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Bahrain Grand Prix Qualifying – Vettel Shows Red Bull Pace

by F1Fan on March 13, 2010

The first qualifying session of the 2010 Formula One World Championship is over and at last we have an indication of the true pace of this seasons competitors and the answer is Red Bull Racing has the edge, at least in Bahrain.

However, the relative performance between the top four Teams, Red Bull Racing, Ferrari, McLaren and Mercedes GP looks to be very close,

Throughout the three session it was a very close Red Bull Racing and Ferrari swapping the lead but in the final qualifying session Vettel put everything together a set a blistering time that no one could match, in the post qualifying interview a surprised but pleased Vettel commented:

A big surprise. I mean in winter testing no-one really knew where we were. Of course it was clear that there were four teams pretty strong, but close to each other. To be honest yesterday it was a very tough day for us and we had not as much running as we were hoping for. Another long night especially for the mechanics, not a lot of sleep, some tired faces, but everyone was still keen this morning to push. I knew we had a great car but first of all you have to get it together. I have to say practice this morning and qualifying went pretty smoothly. Obviously I am very, very happy to be on pole, so thanks to the team. As I said the boys didn’t get much sleep in the last month with a lot of testing in a short amount of time. To come here first time everyone really shows how strong they are and to be on top is definitely a very, very nice feeling.

Bahrain Grand Prix Grid Position

Grid PositionDriver/TeamGrid PositionDriver/Team
1Vettel/Red Bull Racing2Massa/Ferrari
3Alonso/Ferrari4Hamilton/McLaren
5Rosberg/Mercedes GP6Webber/Red Bull Racing
7Schumacher/Mercedes GP8Button/McLaren
9Kubica/Renault10Sutil/Force India
11Barrichello/Williams12Liuzzi/Force India
13Hulkenberg/Williams14De La Rosa/BMW Sauber F1
15Buemi/Toro Rosso16Kobayashi/BMW Sauber F1
17Petrov/Renault18Alguersuari/Toro Rosso
19Glock/Virgin Racing20Trulli/Lotus Racing
21Kovalainen/Lotus Racing22Di Grassi/Virgin Racing
23Senna/HRT F124Chandhok/HRT F1
March 13th, 2010
2010 F1 Season, Round 1

Not surprisingly the new teams were all eliminated in Q1 along with Alguersuari in the Toro Rosso and new to F1 Vitaly Petrov in the Renault F1. Karun Chandhok finally debuted on track after the all night efforts of the HRT F1 race engineers to get his car finally ready.

Force India must be happy with both of their drivers performance today with Adrian Sutil managing to make it into Q3 and Tonio Liuzzi just on row behind

This year the qualifying format has changed, now Q3 is also held using low fuel, but the teams have to start the race on the same tires that they used for their qualifying lap. With no refueling allowed in the actual Grand Prix the first corner on the first lap should be really interesting as the cars will be some 150 Kilo’s (330 lb) heavier than in qualifying.
That is a huge difference, that will really alter the handling and braking performance.

This will be the first time in many years that Formula One cars will start a race with such a heavy fuel load, quoting Sebastian Vettel from todays press conference:

I think we all don‘t know really what will happen tomorrow.

So don’t forget to tune in and remember to set your clocks forward one hour.

Bahrain Grand Prix Schedule

Circuit:Bahrain International Circuit
SessionPacific TimeMountain TimeCentral TimeEastern Time
Practice
(Friday 03/12)
03:00 am
10:30 pm
04:00 am
11:30 pm
05:00 am
12:30 pm
06:00 am
01:30 pm (3/13)
Qualifying
(Saturday 03/13)
03:00 am
07:30 pm
04:00 am
08:30 pm
05:00 am
09:30 pm
06:00 am
10:30 pm
Race
(Sunday 03/14)
04:30 am
10:30 am
09:30 am (3/15)
05:30 am
11:30 am
10:30 am (3/15)
06:30 am
12:30 pm
11:30 am (3/15)
07:30 am
01:30 pm
12:30 pm (3/15)
All times are for Speed channel (607) broadcast on DirecTV
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