 2014
LAT PHOTOGRAPHIC – Nico Rosberg produced it 3 poles in 3 races for Mercedes with his quick lap in Bahrain on Saturday.
Nico Rosberg snapped Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton’;s 2-race stranglehold on pole positions in the 2014 Formula 1 season by taking the pole in Bahrain.
Saturday’;s qualifying rounds marked the 1st dry qualifying session of the season, and thus the very first time the drivers were able to use the extra set of tires they’;ve been provided to motivate a more quickly third round of qualifying.
The final qualifying round created into a battle amongst the 2 Mercedes drivers. Rosberg was quickest in Q2, and once more set the pace on the initial runs, edging Hamilton by .3 2nd. Hamilton produced a bid late in the last round, but his lap was above practically ahead of it started out right after a huge lock-up at turn one particular.
“I locked up in the final la,p but normally I am happy for the crew,” Hamilton stated. “Nico did a fantastic work, and naturally I’;m content my teammate is there and not someone else.”
Daniel Ricciardo qualified third for Red Bull Racing, but will commence 13th following being assessed a 10-location grid penalty for an unsafe pit release in Malaysia. Valtteri Bottas certified 4th and will commence third for Williams on Sunday. Force India’;s Sergio Perez will start off 4th.
Ricciardo believes that he can make progress on Sunday.
“Really pleased with the overall performance,” he mentioned. “At the moment it really is the very best any person else can do aside from the 2 guys alongside me. We’;ve nevertheless received some ground to make on them tonight. It is been genuinely tricky. You know, the temperature drops a good deal for these evening sessions and as you almost certainly saw in P3 we had been a lengthy way off the pace but it turned close to this evening and it was wonderful to shut the gap.”
Ricciardo is assured that the staff can help him regain ground.
“We’;ve acquired some good guys in the office back there and I’;m certain they’;ll do what they can to get me as far up the front as feasible,” Ricciardo explained. “I believe at the minute it’;s pretty close among 2 and 3 quit and possibly there’;s a bit of space for us to try one thing there.
“I would really like to charge through and have a podium right after the 57 or so laps. I feel realistically we just have to get some factors to start with. My season has been going effectively but I do not have any points to display for it so far, so I believe that is the 1st target. But in saying that, I never think we require to be conservative. We want to push, we are certainly out of place, starting 13th, so I will do what I can and naturally if there is an opportunity to move forward then I will take it and hopefully walk away tomorrow with some points on the board.”
The biggest surprise came in Q2 when Sebastian Vettel failed to advance in 11th spot. Vettel claimed he had a dilemma with downshifts. “There was a minor bit a lot more in the vehicle which I couldn’;t get to,” said Vettel, who will start off 10th soon after the Ricciardo penalty.
Adrian Sutil was moved to the back of the grid right after receiving a 5-area penalty for an incident involving Romain Grosjean in Q1.
Sutil, who also will get 2 penalty factors on his Super License, had only experienced 18th right after a troubled session for the Sauber driver.
The stewards reported that “vehicle 99 forced car 8 off the track between turns 13 and 14 in an unsafe method.”
Individuals who move up a location are Kamui Kobayashi, Jules Bianchi, Marcus Ericsson and Max Chilton.
Formula 1 Bahrain Grand Prix
Pos Driver Team
1 Nico Rosberg, Mercedes
2 Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes
3*Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull Racing-Renault
4 Valtteri Bottas, Williams-Mercedes
5 Sergio Perez, Force India-Mercedes
6 Kimi Räikkönen, Ferrari
7 Jenson Button, McLaren-Mercedes
8 Felipe Massa, Williams-Mercedes
9 Kevin Magnussen, McLaren-Mercedes
10 Fernando Alonso, Ferrari
11 Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull Racing-Renault
12 Nico Hulkenberg, Force India-Mercedes
13 Daniil Kvyat, STR-Renault
14 Jean-Eric Vergne, STR-Renault
15 Esteban Gutierrez, Sauber-Ferrari
16 Romain Grosjean, Lotus-Renault
17 Pastor Maldonado, Lotus-Renault
18 Adrian Sutil, Sauber-Ferrari
19 Kamui Kobayashi, Caterham-Renault
20 Jules Bianchi, Marussia-Ferrari
21 Marcus Ericsson, Caterham-Renault
22 Max Chilton, Marussia-Ferrari
*Will commence 13th following a 10-area grid penalty from actions at Malaysia.
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