2018 Formula 1 Bahrain Grand Prix Qualifying – LIVE
Circuit: Bahrain International Circuit
Following Free Practice 3 which saw Kimi Raikkonen topping the timesheets and an issue for Vettel (with Ferrari working on his car) we’re now getting ready for the Bahrain Grand Prix Qualifying session.
Mechanics are still working on Sebastian Vettel’s car following issues in Free Practice 3.
QUALIFYING LIVE – 2018 Formula 1 Bahrain Grand Prix Qualifying
Drivers are now getting in the cars, getting ready for the qualifying session ahead – temperatures are starting to drop.
QUALIFYING 1 – 2018 Formula 1 Bahrain Grand Prix Qualifying
Drivers are now making their way onto the track – Sergey Sirotkin and the Sauber boys, (Ericsson and Leclerc) are on their out lap followed by Brendon Hartley.
Hartley suffering with front-wing damage.
All the cars are now on the track.
With 10 minutes to go, Kimi Raikkonen is at the top of the timesheets with his team-mate, Sebastian Vettel in second place – the Ferrari’s have looked good all weekend but there’s still a way to go.
Drivers are now making their way into the pits – Raikkonen and Vettel are at the top of the timesheet.
OH – Verstappen spins and hits the barrier – RED FLAG, the session has been stopped!
The session will be restarting in a few minutes time – the area of the incident is just being cleared up.
Alonso not happy over the team radio either – tempers are high a the moment.
The Renault drivers are now out on track – other drivers are having a quick chat with team members.
Team to Alonso: “Let’s drive the out-lap exactly how we practiced.”
With under 2 minutes to go – Lewis Hamilton now gets back in his car.
Q1 – Knock-Out Zone – Bahrain Grand Prix Qualifying
Grosjean is out of Q1 which is a surprise for the Haas team as they’ve been confident throughout the weekend.
Grosjean: “Sorry, sorry.”
QUALIFYING 2 – 2018 Formula 1 Bahrain Grand Prix Qualifying
Mercedes sharing an image on their Twitter profile – Valtteri Bottas’ side of the garage.
Drivers are now in their cars and waiting for Q2 to begin.
Qualifying 2 BEGINS!
None of the drivers have made their way onto the track yet.
Valtteri Bottas is the first out of the two Mercedes to make his way onto the track for Qualifying. Ferrari are the first team out on track followed by Renault, Toro Rosso and McLaren.
The times have switched between the two Ferrari drivers – Vettel the fastest out of the two. Bottas in 3rd.
Lewis Hamilton now goes second fastest – splitting the two Ferrari’s. Vettel, Hamilton, Raikkonen – for now.
Alonso now comes into the pits.
5 Minutes to go and drivers are now back in the pits and getting ready to come back out onto the track.
The Renault of Nico Hulkenberg is the first car out on track following a little stop in the pits.
The two McLaren’s now make their way onto the track followed by Force India too.
With 32 seconds to go until Q2 ends – it’s still Vettel, Hamilton and Raikkonen who top the time-sheets.
Q2 – Knock Out Zone – Bahrain Grand Prix Qualifying
A surprise result for Pierre Gasly who’s through to Q3!
Eric Boullier:“It’s not the pace we had this morning so it’s a bit of a surprise and we need to do a big investigation to see why. I don’t know – we need to find out what is going on.”
QUALIFYING 3 – 2018 Formula 1 Bahrain Grand Prix Qualifying
Ferrari sharing an image on their Twitter profile – onto Q3 as the lights go green.
Carlos Sainz makes his way out onto the track. A huge cloud of smoke emerges from the Ferrari garage.
Sainz now topping the time sheets – the other teams haven’t started their lap times just yet.
Raikkonen now sets the fastest lap time – moving his team-mate into P2. Raikkonen has looked comfortable throughout the weekend.
Drivers are now back in the pits and getting ready for the final run in Q3.
Raikkonen and Vettel are at the top of the time-sheets, Lewis Hamilton currently in 3rd with Bottas in P4.
The Renault’s are the first cars out on track.
30 seconds to go and Raikkonen is still at the top of the times!
Vettel is on pole for the Bahrain Grand Prix
It’s Vettel, Raikkonen, Bottas, Hamilton*, Ricciardo and Gasly who make up the top 6 drivers. Gasly delivers a great result for the Toro Rosso team.
Brief Reaction From Drivers – Bahrain Grand Prix 2018
Sebastian Vettel: “Yeah it was quite intense. I’m really happy that I got the second run through, the car was excellent all weekend so far, so yeah.”
“When the car responds to what you want to do – it’s the best, when it doesn’t – it’s a fight. We have proved things yesterday and today so I’m very pleased.”
Kimi Raikkonen: “For sure it’s not ideal – but there’s nothing I can do. We will see tomorrow which is the main thing. Tomorrow is the time we get the points or we don’t get the points.”
Valtteri Bottas: “I think the car felt OK towards the end and when you need to put everything all together – we more or less got it. We can’t be happy with this so we will look forward to tomorrow. I think it will be a close race – especially with Lewis and the Red Bulls.”
Sebastian Vettel: “I feel good now, tomorrow is a different story. The car is quick but we need to see how we will make the tyres last here and we are looking forward to tomorrow.”
Daniel Ricciardo will be starting the race in P4 following the penalty for Hamilton so a great result for the Red Bull driver too. Bottas is in the mix and this will play a part in Hamilton’s race too so it looks like we have a great race on our hands tomorrow.
Daniel Ricciardo: “This was closer than expected but it’s frustrating to be at the other end of the battle. I don’t think I could have gotten further up the grid because I think Lewis had a few seconds on me. I’m always excited for the race – Sunday is my favourite day of the week.”
Max Verstappen: “I studied the data before I came to the interviews and there was a problem with the power – one moment there was power, then it goes off a little and then I had 150 extra horsepower so I went off and didn’t anticipate it.”
“The race tomorrow should be good – I can make my way through up to around P5 I think.”
There’s lots more on the way so make sure you check back for all the latest!