2013 Bahrain Grand Prix grid

2013 Bahrain Grand Prix

Nico Rosberg, Mercedes, Bahrain International Circuit, 2013

Row 1 1. Nico Rosberg 1’32.33
2. Sebastian Vettel 1’32.584
Red Bull
Row 2 3. Fernando Alonso 1’32.667
4. Felipe Massa 1’33.207
Row 3 5. Paul di Resta 1’33.235
Force India
6. Adrian Sutil 1’33.246
Force India
Row 4 7. Mark Webber* 1’33.078
Red Bull
8. Kimi Raikkonen 1’33.327
Row 5 9. Lewis Hamilton** 1’32.762
10. Jenson Button No time
Row 6 11. Romain Grosjean 1’33.762
12. Sergio Perez 1’33.914
Row 7 13. Daniel Ricciardo 1’33.974
Toro Rosso
14. Nico Hulkenberg 1’33.976
Row 8 15. Valtteri Bottas 1’34.105
16. Jean-Eric Vergne 1’34.284
Toro Rosso
Row 9 17. Pastor Maldonado 1’34.425
18. Charles Pic 1’35.283
Row 10 19. Jules Bianchi 1’36.178
20. Giedo van der Garde 1’36.304
Row 11 21. Max Chilton 1’36.476
22. Esteban Gutierrez*** 1’34.73

*Three-place penalty for colliding with Jean-Eric Vergne
**Five-place penalty for gearbox change
***Five-place penalty for colliding with Adrian Sutil

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73 comments on 2013 Bahrain Grand Prix grid

  1. Great lap from Rosberg! Whether he’ll be able to hold it in the race I’m not so sure though, considering how Hamilton fell back initially last week…

    • Adam Kibbey (@kibblesworth) said on 20th April 2013, 13:34

      It’s going to be tough. He’d do well to hold of Vettel on the first corner, but even if he manages to do that he’s going to be totally at the mercy of both Vettel and the Ferrari’s as soon as he gets anywhere near the DRS zone. I hope he proves me wrong!

      • I do see Vettel leading into turn one yea, but honestly with the starting position (annoyingly from my perspective) I think this is Alonso’s race to lose.

        • Iestyn Davies (@fastiesty) said on 20th April 2013, 14:55

          A shame for Raikkonen – 1.5 tenths faster in qually would have him in 4th – and possibly behind the top 3 after the start tomorrow – a position to challenge Alonso for Victory. Now it looks like he’ll be aiming for a podium, unless he can clear Webber (likely at the start!), the Force Indias and Massa on hards – depends on the top speeds. Maybe they’ll try and 1 stop the Lotuses? Grosjean similarly could have been a few places higher up.

        • One question, were alonsos timed lap tyres new or used? Despite that this weekend was always meant to be red bulls.

  2. My one question: where did Rosberg find that lap from!? Fantastic performance!

  3. Broom (@brum55) said on 20th April 2013, 13:11

    Massa starting 4th on hards! Best chance for a win tomorrow in a fast Ferrari I think.

    • Mike (@mike) said on 20th April 2013, 15:20


      If Massa is to win again, surely this is his best shot.

      • Broom (@brum55) said on 20th April 2013, 16:24

        He just needs to make sure he doesn’t over push his tyres. When ever he is behind Alonso he pushes so hard in order to keep with him, he wrecks his tyres and finds himself losing out on the pitstops.

        • brny666 said on 20th April 2013, 19:34

          I agree, if you watch races where he is behind Alonso he tries so hard to stick to him it surely must damage his tyres especially these new pirellis. Hopefully he will keep his position at start and maybe he has a good chance to win.

  4. Cyclops_PL (@cyclops_pl) said on 20th April 2013, 13:11

    Did Massa set his time on hard tire?

  5. Eggry (@eggry) said on 20th April 2013, 13:11

    an Impressive lap from Nico. for sure he would be better competitor than Button in terms of one lap pace. Considering bad degradation of Mercedes, he would be out of contention for the win, still impressive. Alonso is in very good place for the race, either Massa who gained a couple of places due to others’ penalty. I should say Kimi is disappointing. Lotus lost something during friday night? Still he would be in the battle if have good start.

  6. matt88 (@matt88) said on 20th April 2013, 13:11

    good call for Massa on hards, taking advantage of Hamilton’s and Webber’s penalties. let’s see if he’s able to deliver a good performance tomorrow.

  7. Adam86 said on 20th April 2013, 13:12

    5 place penalty for Webber? Should be lower surely?

  8. And1star (@and1star) said on 20th April 2013, 13:12

    Great performance from the Force India’s, starting 5th and 6th. Congrats to Rosberg as well, that was an incredible lap! Gonna be an interesting race with a lot of pitstop strategies and changes, can’t wait!

  9. zippyone (@zippyone) said on 20th April 2013, 13:12

    Shouldn’t Webber start 8th? His penalty was given before Ham’s.

  10. Massa as outside bet for the win? P4, he’s on the harder tyre, and he has always been very good in Bahrain. Great response from Rosberg after Hamilton’s pole last week, I don’t think Lewis will like being out qualified by his teammate by four tenths one bit. Very disappointed with Raikkonen, if he wants to challenge for the title he needs to qualify better consistently. They have a quick race car but he keeps handicapping himself by qualifying further back.

    • clappy (@danielc) said on 20th April 2013, 13:16

      You do know Hamilton has had trouble today? And Lewis did not improve he was only 2tenths away from the first run.

      • Rosberg was faster than Hamilton today. Simple as that.

        • Adam Kibbey (@kibblesworth) said on 20th April 2013, 13:40

          True, but Hamilton’s been out-qualified by his teammates before, but he usually comes on top over the course of a season. He’s already out qualified Nico 3 times this season, and at a new team as well. And he’s comfortably ahead in terms of points. So I don’t think he would be overly concerned…

          • Eggry (@eggry) said on 20th April 2013, 13:45

            Well, Nico suffered from 2 retirements, not to mention a team order. I know it’s new team for Hamilton but I believe he doesn’t care about car’s characteristics as much as others(possibly minimum level in the field), I think Nico should not be ruled out. He already gained Button level reputation from me.

          • Well over the first three races I actually think Rosberg has been the quicker Mercedes driver. He’s been quicker than Lewis in practice and Q1 and Q2 but didn’t get the job done in Q3 for whatever reason, which compromised his race. If he starts getting it right on a Saturday I think Hamilton will have his hands full, although he will probably still beat him over the season.

          • Saul Dula said on 20th April 2013, 14:59

            You are supposed to be quicker when it counts, not in FP2. Hamilton has been quickest when it matters most, Q3 and the race.

          • Quicker in Q3 certainly. But in Malaysia Rosberg was ordered to stay behind, and his car has broken down in the other two races.

          • matt90 (@matt90) said on 20th April 2013, 22:01

            He was running behind in both other races, particularly in China.

    • Joshua Mesh (@joshua-mesh) said on 20th April 2013, 13:26

      I dont think Massa has race pace to take advantage of that tyre.

      • clappy (@danielc) said on 20th April 2013, 14:58

        lol the quickest driver over first 3 races you sure? did you see the Rosberg train on first stint in China, Hamilton was 6 secs ahead in Melbourne before Nico retired. 1 race Nico has been quicker and that was Malaysia.

  11. Roald (@roald) said on 20th April 2013, 13:13

    I’n interested to see what Massa can do starting on the prime tyre! Good qualifying session, but Formula 1 had to make up to the fans after China…

    Perez won’t last. It’s a fact Button’s not the greatest qualifier on earth but Perez doesn’t know how to drive that car anywhere near as well. Was never impressed by Perez, I know the car sucks but Button impresses me while Perez is utterly disappointing.

    • Eggry (@eggry) said on 20th April 2013, 13:17

      @roald Given the fact that Button is not so good at bad car as some champions, not to mention qualifying talent, Perez is really disappointing. He’s at least very young and should show good adaptation with the tyre or the car. but yes, he might be just young and inexperienced version of Button. or even worse.

    • HoHum (@hohum) said on 20th April 2013, 17:03

      I’m beginning to believe “easy on tyres” means “slow”

  12. Chris (@tophercheese21) said on 20th April 2013, 13:14

    Wow. A Mercedes on pole. Really didn’t see that coming.

    Great lap from Nico!

  13. Damien Blackman (@hyakuyagami) said on 20th April 2013, 13:14

    Wow where did that pole come from? Where did Raikkonen’s pace go? (Tears up prediction).

    • aditya (@agara) said on 20th April 2013, 13:17

      same here, i put RAI for the win lol
      but happy for ROS though

      • remengo said on 20th April 2013, 13:58

        Let’s be real… if everything goes normal there is no match for Fernando, merc and rb are harder on tires and Fernando made the fastest lap on Q1 (on hard compound) and in the last free practice on the hard tyre…

    • I had him for second, which is still possible but looking at it now I had Vettel for the win and since Alonso is now likely to win from a supporter’s perspective I don’t want Räikkönen to finish second because that’s what I’m hoping Vettel does (or better)!

  14. Sumedh said on 20th April 2013, 13:17

    Hope Massa gets a good start tomorrow. He (and may be Button) bring a good strategy aspect to the race tomorrow.

  15. Coronis (@coronis) said on 20th April 2013, 13:17

    Merc’s race pace wasn’t that impressive. Massa from 4th on the hards will be a big threat, looking for Raikkonen to come through during the race, he showed excellent long run pace, and he’s further up the grid than last year :P

  16. MB (@muralibhats) said on 20th April 2013, 13:24

    only consolation for RAI is that hamilton starts behind him.

  17. Illusive (@illusive) said on 20th April 2013, 13:26

    I wonder how many stops for Massa.

  18. Manter MBS (@sridharbhanu) said on 20th April 2013, 13:30

    Nice performance by the Force Indias. Hope they wil convert this into a bagful points tomorrow!

  19. Manter MBS (@sridharbhanu) said on 20th April 2013, 13:30

    Nice performance by the Force Indias. Hope they will convert this into a bagful points tomorrow!

  20. hotwheels said on 20th April 2013, 13:32

    When will Lotus realise they’re dicing with trouble by only giving Kimi and Romain one shot at the fast lap? So frustrating!

    • toiago (@toiago) said on 20th April 2013, 18:15

      Good point. I don’t think it’s worth what they gain in terms of less tyre degradation or using another set of tyres.

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