Published: Sun, April 08, 2018
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Vettel takes GP pole in Ferrari one-two

Vettel takes GP pole in Ferrari one-two

Lewis Hamilton says Ferrari's pace in qualifying for the Bahrain Grand Prix proves Mercedes doesn't feature any form of extra performance from its engine.

Vettel called it a "lion lap" which helped him clinch pole for the Bahrain Grand Prix tomorrow afternoon and it certainly was. That was quite intense.

"Overall I have been happier this weekend with how the vehicle has been responding and how the front end is responding". But that came courtesy the timely deployment of the virtual safety vehicle with Hamilton, until then, set to wrap up a comfortable victory in his Mercedes which had a clear edge over Vettel's Ferrari all weekend. In the last run, I was in traffic, but what can I do?

"But what can I do?" "So we'll have to do better tomorrow".

Bottas said: "It felt ok". The vehicle is better, but we need to get it in the right window.

The German marque have taken pole position for the past five years, but face a tall order to win the race this year.

The pressure will be on Bottas to fly the German manufacturer's flag against the Italian team in Sunday's race, a tough task after the pace they showed in practice.

"I agree we are not having the pace this weekend that we expected coming here, but we also didn't have anything new since Melbourne", said the Finn. Despite the victory, Sebastian Vettel understands that his Ferrari isn't the top vehicle this year and lacks in just more than one departments.

"There will be chances to do something with the strategy and I will eke out all the performance and strength I can from the vehicle". The Dutchman was furious with himself after losing control at Turn 2 and shunting into a tyre barrier before taking a ride back to the garage on a scooter.

"I'm ok", the Dutch driver told his team, after an initial outburst that was not appropriate for a family audience.

Eight minutes later, the session resumed.

Sauber's Marcus Ericsson qualified 15th ahead of Williams' Sergey Sirotkin and teammate Charles Leclerc, who spun off in the final corner of his flying lap.

Nico Hulkenberg was seventh for Renault ahead of the Toro Rosso of Pierre Gasly and the two McLarens of two-time champion Fernando Alonso and Stoffel Vandoorne. Kimi Raikkonen (Ferrari) +0.143s 3.

"We come to a hotter circuit and often the gap closes a little bit because the Ferraris maybe have an upgrade, their engine mode is easily as good as ours".

After their much talked about "party mode" in Australia, Mercedes had no response to Vettel's pace and it was Valtteri Bottas who, like previous year, finished as the quicker of the two Silver Arrows in third, beating Lewis Hamilton by a tenth of a second.

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