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Summary

  1. Hamilton on pole, Rosberg 2nd, Vettel 3rd, Raikkonen 4th
  2. Kvyat and Button out - Vandoorne ahead of Briton in Q2
  3. Renaults and Perez out in Q1, Wehrlein 16th

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By Gary Rose

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A Mercedes one-two in qualifying once again, nothing new there.

However, Ferrari did show glimpses of being able to challenge closely this weekend before Lewis Hamilton decided to go full Hammertime and blow the competition out of the park

Hamilton, though, didn't have the best of starts in Australia, and that went on to be one of the most thrilling races in recent years.

More of the same on Sunday? Have a read of Andrew Benson's thoughts on qualifying here and join us for build up to the race from 14:30 BST tomorrow.

The way to go?

Another 3-stopper (with enough new supersoft): start on supersoft, then again on laps 12 and 27, soft from lap 42.

Another 3-stopper (with enough new supersoft): start on supersoft, then again on laps 12 and 27, soft from lap 42.

For a two-stopper, best option is: start on supersoft, medium on lap 12, then soft from lap 37. 57 laps in total.

For a two-stopper, best option is: start on supersoft, medium on lap 12, then soft from lap 37. 57 laps in total.

It was acceptable in the 80's

#bbcf1 in the 80's, McLaren dominated. 90's, Williams. 00's, Ferrari. 10's, Mercs. One team always comes out on top. Qualy is pants tho!

Button downbeat

Jenson Button (McLaren) - P14

"Not a great lap. We had a chance of Q3. Whether or not we would have got in I don't know. Hopefully tomorrow we will do better than in qualifying."   

Stoffel Vandoorne qualified 12th to give him a real shot of a points finish in his first-ever Formula 1 race tomorrow. 

He also out qualified former world champion Jenson Button in the process. Not a bad day at all...

VAN: "I didn't really know what to expect but I felt confident. To out-qualify Jenson was a surprise" #BahrainGP

VAN: "I didn't really know what to expect but I felt confident. To out-qualify Jenson was a surprise" #BahrainGP

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#bbcf1 #F1 used to be very simple. Now #quali system, tyres and engines limitation makes it boring and complex for the fans. No fun #ripF1

#bbcf1 it's sad really when qualifying is basically reduced to which Mercedes will get pole this weekend!

Jolyon Palmer finished 11th on his Formula 1 debut in Australia, but he has it all to do tomorrow from 19th on the grid. He's shown no fear when overtaking, though, and there are opportunities around the Sakhir circuit. One to watch.

Not such a good quali. Start P19 tomorrow but we will race hard and try to move forward. #BahrainGP #JP30

Not such a good quali. Start P19 tomorrow but we will race hard and try to move forward. #BahrainGP #JP30

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#bbcf1 new qualifying is so horrible for the fans. Would have been so nice to see the final lap shootout between the top4 #bannewqualifying

Some reaction to the second running of the new qualifying format is starting to drip in and it is fair to say it hasn't gained any new (any at all?) fans...

Toto Wolff's verdict on qualifying: "It was terrible..."

Record breaking

THE RECORD FALLS! We now live in a world where a 1.6-litre hybrid V6 is quicker than a 3.0-litre V10 F1 car. Automotive history #BahrainGP

Now THAT'S a sexy lap

In the words of Justin Timberlake, he's bringing sexy back (to F1).

A second successive pole position for Lewis Hamilton after taking P1 at the season-opener in Australia.

He called the laps he did in qualifying in Melbourne sexy laps, I wonder what he calls that one at the end there today? That was as sexy as they come!

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'We are getting there'

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Sebastian Vettel, P3: "I was very happy with the first attempt. The second attempt was more or less copy and paste, but that’s not enough if they improve by five tenths. There isn’t one place on the track where the car doesn't feel right. Step by step we’re getting there. We know what to do, so we’ll see. It’s a long race and let’s see what happens tomorrow."

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Although @nico_rosberg will be disappointed not to get pole, he may have an advantage by not pushing in Q2, fresher tyres to start #bbcf1

'Lots of chances tomorrow'

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Nico Rosberg, P2: "My lap felt good and I was sure I was on pole. Lewis put in an incredible lap to beat me. This track is where pole counts least I think. There are still a lot of opportunities." 

Putting it together when it mattered

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Lewis Hamilton, pole position: "It’s not been a smooth sailing weekend in terms of pace. I was generally struggling to put laps together and luckily the lap I did put together was the last one. The car felt great. It’s incredible to think we are quicker than the V10 days. It shows how far the technolology has come."  

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Lewis putting together the fastest lap ever at Bahrain goes to show that blaming the new engines for F1's woes is plain wrong. #bbcf1

Well, hopefully now after 2 attempts #f1 “Elimination” qualifying will be exactly that…… eliminated. #EmptyTracksAreNotExciting @bbcf1

Well a bit more drama towards the end there compared to Australia, but still too much empty track time in my opinion.

Plus, it was the brilliance of Lewis Hamilton that provided the late thrills, rather than the system itself.

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RECORD BREAKER 1:29.493 = fastest lap ever at Bahrain #Quali #BahrainGP 🇧🇭

RECORD BREAKER 1:29.493 = fastest lap ever at Bahrain #Quali #BahrainGP 🇧🇭

Mark Gallagher

BBC Radio 5 live Formula 1 analyst

Lewis Hamilton knew he had made a huge error on that first run and this is when the world champion comes into his own. He channels whatever he is feeling into something constructive and he put in the perfect lap.

What makes an exciting session?

Tom Clarkson

BBC Radio 5 live commentator

All you need are two competitive cars. You don't need gimmicks.

Qualifying result

11) Carlos Sainz 12) Vandoorne 13) Gutierrez 14) Button 15) Kvyuat 16)Wehrlein 17) Ericsson 18) Perez 19) Magnussen 20) Palmer 21) Haryanto 22) Nasr

Qualifying top 10

1) Hamilton 2) Rosberg 3) Vettel 4) Raikkonen 5) Ricciardo 6) Bottas 7) Massa 8) Hulkenberg 9) Grosjean 10) Verstappen  

Chequered flag

Lewis Hamilton secures pole position for the Bahrain Grand Prix.

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Twenty seconds left on the clock, all the drivers are out of the cars. The session hasn't officially finished yet.

Wait for it, wait for it...

There's nothing Nico Rosberg, Sebastian Vettel  or Kimi Raikkonen can do about that.

It is going to be Lewis Hamilton from Nico Rosberg, Sebastian Vettel and then Kimi Raikkonen.

Oh, Lewis Hamilton is on a mission! He puts it together beautifully and he clocks 1:29.493, the fastest lap ever in Bahrain!

Daniel Ricciardo has been officially eliminated by the way, not that it matters. He was out of the Red Bull ages ago, content with fifth on the grid.

Lewis Hamilton fastest through sector one. Can he get it right this time? He needs to...

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Nico Hulkenberg is up and out of his car. He is eliminated and will start from eighth the grid.

Felipe Massa, Valtteri Bottas and Daniel Ricciardo are also done for the day, they are saving tyres so that leaves a Mercedes-Ferrari shoot out for pole.

Mark Gallagher

BBC Radio 5 live Formula 1 analyst

Ferrari have really taken the fight to Mercedes here. Lewis Hamilton cracked under the pressure.

After the first runs it is:

1) Rosberg 2) Vettel 3) Raikkonen 4) Hamilton 5) Ricciardo 6) Bottas 7) Massa 8) Hulkenberg

Kimi Raikkonen is first across the line and is quickest with 1:30.244.

Here comes Sebastian Vettel, he is quicker and clocks a 1:30.065 but now Lewis Hamilton is approaching the final corner...he runs WIDE...that messes up his lap and he is only third quickest.

Now it is Nico Rosberg, and he is fastest! A 1:29.897.

First blood to Nico...

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F1 commentary a lot more interesting and exciting than the qualifying #sackF1 #bbcf1

So, will we be seeing something similar to Australia? When we had no drivers on the track for the final couple of minutes? 

The final eight are on the track for the top eight shoot-out...

Final qualifying starts

  • Lasts for 14 minutes – top eight on track. 
  • After five minutes, slowest driver eliminated 
  • Then, slowest driver eliminated every 90 seconds until the chequered flag. Two drivers competing for pole in the final 90 seconds.
#Q2 is complete and both cars have made it through to #Q3. Bring it on! #BahrainGP #quali #WeAreRacing

#Q2 is complete and both cars have made it through to #Q3. Bring it on! #BahrainGP #quali #WeAreRacing

"It's a good feeling"

Stoffel Vandoorne (McLaren) - P12

"It feels good. This morning i had similar pace to Jenson and I knew if improved a little bit I would beat him, It's a good feeling. FP3 was a little bit compromised but we more or less maximised everytihing this afternoon. If we gained one or two tenths we might have been in Q3."