IT’S A RED BULL MCLAREN SANDWICH AT SAKHIR

Now that the 2012 Bahrain Formula 1 Grand Prix is a go, despite the civil unrest that the officials have assured is under control, qualification for tomorrow’s race has been completed and we have the results. It is a Red Bull Racing and McLaren show at the front of the grid. Defending champion Sebastian Vettel bounced back to take his first pole position of the season in Sakhir on Saturday afternoon, as Lewis Hamilton bumped Vettel’s teammate Mark Webber from the front row. Jenson Button finished in at fourth place.
After last weekend’s stupendous performance, Mercedes’ Nico Rosberg will start in fifth place followed by Torro Rosso’s Daniel Ricciardo in an excellent sixth position. This is one of Torro Rosso’s best starts to date. To give you an idea of how competitive all teams are, Q2 was an intensely close session, with the top 14 separated by just seven-tenths of a second! 7 time world champion Michael Schumacher will start in 17th position due to a wing problem he encountered during the first qualifying session.

Now that the Red Bulls seem to be back in the mix, the 2012 Formula 1 Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix seems to be heating up with all the top teams in contention for the win. Similar to China, the high speed straightaways and low speed corners coupled with the heat should make for a very compelling race tomorrow. Let’s hope there aren’t any disruptions due to the current political climate in Bahrain.

Haven’t watched a Formula 1 race in a while? Why not brush up on some Formula 1 jargon before tomorrow’s race?

The Bahrain Grand Prix begins at 3:00pm Bahrain time. Click here to see your local timing. In India, the race will be broadcast on Star Sports starting at 4:30PM.

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