|Nico Rosberg (Mercedes AMG F1 photo)|
Team Axis was at the track yesterday so please excuse the lack of updates on Bahrain Quali.
Mercedes. Big deal for Rosberg because most of the (British) media had already assigned the championship to Hamilton. The only reason Nico was ahead of Lewis, was the narration, was because of the retirement in Australia. Not so here, Nico forced Hamilton into a mistake and beat him by a large margin.
Red Bull. After those odious comments by Helmut Marko directed at Mark Webber, Ricciardo's P3 must feel like a giant Australian FU towards the Austrians. But it always works out for Vettel somehow as Ricciardo has that 10 grid spot penalty carried over from Malaysia.
Vettel did not make Q3 but will start 10th.
|Kimi Raikkonen (Scuderia Ferrari)|
Williams, Bottas was faster then Massa
Lots of complaining about the formula and how F1 is terrible. Big mistake by the series: at this point they should be promoting what they have done, not undermining their own product for political reasons.
There is not much credibility when complaints come from Red Bull, Renault and Ferrari, teams that are off the pace.
OK, Ferrari was never much for the new engine formula but Red Bull and Renault wanted their "eco-turbos".
As they say in Italy "You wanted a bicycle? Now pedal"
Pos Driver Team Time Gap 1. Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m33.185s 2. Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m33.464s +0.279s 3. Daniel Ricciardo*** Red Bull-Renault 1m34.051s +0.866s 4. Valtteri Bottas Williams-Mercedes 1m34.247s +1.062s 5. Sergio Perez Force India-Mercedes 1m34.346s +1.161s 6. Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m34.368s +1.183s 7. Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1m34.387s +1.202s 8. Felipe Massa Williams-Mercedes 1m34.511s +1.326s 9. Kevin Magnussen McLaren-Mercedes 1m34.712s +1.527s 10. Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1m34.992s +1.807s Q2 cut-off time: 1m34.925s Gap ** 11. Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1m34.985s +1.277s 12. Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1m35.116s +1.408s 13. Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso-Renault 1m35.145s +1.437s 14. Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Renault 1m35.286s +1.578s 15. Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari 1m35.891s +2.183s 16. Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1m35.908s +2.200s Q1 cut-off time: 1m36.654s Gap * 17. Pastor Maldonado Lotus-Renault 1m36.663s +1.789s 18. Adrian Sutil Sauber-Ferrari 1m36.840s +1.966s 19. Kamui Kobayashi Caterham-Renault 1m37.085s +2.211s 20. Jules Bianchi Marussia-Ferrari 1m37.310s +2.436s 21. Marcus Ericsson Caterham-Renault 1m37.875s +3.001s 22. Max Chilton Marussia-Ferrari 1m37.913s +3.039s
* Gap to quickest in Q1
** Gap to quickest in Q2 *** Has to serve 10-place grid penalty