Fernando Alonso

Bahrain GP – Alonso and Massa on the second row

Manama, 20 April –At the end of yet another very closely contested qualifying, Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa set the third and sixth fastest times. However, they will start alongside one another on the second row tomorrow, as Felipe gets promoted to fourth because of penalties for the two drivers directly ahead of him, Mark Webber and Lewis Hamilton. It was yet another boiling hot afternoon at the Sakhir circuit, as the ten drivers took to the track for Q3. The Spanish Ferrari man made a slight mistake, giving up on his final run, thus saving tyres for the race.

Felipe’s sixth place was better than it looked given that he was on the harder of the two Pirelli compounds, which could be to his advantage tomorrow, as all the other drivers that got to Q3 will be starting the race on the Medium tyre.

Alonso was fastest in Q1, with Massa a comfortable seventh, with both cars behaving very well on the Hards. In Q2, everyone switched to Mediums, with Alonso doing just a single run to take a solid fifth place. Massa was eighth having done two runs.

In the end, pole position went to Nico Rosberg in the Mercedes in a time of 1.33.364

Pos No Piloto Equipo Q1 Q2 Q3 Laps
1 9 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:33.364 1:32.867 1:32.330 14
2 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Racing-Renault 1:33.327 1:32.746 1:32.584 12
3 3 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1:32.878 1:33.316 1:32.667 11
4 10 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:33.498 1:33.346 1:32.762 13
5 2 Mark Webber Red Bull Racing-Renault 1:33.966 1:33.098 1:33.078 13
6 4 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1:33.780 1:33.358 1:33.207 13
7 14 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1:33.762 1:33.335 1:33.235 14
8 15 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1:34.048 1:33.378 1:33.246 16
9 7 Kimi Räikkönen Lotus-Renault 1:33.827 1:33.146 1:33.327 13
10 5 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1:34.071 1:33.702 11
11 8 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1:33.498 1:33.762 7
12 6 Sergio Perez McLaren-Mercedes 1:34.310 1:33.914 9
13 19 Daniel Ricciardo STR-Ferrari 1:34.120 1:33.974 14
14 11 Nico Hulkenberg Sauber-Ferrari 1:34.409 1:33.976 14
15 17 Valtteri Bottas Williams-Renault 1:34.425 1:34.105 13
16 18 Jean-Eric Vergne STR-Ferrari 1:34.314 1:34.284 13
17 16 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 1:34.425 6
18 12 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari 1:34.730 9
19 20 Charles Pic Caterham-Renault 1:35.283 6
20 22 Jules Bianchi Marussia-Cosworth 1:36.178 6
21 21 Giedo van der Garde Caterham-Renault 1:36.304 7
22 23 Max Chilton Marussia-Cosworth 1:36.476 6

 

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