Formula Racing

Bahrain GP – Qualifying Review

Bahrain GP – Qualifying: Roseberg makes it two poles in a row for Mercedes
By Armaan Ebrahim


The picturesque circuit at Bahrain, right in the middle of the desert, stood out like an oasis for Mercedes driver Nico Roseberg. In a surprising turn of events, he would be starting from the pole position at the Bahrain GP. It promised to be an exciting race, with all the premier drivers hovering in the top 5-7 slots. The qualifying marked good returns for theSahara Force India team as both its drivers qualified in the top 10, in a list dominated by world champions. The Bahrain International circuit track is famous for its high level of grip, which is acclaimed by both, the sports’ bosses & the Formula Racers. With the pole positions showing a dramatic result, the race promised high levels of excitement and unexpected results.

The Qualifying as it stood before the final:

Mercedes

Nico Roseberg – P1

Lewis Hamilton – P4 (Changed to P9)

The prospects looked great for Mercedes, with Nico grabbing the pole position. The German has shown great pace this season and although unexpected, his pole position might not have come as a surprise to many. However, the team mood may have been somewhat dampened by the news that Hamilton would be facing a 5 place grid penalty for an unscheduled gearbox change. With history in Roseberg’s favour (Nico had won the last season’s Chinese GP when starting from pole), both the team & the racer would have been expecting rich dividends from the race.

Red Bull

Sebastian Vettel – P2

Mark Webber – P5 (Changed to P7)

Red Bull showed great run in the qualifying session, with both their drivers making the top 5. The current world championship holder, Vettel, looked in great touch in both Q1 & Q2, topping the charts in Q2, but only just being piped to the pole. After the disappointment of previous race, Webber showed his skills to start a creditable P5, however suffered a 3 place grid penalty for colliding with Jean Eric Vergne’s Torro Rosso at the Chinese GP. With many overtaking zones & a long DRS stretch, podium finish for both his drivers, is what the team would have been hoping for.

Ferrari

Fernando Alonso – P3

Filipe Massa – P6 (Changed to P4)

Alonso started from where he left off at China, and set scintillating pace through the qualifying. Looked set to be in the top and gained a decent P3 position on the grid. Alonso remained one of the prime contenders of the race. His teammate Massa also looked good, and got a two position upgrade because of grid penalties, and would start on P4.

Sahara Force India

Adrian Sutil – P6

Paul Di Resta – P5

A brilliant opportunity for Sahara Force India and impressive qualifying positions for them in Bahrain. Showing great straight line speed, the Sahara Force India Cars could prove to be quite a handful especially on the long DRS stretches. Super effort from them in the qualifying and hence all eyes would be on them to at least get one podium finish for the team.

Lotus

Kimi Raikkonen – P8

Romain Grosjean – P 11

A bit of a disappointment for Kimi, with a P8, however still his aggressive style would see him push for a good finish for himself and his team at the race. Grosjean moved out of the top 10 to P11. The team would be looking for points from both their drivers in the finals.

McLaren

Sergio Perez – P12

Jenson Button – P10

Just about managing to hold onto P10, Jenson Button would be looking for a strong finish in the top 10. Another bit of disappointment to Sergio Perez as he got a P12. McLaren would be looking for a Top 10 finish from them this race.

Germany GP

31st July 2016

  • Driver Team Time/Lag
  • Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:30:44.200
  • Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull Racing + 6.996s
  • Max Verstappen Red Bull Racing + 13.413s
  • Nico Rosberg Mercedes + 15.845s
  • Sebastian Vettel Ferrari + 32.750s
  • Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari + 37.273s
  • Nico Hulkenberg Force India + 70.049
  • Jenson Button McLaren + 1 lap
  • Valtteri Bottas Williams + 1 lap
  • Sergio Perez Force India + 1 lap

Belgian GP

26th - 28thAug 2016

  • Practice 1 Fri 26th Aug 2016

  • Practice 2 Fri 26th Aug 2016

  • Practice 3 Sat 27th Aug 2016

  • Qualifying Sat 27th Aug 2016

  • Race Sun 28th Aug 2016

standings

Formula One World Championship 2016

  • Driver Points Team
  • Lewis Hamilton 217 Mercedes
  • Nico Rosberg 198 Mercedes
  • Daniel Ricciardo 133 Red Bull Racing
  • Kimi Räikkönen 122 Ferrari
  • Sebastian Vettel 120 Ferrari
  • Max Verstappen 115 Red Bull Racing
  • Valtteri Bottas 58 Williams Mercedes
  • Sergio Perez 48 Force India Mercedes
  • Felipe Massa 38 Williams Mercedes
  • Nico Hulkenberg 33 Force India Mercedes