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After dominating the weekend in free practice, Lewis Hamilton couldn’t convert his blistering pace to a pole position run in Saturday’s qualifying session or the Bahrain Grand Prix. If there is solace, it is that his teammate did and his Mercedes looks comprehensively more competitive than the rest of the field. Lewis has his eyes on the race on Sunday:

“My first lap was okay, it wasn’t too bad, and then the second I just locked up into Turn One and didn’t have another chance,” Hamilton told Sky Sports F1.

“Nico did a great job and happy for the team that we get the front-row and I’ll try to do better tomorrow.”

As for Nico Rosberg, he’s in the best possible position to extend his driver’s championship lead tomorrow and should he get a decent start, it will be difficult for anyone but his teammate to catch him.

1.  Nico Rosberg (Germany)       Mercedes                 
2.  Lewis Hamilton (Britain)     Mercedes                 
3.  Valtteri Bottas (Finland)    Williams-Mercedes        
4.  Sergio Perez (Mexico)        Force India - Mercedes   
5.  Kimi Raikkonen (Finland)     Ferrari                  
6.  Jenson Button (Britain)      McLaren                  
7.  Felipe Massa (Brazil)        Williams-Mercedes        
8.  Kevin Magnussen (Denmark)    McLaren                  
9.  Fernando Alonso (Spain)      Ferrari                  
10. Sebastian Vettel (Germany)   RedBull - Renault        
11. Nico Huelkenberg (Germany)   Force India - Mercedes   
12. Daniil Kvyat (Russia)        Toro Rosso - Renault     
13. Daniel Ricciardo (Australia) RedBull - Renault        
14. Jean-Eric Vergne (France)    Toro Rosso - Renault     
15. Esteban Gutierrez (Mexico)   Sauber - Ferrari         
16. Romain Grosjean (France)     Lotus - Renault          
17. Pastor Maldonado (Venezuela) Lotus - Renault          
18. Adrian Sutil (Germany)       Sauber - Ferrari         
19. Kamui Kobayashi (Japan)      Caterham - Renault       
20. Jules Bianchi (France)       Marussia - Ferrari       
21. Marcus Ericsson (Sweden)     Caterham - Renault       
22. Max Chilton (Britain)        Marussia - Ferrari
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  • jeff

    Pretty big time spread between various teammates, w/ many of the “#2” drivers beating their vaunted teammates. Other observations:

    -Anonymity not being entirely his fault, Perez showing up was nonetheless a surprise.
    -Sutil really is having a tough time w/ the Sauber.
    -Ferrari’s braking and rear stability looks poor.
    -Great front end on the Mercedes
    -No car looks better than the RBR on track. If only the Renault PU was as competitive as Mercedes
    -My goodness, the Lotus looks horrible. Rampant understeer, mid corner snap-oversteer. Poor Grojean.
    -When did Bahrain dig out so many undulations? Track looks better than I remember. Cars look great lit.
    -Beating the dying horse, I guess I’m getting used to the noise, as the Mercedes sounds REALLY great, and the volume “seemed” to get louder. The Ferrari’s still “meh,” and the Renaults I really dislike.

    Overall, more entertaining than I feared Bahrain would be; here’s to a fight between the 2 Merc’s tomorrow and a tight race for P.’s 3-10.

  • jiji the cat

    must admit that the track looks good at night and you can actually see the undulations as jeff has pointed out. If both Mercs finish, the race will be a procession up front. i wonder where all those “snore fest, Vettel, Red Bull procession” disdainers of last year have gone? Why aren’t they harping about the Merc Machine?

    Anyway, race looks promising from Merc down, Smiley did another great job for Red Bull outqualifying Vettel again. Pity about the penalty.

    I think we are in for a good battle between the Williams, ferrari’s, Force India’s, and McLarens.

    I wonder if this will be the first true battle we see between the Merc team mates? one can only hope.

  • Tom

    So far, Mercedes relative advantage over anybody else seems to be greater than anything Red Bull ever had. I’m sure that can easily change as the year goes on and the various teams get accustomed to the new formula. It’s still surprising how right Mercedes got it and how far back a team like McLaren still is.

    A lot has been said about the Mercedes engine, I mean Power Unit, but that alone can’t be it. That doesn’t explain the difference between the Mercedes works team and all other Mercedes customers and it doesn’t explain that Red Bull is the #2 car (maybe depending on the circuit sometimes somewhat lower), that Ferrari is in there with the rest of the Mercedes pack and that Toro Rosso is also doing surprisingly well. I mean yeah, from ll indications we have, the Mercedes lump is really great, but that car must have something else…maybe all those chefs in the kitchen did pay off after all?

    • jiji the cat

      yes, they got the all important chasis and aero right as well. notice how they don’t have that elephant seal type nose proboscis that many of the other teams have. They are obviously funnling the air through the front in avery different way to the others.