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Summary

  1. Bottas on pole for first time, Hamilton 2nd, Vettel 3rd
  2. Hamilton top in Q1 and Q2, Grosjean and Palmer through to Q3
  3. Alonso must change engine for race
  4. Get involved #bbcf1

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By Gary Rose

All times stated are UK

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Australian Grand Prix: Sebastian Vettel

Chinese Grand Prix: Lewis Hamilton

Bahrain Grand Prix: Valtteri Bottas?

Three races, three different winners. It could happen, and what a start to the season that would be.

Bottas' maiden pole sets things up for a thrilling race tomorrow so join us for build up from 14:30 BST.

See you then!

Max Verstappen qualified sixth, nine tenths down on the pole-clinching time.

He's confident Red Bull will be more competitive tomorrow. 

"We will be closer [to Ferrari and Mercedes]," he said. "Our car seems to be working much better on this track."

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I doubt many people predicted that top three today, but it's now time to predict the top 10 for the race. 

Head here to make your predictions.

Well played, Pascal

Pascal Wehrlein's performance is worth a mention. First qualifying session of the season today and he goes and puts the Sauber 13th on the grid, outqualifying his team-mate Marcus Ericsson.

Autograph, anyone? 😀 Someone is on 🔥🔥🔥 today! @PWehrlein #F1 #BahrainGP

Autograph, anyone? 😀 Someone is on 🔥🔥🔥 today! @PWehrlein #F1 #BahrainGP

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Phil Slocombe: Great work from both Merc drivers; this looks much better pairing than before. Well done Valteri but now for the race?  

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Finn a long time coming

Valtteri Bottas is the first Finn to take pole position since Heikki Kovalainen at the 2008 British Grand Prix. 

Interestingly, Kovalainen's pole position came one race after fellow Finn Kimi Raikkonen took pole for the French Grand Prix. 

Two in a row then nothing for eight years.

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'Hopefully we can do more tomorrow'

Sebastian Vettel, who qualified third: "Overall I am happy with qualifying third and with how the car felt. We had some issues yesterday but we've tweaked the balance today and it felt much better.

"I was happy with my first lap, looked up and saw they were both ahead and so was a bit annoyed. Then, maybe I tried a little too hard but had nothing to lose. Unfortunately it didn't work.

"Hopefully we can do more tomorrow."

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'Hopefully the first of many'

Valtteri Bottas, who secured pole position: "Obviously I am really happy. It's my first pole in ,my career in my fifth season in F1 so it took a few years but hopefully it's the first of many for me. 

"It's credit to the team as we are both starting in the front row. The team did a really good job to focus on the evening conditions and its going to help us tomorrow

"It's not an easy track to get right, it's quite technical with a few different braking points. It's easy to lock up or miss apex slightly but hopefully if I can concentrate it will be alright tomorrow. 

"You can only enjoy this for a short period of time. There's no point in dreaming. We will plan a good strategy but good place to start. Hopefully we can get that 1, 2." 

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Lewis Hamilton, who qualified second: "Big congratulations to Valtteri. He has been working so hard and today he was just quicker, he did the better job and hats off to him.

"I was losing quite a bit of time through the first sectors, it was my weker point but I will work on that tomorrow.

"Overall a little down but a great battle and that is how close qualifying should always be. It forces us to be on the limit."

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Jeremiah Kariuki: Bottas taking the pole makes Hamilton realize he has competition within! That will bring the best out of him, tomorrow!   

Dedipya:@ValtteriBottas letting @LewisHamilton know that he can race with the best of them!! So happy for Bottas  

Lewis Hamilton congratulates Valtteri Bottas with a handshake and a smile as they come out of the weighing in room. Hamilton looks genuinely pleased for his team-mate.

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A career first for Valtteri Bottas with that pole position.

There's no whoops and shouting in the cockpit from the Finn. Instead, a rather calm: "Really happy, thanks guys."

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Mark Gallagher

BBC Radio 5 live Formula 1 analyst

The Vettel verses Hamilton battle into turn one tomorrow will be one to watch for sure!

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Qualifying - the rest

11) Kvyat 12) Stroll 13) Wehrlein 14) Ocon 15) Alonso 16) Sainz 17) Vandoorne 18) Perez 19) Ericsson 20) Margnussen

Qualifying top 10

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

Mark Gallagher

BBC Radio 5 live Formula 1 analyst

That's an extraordinary performance from Valtteri Bottas! A terrific performance! Hamilton had to take a couple of goes at the last corner and lost two tenths of a second.  

Lewis Hamilton made an error towards the end of his lap and couldn't make up the time. 

Meanwhile, Ferrari are way off the pace as Sebastian Vettel takes P3, 0.478s down on the Mercedes.

Chequered flag

VALTTERI BOTTAS SECURES POLE POSITION FOR THE BAHRAIN GRAND PRIX.

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Lewis Hamilton can't beat Valtteri Bottas' time! He does a 1:28.792, 0.023s slower than Bottas.

Stunning by Bottas, he's on pole!

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Valtteri Bottas does a 1:28.769 and is now into provisional pole position...

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Valtteri Bottas is quicker than Lewis Hamilton through the first sector...

Romain Grosjean does his first Q3 lap, a 1:30.763 putting him eighth for now.

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The two Red Bulls are first out for their one final shot at improving their times. 

Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas are not far behind.

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Tom Clarkson

BBC Radio 5 live commentator

The track temperature is 30 degrees now - that's the coolest it's been the whole weekend. 

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Kristine Kirby: If provisional pole holds, my predictions on #bbcf1 will have been right....  

Sebastian Vettel does a 1:29.247 to go third, that's 0.455 seconds off the pace! Mercedes are looking like being in a league of their own. 

Kimi Raikkonen goes P4 with a 1:29.684 with Max Verstappen fifth, Daniel Ricciardo sixth and Felipe Massa seventh.

No times yet from Romain Grosjean, Nico Hulkenberg or Jolyon Palmer.

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... it's a 1:28.844 for Bottas, the fastest lap ever here! 

Well, until Lewis Hamilton completes his lap. He does a 1:28.792 to move into provisional pole...

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Daniel Ricciardo sets the pace with a 1:30.007 but that's already been well beaten today so he will be tumbling down the order.

Here comes Valtteri Bottas...

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Tom Clarkson has just asked Fernando Alonso, (who unfortunately had a power unit failure in Q2), what animal he is going to be in the car tomorrow.  

"Errm it has to be an animal from here so maybe a quick camel!"....

Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen are the first two to head back onto the track. Their rivals are not far behind, though.

Mark Gallagher

BBC Radio 5 live Formula 1 analyst

We have a battle royal between the silver arrows and the prancing horses! 

Ferrari have really stepped up their game here. I have to say though, Lewis Hamilton has such an edge.

Final qualifying starts

So will Lewis Hamilton secure a seventh successive pole position? There was just 0.061s between the top three at the end of Q2. So tight.

The shootout for the top 10 is under way.

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IN

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

OUT

11) Kvyat 12) Stroll 13) Wehrlein 14) Ocon 15) Alonso

Second part of qualifying ends

Lewis Hamilton finishes fastest in the second part of qualifying for the Bahrain Grand Prix.

Wow!

Jolyon Palmer does a 1:30.899 to go 10th while Nico Hulkenberg leaps up to fifth with his lap - a 1:30.169.

That's both Renaults into the top 10 shootout, the first that has happened since Belgium 2015.

... Lance Stroll is up to 10th... but it is not enough as Romain Grosjean immediately pushes him down to 11th as the Haas does 1:30.857 to go eighth.

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