Red Bull’s Vettel fires up in Bahrain where pressure mounts to call off tomorrow’s race

2012 Formula One Bahrain Grand Prix final qualifying saw current world champion, Sebastian Vettel grabs his first pole this season. After performing consistently over the last two days (finished in the top 3 in all three practice sessions), Vettel finally managed to post his flying lap in the dying minutes of Q3. Hamilton continues his impressive run this season as he too will be starting in the front row tomorrow whereas, Vettel’s team mate, Mark Webber took the third spot.

Michael Schumacher, who won the inaugural Bahrain GP as a Ferrari driver back in 2004, continued his disappointing run this season as he failed to qualify for Q2 and will be starting tomorrow’s race from the 18th spot. But it will be interesting to see the 7 time world champ to drive his way through tomorrow’s race, if his team manages to fix DRS. Schumi’s Mercedes F1 team mate, Nico Rosberg managed to squeeze in on the 5th spot.

Ferrari too had a below par performance in Bahrain, considering the fact that they have won the most number of races here, 4 out of 7. Alonso, who won her the last time, will be starting from the 9th spot while Felipe Massa, two time champion in Bahrain, will start from the 14th position. Ferrari later tweeted, “Not what all of us is aiming for but this is what we can achieve at the moment.”

On the other hand, pressure is mounting on FIA to call off tomorrow’s race as a 37 year old man died protesting last night in Bahrain. This is the first death during F1 weekend due to ongoing protests in Bahrain.  According to Al Wefaq, Bahraini Political Society, “A number of citizens went out last night at nine o’clock in a peaceful march, were followed and attacked by security forces and they were brutally assaulted and some were beaten brutally by different tools and one security man was heard saying in sarcasm: ‘There must be a martyr in this village’.”

FIA has no intentions of calling off tomorrow’s Grand Prix, even after fresh protests were reported.

Following is the 2012 Bahrain GP Qualifying result;

1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Racing-Renault 1:32.422
2 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1:32.520
3 Mark Webber Red Bull Racing-Renault 1:32.637
4 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1:32.711
5 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:32.821
6 Daniel Ricciardo STR-Ferrari 1:32.912
7 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1:33.008
8 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 1:33.394
9 Fernando Alonso Ferrari No time (Q2 1:33.403)
10 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes No time (Q2 1:33.510)
11 Kimi Räikkönen Lotus-Renault 1:33.789
12 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1:33.806
13 Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1:33.807
14 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1:33.912
15 Bruno Senna Williams-Renault 1:34.017
16 Heikki Kovalainen Caterham-Renault 1:36.132
17 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 1:34.639
18 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1:34.865
19 Jean-Eric Vergne STR-Ferrari 1:35.014
20 Vitaly Petrov Caterham-Renault 1:35.823
21 Charles Pic Marussia-Cosworth 1:37.683
22 Pedro de la Rosa HRT-Cosworth 1:37.883
23 Timo Glock Marussia-Cosworth 1:37.905
24 Narain Karthikeyan HRT-Cosworth 1:38.314
Q1 107% Time 1:40.380

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