Jarno Trulli clinched Pole position for the Bahrain Grand Prix at Sakhir in a truly wonderful Qualifying Session which saw the Toyota team consistently posting fast times. The evening was made all the more better for the team as Timo Glock took P2 – for the first-ever all-Toyota starting grid. Sebastian Vettel continued his good run for the Red Bull team as he finished 3rd fastest. The Brawn cars could only manage 4th and 6th places, with the McLaren of Lewis Hamilton splitting them in 5th. Fernando Alonso, Felipe Massa, Nico Rosberg and Kimi Raikkonen complete the top 10.
The Qualifying Session was held in searing heat, with track temperatures reaching upto 40 Degrees Celsius. The Ferraris were the early pace-setters in Q1, Kimi Raikkonen setting the fastest time before Massa surpassed it and then McLaren showed they had good pace as Lewis Hamilton went fastest with Kovalainen P2. The Toyotas pulled out aces up their sleeves as Glock went fastest and Trulli surpassed it just behind. Brawn GP and Red Bull were fancied to be fastest but they could only break into the top ten late on, as Vettel went fastest but teammate Mark Webber had a disastrous session and could only manage 14th fastest. The drivers to drop out of Q1 were Adrian Sutil, Sebastien Buemi, Giancarlo Fisichella, Mark Webber & Sebastien Bourdais.
Q2 – the fastest session – saw Raikkonen go fastest initially but Vettel surpassed it easily and was tops for the rest of the session. Last minute splash n’ dashes saw Trulli and Glock come close to the fastest time but settled for 2nd and 3rd fastest. The ones to drop down from Q2 were Kovalainen, Nakajima, Kubica, Heidfeld and Piquet.
Q3 saw the first hot time being set after four minutes had already elapsed, all the drivers clearly choosing to get out as late as possible. Trulli, from Glock were the early fastest lappers and as the clock ticked down all the drivers had a last ‘go’ at the track. First Jenson Button scored the fastest time but then Timo Glock surpassed it. Teammate Jarno Trulli was a few metres behind him and was going even faster, and he kept it all together to post the fastest time of 1:33.431s and clinch Pole Position.
With the temperatures expected to be high even tomorrow for the race, it all boils down to which team can manage their tyres the best. The Toyotas have been consistently quick and so has been the Red Bull, so expect an exciting start to tomorrow’s race. Unless the mid-pack runners imrpovise with their strategies and pit-stops, we can expect the three front-runners to vroom away into the distance at the desert track. Bring.It.On!
P.S: Sadly, I won’t be able to catch the action as I’ve to be back at work! Yes, on a Sunday! 😦