F1 2013 Bahrain Grand Prix qualifying result: Hamilton ninth as Rosberg claims pole

PUBLISHED: 13:13 20 April 2013 | UPDATED: 15:12 21 April 2013

Lewis Hamilton on track ahead of the 2013 Bahrain Grand Prix [Picture: Daimler, Mercedes-Benz]

Lewis Hamilton on track ahead of the 2013 Bahrain Grand Prix [Picture: Daimler, Mercedes-Benz]

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FORMULA 1 driver Lewis Hamilton will start from the fifth row of the 2013 Bahrain Grand Prix grid after Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg snatched pole position in qualifying today (Saturday).

2103 Bahrain Grand Prix qualifying result

Qualifying result before grid penalties added

1 Nico Rosberg (Mercedes)

2 Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull)

3 Fernando Alonso (Ferrari)

4 Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) *

5 Mark Webber (Red Bull) *

6 Felipe Massa (Ferrari)

7 Paul di Resta (Force India)

8 Adrian Sutil (Force India)

9 Kimi Raikkonen (Lotus)

10 Jenson Button (McLaren)

The 28-year-old Mercedes F1 star from Hertfordshire qualified fourth fastest at the Bahrain International Circuit in Sakhir, but will start ninth after a five-place grid penalty for a gearbox change.

His Mercedes AMG Petronas colleague Rosberg went fastest in Q3 and will line-up on the front row of the grid tomorrow (Sunday) with Sebastian Vettel’s Red Bull alongside him.

The reigning F1 world champion was 0.254s slower than Rosberg. The result gave the team its first consecutive pole positions since the return of Mercedes-Benz as a works outfit in 2010.

Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso was third in the provisional qualifying results and Hamilton fourth quickest in qualifying.

2103 Bahrain Grand Prix grid positions

Qualifying result after grid penalties

1 Nico Rosberg (Mercedes)

2 Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull)

3 Fernando Alonso (Ferrari)

4 Felipe Massa (Ferrari)

5 Paul di Resta (Force India)

6 Adrian Sutil (Force India)

7 Mark Webber (Red Bull) *

8 Kimi Raikkonen (Lotus)

9 Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) *

10 Jenson Button (McLaren)

(* grid penalties)

However, Stevenage-born Lewis was forced to take a five-place grid penalty for a gearbox change following the third practice session this morning.

A piece of debris on the desert circuit caused a left-rear tyre failure which led to suspension and gearbox damage.

He qualified in fourth place in spite of these setbacks and will start tomorrow’s race from ninth position alongside McLaren driver Jenson Button.

“It wasn’t the best of days for me but big congratulations to Nico,” said Hamilton, who claimed pole a week ago in China.

Lewis Hamilton ahead of the 2013 Bahrain Grand Prix [Picture: Daimler, Mercedes-Benz]Lewis Hamilton ahead of the 2013 Bahrain Grand Prix [Picture: Daimler, Mercedes-Benz]

“Back-to-back pole positions for the team is great and Nico did a really good job out there.

“I couldn’t quite find the pace today and with losing five places from changing the gearbox, we’ve got a tough challenge ahead starting from ninth place. These things happen and I’ll do my best tomorrow [Sunday].

“The best chance to gain some positions will come at the start and then we’ll see how it goes. Tyre degradation will be a huge factor so it’s going to be a very interesting race.”

Rosberg went purple in sector one in Q3 and set the early pace on the first runs with a scorching 1m 32.543s.

Bahrain Grand Prix facts

* Race distance: 57 laps (308.238km/191.539 miles)

* Start time: 15:00 (local)/12:00 (GMT)

* Circuit length: 5.412km/3.363 miles

* 2012 winner: Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull Racing RB8) 57 laps in 1hr35m10.990s

* 2012 pole: Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull Racing RB8) 1m32.422s

* Lap record: Michael Schumacher (Ferrari F2004) 1m30.252s

Alonso clocked a 1m 32.667s for second on the provisional grid for Ferrari, with Hamilton recording a lap of 1m 32.762s for third place on the timesheets at that point.

Rosberg improved to a 1m32.330s on his final hot lap, with Vettel climbing to second with a 1m 32.584s, relegating Alonso and Hamilton down the pecking order.

Vettel’s Red Bull colleague Mark Webber was fifth in the final phase of qualifying and Felipe Massa sixth for Ferrari.

However, Hamilton and Webber have both got grid penalties, Lewis for his gearbox change after third practice and the Red Bull driver his three-place drop from last week’s Chinese Grand Prix.

Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton in practice for the 2013 Bahrain Grand Prix [Picture: Daimler, Mercedes-Benz]Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton in practice for the 2013 Bahrain Grand Prix [Picture: Daimler, Mercedes-Benz]

Those penalties mean Massa will start P4, and on the harder of the two tyre compounds.

Rosberg had earlier gone second fastest in Q2 with a time of 1m 32.867s behind Vettel’s Red Bull. Hamilton was seventh on a 1m 33.346s.

Mercedes F1 team principal Ross Brawn was delighted to see one of his drivers claim pole position after a testing time at the track on Friday.

“As a team, we recovered well from two difficult practice sessions yesterday. Neither driver was happy and, together with their engineers, they did a great job to put us in a much stronger position today,” said Brawn.

Nico Rosberg claimed pole position for the 2013 Bahrain Grand Prix [Picture: Daimler, Mercedes-Benz]Nico Rosberg claimed pole position for the 2013 Bahrain Grand Prix [Picture: Daimler, Mercedes-Benz]

“Nico produced a great lap to take pole. I said earlier in the season that I think we have the best driver pairing in Formula One and they are proving it with their performances.

“Lewis had some problems this morning but he coped with them well and recovered strongly to qualify fourth fastest. He will drop five places on the grid tomorrow but we can still expect him to deliver a strong race.

“We know tomorrow’s race could be very different and perhaps today’s slightly cooler conditions favoured us, so let’s see what it brings.”

The 2013 Bahrain Grand Prix starts at 1pm on Sunday UK time.


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