F1 2013 Bahrain Grand Prix Nico Rosberg makes it 2 straight poles for Mercedes

F1 2013 Bahrain Grand Prix Nico Rosberg makes it 2 straight poles for Mercedes
Nico Rosberg scored second straight pole for Mercedes in Bahrain
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F1 2013 Bahrain Grand Prix Nico Rosberg makes it 2 straight poles for Mercedes

Bahrain Grand Prix Infocentre

With all eyes on Ferrari and Red Bull to snatch pole position for the Bahrain Grand Prix, the surprise winner of the number one spot was Mercedes’ Nico Rosberg with a superb time of 1m 32.330s. His nearest challenger was Sebastian Vettel who trailed in Rosberg’s wake by 0.254s. Rosberg’s pole time was set on the Pirelli medium compound tyre. For comparison purposes it beat Sebastian Vettel’s 2012 pole time set on the soft tyre of 1m 32.422s.

Fernando Alonso was third fastest in the Ferrari F138 ahead of the second Mercedes F1 W04 of Lewis Hamilton. Hamilton though will be demoted five places on the grid having been penalised for a gearbox change in his F1 W04. Mark Webber was fifth fastest but also has a grid penalty of three places awarded after the Chinese Grand Prix.

Felipe Massa rounded out the top six unable to contain the pace of his team mate Fernando Alonso on this occasion. Alonso and Massa are now level on qualifying performance in 2013.

Paul Di Resta and Adrian Sutil showed the promise of the VJM06 qualifying in 7th and 8th places and will be hoping to convert their performance into strong results for the team tomorrow.

Kimi Raikkonen was unable to maintain his impressive practice pace in the Lotus E21 having to settle for a disappointing ninth. The Lotus is however easy on tyres and Raikkonen could still spring a surprise in the race although he has left himself an uphill struggle.

Jenson Button managed to scrape into the qualifying shoot out in the difficult McLaren MP4-28 but only made a token appearance and did not set a lap time, instead opting to conserve his tyres for the race.

Romain Grosjean and Sergio Perez both failed to make the shoot out ending in 11th and 12th places.

F1 2013 Bahrain Grand Prix Qualifying 1
Driver
Team
Car
Pos
Lap Time
Speed Kph
Diff
Total Diff
Laps
Fernando AlonsoFerrariF13811m 32.878s209.7720.0000.0005
Sebastian VettelRed BullRB921m 33.327s208.7630.4490.4493
Nico RosbergMercedesF1W0431m 33.364s208.6800.0370.4863
Romain GrosjeanLotusE2141m 33.498s208.3810.1340.6204
Lewis HamiltonMercedesF1W0451m 33.498s208.3810.0000.6204
Paul Di-RestaForce IndiaVJM0661m 33.762s207.7940.2640.8844
Felipe MassaFerrariF13871m 33.780s207.7540.0180.9025
Kimi RaikkonenLotusE2181m 33.827s207.6500.0470.9496
Mark WebberRed BullRB991m 33.966s207.3430.1391.0884
Adrian SutilForce IndiaVJM06101m 34.048s207.1620.0821.1703
Jenson ButtonMcLarenMP4-28111m 34.071s207.1120.0231.1934
Daniel RicciardoToro RossoSTR8121m 34.120s207.0040.0491.2423
Sergio PerezMcLarenMP4-28131m 34.310s206.5870.1901.4328
Jean-Eric VergneToro RossoSTR8141m 34.314s206.5780.0041.4368
Nico HulkenbergSauberC32151m 34.409s206.3700.0951.5317
Valtteri BottasWilliamsFW35161m 34.425s206.3350.0161.5477
Pastor MaldonadoWilliamsFW35171m 34.425s206.3350.0001.5476
Esteban GutierrezSauberC32181m 34.730s205.6710.3051.8529
Charles PicCaterhamCT03191m 35.283s204.4770.5532.4056
Jules BianchiMarussiaMR02201m 36.178s202.5740.8953.3006
Giedo Van Der GardeCaterhamCT03211m 36.304s202.3090.1263.4267
Max ChiltonMarussiaMR02221m 36.476s201.9490.1723.5986
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F1 2013 Bahrain Grand Prix Qualifying 2
Driver
Team
Car
Pos
Lap Time
Speed Kph
Diff
Total Diff
Laps
Sebastian VettelRed BullRB911m 32.746s210.0710.0000.0003
Nico RosbergMercedesF1W0421m 32.867s209.7970.1210.1216
Mark WebberRed BullRB931m 33.098s209.2760.2310.3523
Kimi RaikkonenLotusE2141m 33.146s209.1680.0480.4003
Fernando AlonsoFerrariF13851m 33.316s208.7870.1700.5706
Paul Di-RestaForce IndiaVJM0661m 33.335s208.7450.0190.5896
Lewis HamiltonMercedesF1W0471m 33.346s208.7200.0110.6003
Felipe MassaFerrariF13881m 33.358s208.6930.0120.6126
Adrian SutilForce IndiaVJM0691m 33.378s208.6490.0200.6326
Jenson ButtonMcLarenMP4-28101m 33.702s207.9270.3240.9566
Romain GrosjeanLotusE21111m 33.762s207.7940.0601.0163
Sergio PerezMcLarenMP4-28121m 33.914s207.4580.1521.1686
Daniel RicciardoToro RossoSTR8131m 33.974s207.3250.0601.2286
Nico HulkenbergSauberC32141m 33.976s207.3210.0021.2306
Valtteri BottasWilliamsFW35151m 34.105s207.0370.1291.3596
Jean-Eric VergneToro RossoSTR8161m 34.284s206.6440.1791.5386
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F1 2013 Bahrain Grand Prix Qualifying 3
Driver
Team
Car
Pos
Lap Time
Speed Kph
Diff
Total Diff
Laps
Nico RosbergMercedesF1W0411m 32.330s211.0170.0000.0006
Sebastian VettelRed BullRB921m 32.584s210.4380.2540.2543
Fernando AlonsoFerrariF13831m 32.667s210.2500.0830.3375
Lewis HamiltonMercedesF1W0441m 32.762s210.0340.0950.4326
Mark WebberRed BullRB951m 33.078s209.3210.3160.7483
Felipe MassaFerrariF13861m 33.207s209.0320.1290.8773
Paul Di-RestaForce IndiaVJM0671m 33.235s208.9690.0280.9056
Adrian SutilForce IndiaVJM0681m 33.246s208.9440.0110.9164
Kimi RaikkonenLotusE2191m 33.327s208.7630.0810.9973
Jenson ButtonMcLarenMP4-2810No Time0.0000.0000.0002
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