Bahrain Grand Prix 2012: Red Bull’s Vettel thrilled with pole

Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel admits his delight at claiming his first pole position of the season for Sunday's Bahrain GP

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff
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Sebastian Vettel in action in Bahrain Photo: Getty Images, courtesy of Red Bull Racing

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Sebastian Vettel could not hide his delight after pipping McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton to pole position for Sunday’s Bahrain Grand Prix.

The defending double world champion, who had failed to impress in qualifying for 2012’s first three races, sealed the 31st pole position of his Formula 1 career with a time of one minute 32.422 seconds at Sakhir, ahead of Hamilton and Red Bull team-mate Mark Webber.

“It feels great, which I owe to the team,” said Vettel. “It’s not been an easy start to the season, but what we have done here is what we expect from ourselves.

“We’ve been busy working on the car, trying to find the right solution, with the boys hardly getting any sleep over the last four race weekends.

“They’ve certainly not had much here, but the car is much better and it’s great to have just beaten Lewis for pole.”

Vettel’s team-mate Webber, who will start third on Sunday, admitted he was surprised by his team’s performance in qualifying.

“In the end we’re satisfied to be towards the front,” he said. “There have previously been some big gaps to the opposition, so it’s pretty surprising to be as competitive as we are on a track that does not play to our strengths.

“But we’re at the front, I’m pleased for the guys, and we can have a good race from there.”

Bahrain Grand Prix 2012: Starting grid

1 Sebastian Vettel (Ger) Red Bull 1min 32.422secs

2 Lewis Hamilton (Gbr) McLaren 1:32.520

3 Mark Webber (Aus) Red Bull 1:32.637

4 Jenson Button (Gbr) McLaren 1:32.711

5 Nico Rosberg (Ger) Mercedes GP 1:32.821

6 Daniel Ricciardo (Aus) Scuderia Toro Rosso 1:32.912

7 Romain Grosjean (Swi) Lotus F1 Team 1:33.008

8 Sergio Perez (Mex) Sauber-Ferrari 1:33.394

9 Fernando Alonso (Spa) Ferrari No Time

10 Paul di Resta (Gbr) Force India No Time

11 Kimi Raikkonen (Fin) Lotus F1 Team 1:33.789

12 Kamui Kobayashi (Jpn) Sauber-Ferrari 1:33.806

13 Nico Hulkenberg (Ger) Force India 1:33.807

14 Felipe Massa (Bra) Ferrari 1:33.912

15 Bruno Senna (Bra) Williams 1:34.017

16 Heikki Kovalainen (Fin) Caterham 1:36.132

17 Michael Schumacher (Ger) Mercedes GP 1:34.865

18 Jean-Eric Vergne (Fra) Scuderia Toro Rosso 1:35.014

19 Vitaly Petrov (Rus) Caterham 1:35.823

20 Charles Pic (Fra) Marussia 1:37.683

21 Pedro de la Rosa (Spa) HRT-F1 1:37.883

22 Pastor Maldonado (Ven) Williams No Time*

23 Timo Glock (Ger) Marussia 1:37.905

24 Narain Karthikeyan (Ind) HRT-F1 1:38.314

* Maldonado handed five-place penalty for gearbox change

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