The second qualifying session of the season in Bahrain saw a few surprises under the floodlights in the desert.
Lewis Hamilton was the ultimate winner as he took pole after putting in a world-class last lap, beating his teammate Nico Rosberg and leaving him to settle for P2. Both Ferraris will start from the second row, which was widely expected.
The Renault drivers didn’t have the best qualifying session after being knocked out of Q1 with Jolyon Palmer in P20 and Kevin Magnussen in P19. Magnussen will start from the pitlane tomorrow as he failed to stop at the weight bridge in FP3 yesterday.
Jenson Button was out qualified by debut driver Stoffel Vandoorne who replaced Fernando Alonso in the McLaren-Honda following his crash in Australia. It was a great performance by the young Belgian driver who has a great track record around Bahrain, with three out of three Feature Race victories in the GP2 Series.
The main shock in qualifying came from Force India who timed Sergio Perez’s lap time wrong, meaning he was knocked out in Q1. Meanwhile, his teammate Nico Hulkenberg did very well to get himself into Q3 and will start in the top eight.
The star of qualifying was no doubt Pascal Wehrlein who out qualified six cars in Q1 and will start P16. This is the best qualifying session for Manor since the Belgian Grand Prix 2014 with Jules Bianchi.
Red Bull’s Daniil Kvyat was unlucky to be yet again be knocked out of Q1 and was very unlucky. Daniel Ricciardo, on the other hand, managed to qualify in P5 and claimed it felt like a pole position.
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