F1 – Bahrain GP – Qualifying
The first night race of the season gave us an exciting battle for the championship at Bahrain. The fight between Ferrari and Mercedes gave us a new level of excitement with Lewis Hamilton with a 5 position grid penalty for changing his gearbox and the red boys have a great chance to increase their advantage for the race.
The first session of qualifying gave us the image of Max Verstappen hitting the walls just at the end of the session, causing a red flag and a chaos when the green flag was shown to the drivers who had to make their last lap as fast as they could. Romain Grosjean finished at the knockout zone with the same time as Fernando Alonso, but the spaniard made his lap before, and for that reason he kept the 15th position. After Q1 Grosjean, Ericsson, Sirotkin, Leclerc and Stroll finished the session on the last positions.
During the second round of qualifying we had a great fight at the middle zone between most of the teams and with one position left for the top 10 with Verstappen 15th, due for his crash. On that battle Hartley, Pérez, Alonso, Vandoorne and Verstappen finished at the knockout zone. It was the first time that Honda finished in front of both McLaren, and they even made it into Q3 with one of his cars, something unbelievable last year.
The third round was completely red, Vettel and Raikkonen were at the first positions since the start while Bottas and Hamilton tried to fight for the pole, but a 5 position grid penalty for Lewis Hamilton made the British driver to stay away of that battle while Vettel improved his time taking the pole position for the race.
Vettel finished the Bahrain GP qualifying session on top with Kimi Raikkonen 2nd and Valtteri Bottas 3rd. The top 10 was completed with Hamilton (who will start 9th due his grid penalty), Ricciardo, Gasly, Magnussen, Hulkenberg, Ocon and Sainz.
Tomorrow Ferrari has a great chance to make a 1-2 victory tomorrow and increase their advantage at the championship, but this is F1 and you never know what can happen. Will Sebastian Vettel achieve a new victory on his 200th race?