Bahrain GP

Hamilton takes pole with Bahrain GP lap record

F1 2016 Bahrain GP_Lewis Hamilton on pole

F1 2016 Bahrain GP_Lewis Hamilton on pole

Defending world champion Lewis Hamilton took pole position for the Bahrain Grand Prix with breaking lap record to edge out his team-mate Nico Rosberg.

The Brit clocked 1:29.493, seven hundredths of a second faster than championship leader Rosberg.

Ferrari booked second row of the grid, but both Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen were half a second slower than the Mercedes.

Q1 session ends without any cars on track for final three minutes; Q2 also effectively ends five minutes early; Vandoorne out-qualifies Button at McLaren

Top eight: Hamilton, Rosberg, Vettel, Raikkonen, Ricciardo, Bottas, Massa, Hulkenberg, Grosjean, Vertsappen, Sainz… Full Qualifying Results – Bahrain Grand Prix

The knockout qualifying format again produced a dearth of on-track action. The format will be reviewed on Sunday in a meeting between the FIA – the sport’s governing body – commercial chief Bernie Ecclestone, team principals and tire supplier Pirelli. Any change to rules during a season requires unanimous agreement between teams… more to follow

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