F1 rookie Rio Haryanto managed only 21st place on the starting grid for Bahrain Grand Prix, and he will line up for his second Grand Prix in 20th place due to a pre-grid penalty for Renault’s Kevin Magnussen.
Manor team-mate Pascal Wehrlein made 16th fastest, the German banked an impressive early lap on the Super-Soft to earn a second run, his time just a couple of tenths shy of a place in Q2.
“After a really good FP3 this morning I’m quite disappointed with my qualifying session. I only had time for one shot at it again and I didn’t get enough out of my push lap.” Haryanto said
“Clearly there is more to come from the car and from me so we’ll have to see what happens with this format and work to optimise whatever solution we have in China. It’s a harder job for tomorrow now but I’m still looking forward to it as I was much happier with our race pace yesterday.”
Dave Ryan, Racing Director:
“A truly fantastic performance from Pascal today. We’ve made a pretty good step here but he definitely had the bit between his teeth after FP3 and knew a good result was within his grasp. We spent a lot of time looking at what we needed to do here after the disappointment of Melbourne and it’s good to see that translating into real progress.”
“We were just a couple of tenths away from Q2 as well, so although there’s plenty of room for improvement, we’re heading in the right direction. Rio has had a better weekend here also and was looking good in FP3. He didn’t quite get his lap together, which he’ll be disappointed with, but it’s coming good for him too.”