2012 Bahrain Grand Prix grid

2012 Bahrain Grand Prix

Row 1 1. Sebastian Vettel 1’32.422
Red Bull
2. Lewis Hamilton 1’32.52
McLaren
Row 2 3. Mark Webber 1’32.637
Red Bull
4. Jenson Button 1’32.711
McLaren
Row 3 5. Nico Rosberg 1’32.821
Mercedes
6. Daniel Ricciardo 1’32.912
Toro Rosso
Row 4 7. Romain Grosjean 1’33.008
Lotus
8. Sergio Perez 1’33.394
Sauber
Row 5 9. Fernando Alonso No time
Ferrari
10. Paul di Resta No time
Force India
Row 6 11. Kimi Raikkonen 1’33.789
Lotus
12. Kamui Kobayashi 1’33.806
Sauber
Row 7 13. Nico Hulkenberg 1’33.807
Force India
14. Felipe Massa 1’33.912
Ferrari
Row 8 15. Bruno Senna 1’34.017
Williams
16. Heikki Kovalainen 1’36.132
Caterham
Row 9 17. Jean-Eric Vergne No time
Toro Rosso
18. Vitaly Petrov 1’35.823
Caterham
Row 10 19. Charles Pic 1’37.683
Marussia
20. Pedro de la Rosa 1’37.883
HRT
Row 11 21. Pastor Maldonado* No time
Williams
22. Michael Schumacher* 1’34.865
Mercedes
Row 12 23. Timo Glock 1’37.905
Marussia
24. Narain Karthikeyan 1’38.314
HRT

*Five-place grid penalty for gearbox change.

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42 comments on 2012 Bahrain Grand Prix grid

  1. Antranik (@antranik) said on 21st April 2012, 13:06

    I missed half of quali, what happened to MSC?

  2. Osvaldas31 (@osvaldas31) said on 21st April 2012, 13:09

    Amazing lap from Vettel, really, didn’t see that coming. And how Ricciardo managed to be just four tenths slower than “pole” time? Just amazing! Pitty for Schumacher and Raikkonen, because they could be much higher than that.

    • Todfod (@todfod) said on 21st April 2012, 14:04

      Agree. I thought Rosberg’s pole lap was awesome last weekend, but I’m sure Ricciardo’s lap must have been something else! 0.4s off pole in a Toro Rosso that rarely makes Q3.

      Was just thinking of when Jenson last took a pole position. I think it was early 2009.. Monaco maybe? I doubt Jenson remembers how to pull off a flying a lap. He gets hammered by Lewis almost every Saturday.

      • blackmamba said on 21st April 2012, 15:27

        Don’t mention it though, otherwise you might start a riot. Jenson’s fans simply refuse to acknowledge it!

        • bag0 (@bag0) said on 21st April 2012, 15:56

          Im a fan of both of them, and I happily say Lewis is faster in qualy, but not mutch, Jenson is getting closer to Lewis in qualy, at the first 4 races he was only 1-2 tenths away, but this year it could mean 3-4 grid positions (as it should). On sunday thats a different kind of ball-game they, are both quick, but I think Jenson is a bit better on racedays.

  3. Valentino (@valentino) said on 21st April 2012, 13:09

    Why is Force India being boycotted on TV coverage?!

  4. zicasso (@zicasso) said on 21st April 2012, 13:14

    I wasn’t expecting Vettel to take the pole this weekend and Nico to be so far behind. Great qualifying session. Looking at the way Red Bulls started this season there is a good chance Lewis and Jenson could take them at the start. Cannot wait.

    • bag0 (@bag0) said on 21st April 2012, 13:20

      Replay showed that everybody locked the front left, in the double lefthander except Vettel, thats why he was faster.

      About the start I think Jenson could easily jump Webber even with a slow start, not sure about Lewis. I wonder if Lewis would lift off if Vettel closes the door, like in Suzuka (2011).

      • Asif (@) said on 21st April 2012, 13:34

        The replay of Vettel’s qualifying lap was just stunning to watch. However, I honestly don’t want this to become a Saturday feature like last year :)

      • zicasso (@zicasso) said on 21st April 2012, 13:39

        Well, we will see. McLarens tend to be quicker than Red Bulls at the start. I think there is a good chance.
        Fernando will the one to watch tomorrow. His tyres are practically new and I am not sure if they are the option or medium compound (?). He is certainly aiming high and that can only bring some excitement to the race.

        • bag0 (@bag0) said on 21st April 2012, 15:47

          @zicasso Fernando made all of his laps on the option tyres, so he will have 3 brand new medium tomorrow. The problem with his strategy is, he might have brand new mediums, but he has 3 crappy softs, and he will have to use them in the race.

        • Tete said on 21st April 2012, 21:51

          Will see. Red bull tend to be faster than mclaren on the race

  5. sozavele (@formula-1) said on 21st April 2012, 13:14

    Vettel, disappointing I hope he does not run away with it.
    Great Heikki made it through, he deserves it.

  6. kenneth Ntulume said on 21st April 2012, 13:15

    Finger boy! we missed that finger

  7. Pamphlet (@pamphlet) said on 21st April 2012, 13:17

    Surely, this ought to keep the Vettel doomsayers silenced for a bit. Hoping for a race win tomorrow!

    Damn shame for Kimi, Felipe and Michael, but mighty impressed with Ricciardo. .4s slower than pole time in a Toro freaking Rosso when his teammate failed to make it out of Q3.

  8. AndrewTanner (@andrewtanner) said on 21st April 2012, 13:17

    So Vettel only clears pole by .1s? That’s not great by his standard last year, but it’s a tribute to just how close the competition is this year.

    Surprised by this to be honest and surprised Rosberg could only stick it 5th, I would have expected 2nd row at the absolute least.

    Couple of other surprises in the way of Ricciardo and Schumacher. Crazy!

    • Tete said on 21st April 2012, 21:48

      It is great, looking how the red bulls started the season. On the other hand, this is the debacle for mclaren. They not longer have the fastest car. I would say that the redbull and the mclaren are pretty even. Hamilton did not win a race having the best car and now he might not even finished 2nd with webber behind him.

  9. I hope Vettel gets his maiden win of the season, but fantastic qualifying from Ricciardo, big gap between him and Vergne

  10. David-A (@david-a) said on 21st April 2012, 13:20

    Great stuff from Vettel, but very impressed with Ricciardo. I already see more potential in the current STR duo than the last.

  11. Matt (@superf1fan) said on 21st April 2012, 13:21

    Helmut Marko’s judgement is looking a bit skew-whiff. I can’t remember a time Jaime or Buemi qualified consistently badly.

  12. Asif (@) said on 21st April 2012, 13:24

    The grid looks the way it should be with the 2 most talented guys at front.

    Also, great persformance from Ricciardo!

    • Tete said on 21st April 2012, 21:54

      Yeah right, the 2 most talented? The most talented is Alonso. Just wait for the Ferrari b spec. I will see hamilton’s Nd vettel’s fans $’l@ing their pants

  13. Ron Corporon said on 21st April 2012, 13:35

    Hoping for a RBR 1 & 2 finish. Nice to see RBR back to form.

  14. Force Maikel (@force-maikel) said on 21st April 2012, 16:58

    Tyres are going to be important tomorow and MSC has a lot of them! If he gets a blitz start like last years he’s in for quite a ride.

  15. katederby said on 21st April 2012, 17:41

    Great effort from Pic and Kovalainen and of course, Ricciardo.

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