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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

Live Reporting

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!

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    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."

    Max Verstappen
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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.

  4. 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.

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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?  

    Bahrain GP
  6. 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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  7. '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."

    Bahrain GP
  8. '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." 

    Bahrain GP
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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."

    Bahrain GP
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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  

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    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.

    Bahrain GP
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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."

    Bahrain GP
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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!

    Bahrain GP
  15. Qualifying - the rest

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

  16. Qualifying top 10

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

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    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.  

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    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.

  19. Chequered flag

    VALTTERI BOTTAS SECURES POLE POSITION FOR THE BAHRAIN GRAND PRIX.

    Bahrain GP
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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!

    Lewis Hamilton