The next row will be filled tomorrow by Williams’s Valtteri Bottas and Force India’s Sergio Perez, while Ferrari’s Kimi Räikkönen and McLaren’s Jenson Button will start behind them. Positions seven, eight and nine were claimed by Williams’s Felipe Massa, McLaren’s Kevin Magnussen and Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso, respectively.
Incredibly, reigning world champion Sebastian Vettel of Red Bull Racing failed to make it through to Q3. The German will start at tenth on the grid tomorrow. His teammate Daniel Ricciardo was third quickest, but a penalty from last week’s Malaysian Grand Prix means the Aussie will have to start all the way back at 13th.
Weather conditions forecast for the Bahrain International Circuit tomorrow look to be good. Teams will need to be wary of significant temperature drops, however, since the race is now being held at night. Tire supplier Pirelli has nominated its P Zero White medium and P Zero Yellow soft compounds.
Going into tomorrow’s race, Nico Rosberg leads the Drivers’ Championship with 43 points, with Lewis Hamilton in second with 25 points and Fernando Alonso in third with 24 points. Mercedes AMG leads the Constructors’ Championship with 68 points while McLaren sits on 43 points and Ferrari on 30.