Saturday, April 21, 2012

Bahrain Qualy: Vettel back in Pole: Schumacher goes out in Q1

Baharin is hosting the Formula 1 Grand Prix in 2012 despite massive protests and violence. On Saturday in qualifying, Sebastian Vettel of Red Bull finally scored the first pole of the season. The biggest casualty in the qualifying was Michael Schumacher failing to qualify for the Q2. He was helplessly watching from the pits when  the timings kept on tumbling and Heikki Kovalainen of Caterham bettered his timing to score the 17th position.

Mercedes who were the pre race favourites to score the pole could not do so. Apart from Michael's surprising exit in the Q1, which the team tweeted as "a technical problem prevented Michael running again in Q1..more info later", Nico Rosberg too could not go beyond the 5th place in Q3. Lewis Hamilton separated the two red bulls and Jenson Button scored 4th.

Narain Karthikeyan, the lone Indian in fray, came 24th and was outqualified by his team mate Pedro de La Rosa.

1. Sebastian Vettel Redbull 1:32.422
2. Lewis Hamilton McLaren 1:32.520
3. Mark Webber Redbull 1:32.637
4. Jenson Button McLaren 1:32.711
5. Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:32.821
6. Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso 1:32.912
7. Romain Grosjean Lotus 1:33.008
8. Sergio Perez Sauber 1:33.394
9. Fernando Alonso Ferrari
10. Paul di Resta Force India
11. Kimi Raikkonen Lotus 1:33.789
12, Kamui Kobayashi Sauber 1:33.806
13. Nico Hulkenberg Force India 1:33.807
14. Felipe Massa Ferrari 1:33.912
15. Bruno Senna Williams 1:34.017
16. Heikki Kovalainen Caterham 1:36.832
17. Pastor Maldonado Williams
18. Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1:34.865
19. Jean Eric Vergne Toro Rosso 1:35.014
20. Vitaly Petrov Caterham 1:35.823
21. Charles Pic Marussia 1:37.683
22. Pedro de La Rosa HRT 1:37.883
23. Timo Glock Marussia 1:37.905
24. Narain Karthikeyan HRT 1:38.314

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