Bahrain GP (2015)
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Sebastian Vettel insists that he's not thinking about a championship challenge – and is focusing instead on short-term efforts to make Ferrari more competitive and push Mercedes harder.
Falling track and air temperatures add extra complexity to strategy decisions.
Fernando Alonso: “The whole team is united and everyone is hugely motivated by the challenge ahead”
This is Scuderia’s 684th podium finish. Today the team consolidated second place in the Constructors’ Championship with 107 points.
Romain Grosjean: "I’ll happily take seventh place as my birthday gift for myself and the team.”
Monisha Kaltenborn: "Both drivers fought impressively, but we didn’t get any rewards today."
Sergio Perez raced to eighth place ahead of teammate Nico Hulkenberg in P13.
Valtteri Bottas: "Sebastian was quicker than me, and closed up behind very fast, but the fight was really good fun."
Victory for Lewis Hamilton and third place for Nico Rosberg after a tense and hotly contested battle in the desert.
Lewis Hamilton scored his third victory of the season in Bahrain, but Kimi Raikkonen was the star of the show for Ferrari, grabbing second from Nico Rosberg in the closing stages.
Renault is hopeful it will be able to focus on improving its performance after it introduces "more permanent fixes" in the coming weeks following a poor couple of races.
Check out how the standings changed after today's race. Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes extends the lead.
Despite his great race Nico Rosberg lost his P2 to Kimi Raikkonen on penultimate lap due to a brake failure.
F1 engine manufacturers have agreed that any move towards 1000bhp engines for 2017 must involve the current V6 engine configuration as a starting point, according to Toto Wolff.
The Bahrain Grand Prix will be something of a step into the unknown for Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg, as Mercedes has yet to fully prove set-up changes made after Friday.
Nico Hulkenberg: "Points will be the goal tomorrow..."
To claim his front row slot, Vettel did a 1.32.982, beating Nico Rosberg (1.33.129) in the other Mercedes.
Nico Rosberg set to line up third on the grid after an enthralling qualifying session under the Sakhir spotlights.
Romain Grosjean: "I was expecting to go out earlier so to achieve Q3 for the fourth time in a row feels very good."
Marcus Ericsson: "Certainly, we would have liked to be in Q3 again, but overall we did a decent job. We are in good shape for tomorrow’s race."
Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel was delighted to qualify on the front row for the Bahrain Grand Prix, splitting Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg for the second time this year.
Hamilton gets P1 with Vettel behind him and Rosberg in third.
Jenson Button put a brave face on his failure to register a lap in qualifying before his McLaren-Honda broke down in Bahrain.
Valtteri Bottas: "I’m not unhappy to get P5 as it is representative of our pace."
Both Mercedes drivers in top 3 splitted by Ferrari's Vettel.
World champion Lewis Hamilton beat Ferrari rival Sebastian Vettel to the quickest time in final practice for the Bahrain Grand Prix.
As in China last Friday the Third and Reserve Driver for Lotus F1 Team took over duties behind the wheel from Romain Grosjean in FP1.
Sebastian Vettel: "It’s hard to say if we got closer to Mercedes, everybody seemed to be closer to them but I’m sure they didn’t show everything today."
The E23 Hybrid showed good potential; it was well balanced and reliable with scope for improved pace.
Nico Rosberg beat Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton to the quickest time of the day in second practice for the Bahrain Grand Prix.
German edges his teammate by one tenth, both Ferrari behind them with Raikkonen in P3. Teams were working through their tyre programs.
Ferrari ends the session 1-2 with Williams' Bottas in third.