Defending World Champion Sebastian Vettel scored his first pole position of the season by setting the fastest lap time in today's qualifying session in Bahrain.
McLaren of Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button led the Q3 before Vettel and Webber overtook them to take first and second place. Hamilton set another flying lap to secure second place, a tenth slower than Vettel's 1:34.308. Button failed to improve on his final lap and settled in fourth place.
It was a tough day for Mercedes with Nico Rosberg setting only 5th fastest and Schumacher out in Q1 due to a problem in his car's rear wing.
Daniel Ricciardo was our driver of the day and will start tomorrow's race from sixth place ahead of Romain Grosjean and Sergio Perez. Fernando Alonso and Paul di Resta decided not to do a flying lap and thus start the race from row 5. Di Resta went out on medium tyres in Q3 and thus will start tomorrow's race from prime tyres.
The filed was again close in Q2 with Hamilton setting the fastest time(1m33.209). Raikkonen was just half a second slower than Hamilton but that was enough for him to be the first one to be relegated in Q2. Koabayashi and Hulkenberg, unlike their team mates failed to make it to Q3 and will start the Bahrain Grand Prix from 12th and 13th place.
Felipe Massa again disappointed by setting only the 14th quickest lap time of Q2. He's the only one of the established teams who hasn't scored a single point this season. Heikki Kovalainen made into Q2 for the first time this season and qualified in 16th place ahead of William's Pastor Maldonado. The Veneuzvelan sat out of Q2 due to KERS issue and will start from 21's place after a five place grid penalty.
Michael Schumacher and Jean Eric Vergne could only be 18th and 18th fastest as they failed to get into Q2 due to technical problems. Vitaly Petrov was 20th in second Caterham with a laptime of 1m35.823. Pedro de la Rosa got sandwiched by Marussia's of Pic and Glock as Karthikeyan was well under 107% of Vettel's Q1 lap time and will start the race from 24th place.