But heading into Qualifying, it would seem that Mercedes are looking like the team to beat heading into the session that look set to gain Pole Position ahead of the race on Sunday. But Ferrari, Toro Rosso or Red Bull may spring a surprise and throw a spanner into the works based on their early pace and promise within the Practice sessions.
Let the battle for Pole Position begin…
In Q1, Nico Rosberg tops the timesheets with a time of 1.31.325, Lewis Hamilton was second, Daniel Ricciardo was third, Sebastian Vettel was fourth and Valtteri Bottas was fifth. Kimi Raikkonen, Carlos Sainz Jr, Max Verstappen, Jenson Button and Nico Hulkenberg managed to get 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th and 10th places for their teams. At the end of Q1, we lose Pascal Wehrlein, Marcus Ericsson, Sergio Perez, Kevin Magnussen, Jolyon Palmer, Rio Haryanto and Felipe Nasr.
In Q2, Hamilton tops the timesheets with a time of 1.30.039, Vettel was second, Rosberg was third, Raikkonen was fourth and Bottas was fifth. Ricciardo, Massa and Hulkenberg, managed to get 6th, 7th and 8th places for their teams. At the end of Q2, we lose Romain Grosjean, Max Verstappen, Carlos Sainz Jr, Stoffel Vandoorne, Esteban Gutierrez, Jenson Button and Daniil Kvyat.
The battle for Pole Position is on…
At the end of Q3, Hamilton claims his 51st Pole Position of his career ahead of the Bahrain GP with a lap time of 1.29.493 ahead of his team mate Rosberg in second place who finished 0.077 seconds behind him but ahead of Vettel who was 0.519 seconds behind Hamilton.
Raikkonen finished in fourth place ahead of Ricciardo in fifth place, Bottas in sixth place, Massa in seventh place and Hulkenberg in seventh place.
It would seem that Mercedes genuinely has the pace to challenge for the race win again this weekend despite their form in Qualifying. Both of the Mercedes drivers seem to have the cars underneath them to do this and have been consistent and fast throughout every session so far this weekend.
You cannot discount Raikkonen, Bottas or Ricciardo even to be challenging also for the race win and could also be the dark horses to take the win away from Mercedes (and also Ferrari in Mercedes’ case) that could see gaining some points on their rivals to kick start their Constructors Championship.
Hulkenberg, Grosjean, Verstappen and Sainz Jr could also have a decent race tomorrow and pick up some much needed points for their respective teams. Will it rain tomorrow? I do not know. Who will win the Grand Prix on Sunday? I really don’t know.
Let’s see what happens tomorrow on the Sakhir circuit on race day on Sunday…