Lewis Hamilton grabbed his first pole in the desert and 42nd pole of his F1 career, said: “I’m buzzing and driving better than ever.”
Last year the Brit out-qualified 11-7 by Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg, the reigning champion has moved up a gear this term.
“I feel great, very happy,” Hamilton said.
“I don’t have the best record here compared with other circuits, but I’ll be giving it my all to add to my only win here.”
“Sebastian Vettel is always going to make it tough but the momentum is with me. And my target is to repeat last season’s win here and firm up my championship chances. It’s shaping up to be one heck of a race.”
“I’m really grateful to have this beast under me, to be able to really attack the corners, whereas last year I wasn’t comfortable with the car, so it’s a great feeling.”
Sebastian Vettel – double time winner in Bahrain – said: “First of all I am very happy with second place.
“It was a tough session and I didn’t find the rhythm I had in practice at the beginning but felt more comfortable near the end. Hopefully we will have a good race.”
“Mercedes know they have a fight on their hands – and we are improving with every race.”