Vettel secures Bahrain pole

By
Updated: April 22, 2012

Sebastian Vettel is back on pole position for the 31st time in his Formula One career after grabbing top spot on the grid for tomorrow’s controversial Bahrain Grand Prix.

After a record-breaking 15 poles last season, Vettel had failed to get anywhere near the front row prior to today, the 24-year-old even a miserable 11th in China last Saturday, his worst performance for 42 races.

But from nowhere, Vettel and Red Bull have managed to find some speed this past week, leading to his traditional raised index finger once he emerged from his car.

McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton was forced to settle for second, just 0.098seconds behind Vettel’s pole lap of one minute 32.422secs, with team-mates Mark Webber and Jenson Button on the second row in third and fourth.

1. Sebastian Vettel (Germany) RedBull – Renault one min 32.422 secs
2. Lewis Hamilton (Britain) McLaren 1:32.520
3. Mark Webber (Australia) RedBull – Renault 1:32.637
4. Jenson Button (Britain) McLaren 1:32.711
5. Nico Rosberg (Germany) Mercedes 1:32.821
6. Daniel Ricciardo (Australia) Toro Rosso – Ferrari 1:32.912
7. Romain Grosjean (France) Lotus – Renault 1:33.008
8. Sergio Perez (Mexico) Sauber – Ferrari 1:33.394
9. Fernando Alonso (Spain) Ferrari
10. Paul Di Resta (Britain) Force India – Mercedes
11. Kimi Raikkonen (Finland) Lotus – Renault 1:33.789
12. Kamui Kobayashi (Japan) Sauber – Ferrari 1:33.806
13. Nico Huelkenberg (Germany) Force India – Mercedes 1:33.807
14. Felipe Massa (Brazil) Ferrari 1:33.912
15. Bruno Senna (Brazil) Williams – Renault 1:34.017
16. Heikki Kovalainen (Finland) Caterham – Renault 1:36.132
17. Pastor Maldonado (Venezuela) Williams – Renault
18. Michael Schumacher (Germany) Mercedes 1:34.865
19. Jean-Eric Vergne (France) Toro Rosso – Ferrari 1:35.014
20. Vitaly Petrov (Russia) Caterham – Renault 1:35.823
21. Charles Pic (France) Marussia – Cosworth 1:37.683
22. Pedro de la Rosa (Spain) HRT – Cosworth 1:37.883
23. Timo Glock (Germany) Marussia – Cosworth 1:37.905
24. Narain Karthikeyan (India) HRT – Cosworth 1:38.314