Nico Rosberg starts from the second pole position of his F1 career today, and he'll have plenty of work to do to keep the chasing pack behind him

Nico Rosberg will start from pole position for the second time in his career in today’s Bahrain Formula 1 Grand Prix.

Penalties for three drivers – three places for Mark Webber and five each for Lewis Hamilton and Esteban Gutiérrez – have meant that today’s starting grid will be reshuffled for today’s 57-lap race at the Bahrain International Circuit.

Therefore, the race’s starting grid will look as follows:

1. Nico Rosberg DEU 1:32.330          
  Mercedes AMG Petronas Mercedes   2. Sebastian Vettel DEU + 0.254
            Red Bull Racing Renault Red Bull Racing  
                 
3. Fernando Alonso ESP + 0.337          
  Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari     4. Felipe Massa BRA + 0.877
            Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari  
                 
5. Paul di Resta GBR + 0.905          
  Force India Mercedes Force India     6. Adrian Sutil DEU + 0.916
            Force India Mercedes Force India  
                 
7. Mark Webber AUS + 0.748          
  Red Bull Racing Renault Red Bull Racing PENALTY   8. Kimi Räikkönen FIN + 0.997
            Lotus Renault Lotus F1  
                 
9. Lewis Hamilton GBR + 0.423          
  Mercedes AMG Petronas Mercedes PENALTY   10. Jenson Button GBR no time
            McLaren Mercedes McLaren  
                 
11. Romain Grosjean FRA 1:33.762          
  Lotus Renault Lotus F1     12. Sergio Pérez MEX 1:33.914
            McLaren Mercedes McLaren  
                 
13. Daniel Ricciardo AUS 1:33.974          
  Toro Rosso Ferrari Toro Rosso     14. Nico Hülkenberg DEU 1:33.976
            Sauber Ferrari Sauber  
                 
15. Valtteri Bottas FIN 1:34.105          
  Williams Renault Williams     16. Jean-Éric Vergne FRA 1:34.284
            Toro Rosso Ferrari Toro Rosso  
                 
17. Pastor Maldonado VEN 1:34.425          
  Williams Renault Williams     18. Charles Pic FRA 1:35.283
            Caterham Renault Caterham  
                 
19. Jules Bianchi FRA 1:36.178          
  Marussia Cosworth Marussia     20. Giedo van der Garde NED 1:36.304
            Caterham Renault Caterham  
                 
21. Max Chilton GBR 1:36.476          
  Marussia Cosworth Marussia     22. Esteban Gutiérrez MEX 1:34.730
            Sauber Ferrari Sauber PENALTY


And for those looking for a bit of trivia ahead of today’s race, here are a few mind-blowing (or otherwise!) statistics to impress or bore your friends with:

  • McLaren has never won pole position or a Grand Prix at the Bahrain International Circuit.
  • Marussia F1 driver Max Chilton celebrates his 22nd birthday today.
  • Victory for Fernando Alonso, Sebastian Vettel, Lewis Hamilton or Kimi Räikkönen will move them up the ranks on the all-time winners list. Alonso will move to fourth outright on the all-time list with 32 wins (ahead of Nigel Mansell) if he wins, while Vettel would move to sixth outright with 28 wins (ahead of Sir Jackie Stewart). If Hamilton wins, he will move to equal-twelfth on the all-time list (tied with Damon Hill on 22 wins), while Räikkönen would become Finland’s most victorious F1 driver if he claims his 21st win, which would move him ahead of Mika Häkkinen.
  • Barring disaster, Mark Webber will make his 200th Grand Prix start today, making him the thirteenth driver to join the ‘200 Club’. He will also move to thirteenth on the all-time starting list, ahead of Alain Prost who started 199 GPs. Jenson Button (232) and Fernando Alonso (201, who will move level with Jean Alesi this weekend) are the only two drivers on the grid with more Grands Prix to their name.
  • Kimi Räikkönen will chalk up his 180th Grand Prix start this weekend and move to 18th overall in the all-time starting list, level with Ralf Schumacher.
  • Felipe Massa will start his 176th Grand Prix this weekend, moving him to 20th overall on the all-time starting list, level with Jacques Laffite.
  • Nico Rosberg will start his 132nd Grand Prix this weekend, moving him to 40th overall on the all-time starting list, level with Eddie Cheever.
  • Lewis Hamilton will start his 114th Grand Prix this weekend, moving him to 50th overall on the all-time starting list, level with 1982 World Champion Keke Rosberg.
  • Sebastian Vettel will start his 115th Grand Prix this weekend, moving him to 60th overall on the all-time starting list, level with Jochen Mass and Pedro de la Rosa.

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