Paul Henman formula1 Bahrain Grand Prix – Qualifying

Bahrain Grand Prix – Qualifying

First race weekend of the 2022 season; I’m still not convinced that the FIA have learned anything from the fiasco in Abu Dhabi, and Red Bull are just as arrogant (if not more so) than they were in December, all of which means I’m not sure how long I’ll stick with F1.

The only good news from the race stewards is that they will be enforcing track limits;

RIC tested positive for COVID last week but since then has had negative results and is OK to drive this weekend; unfortunately VET tested positive a couple of days ago and will be replaced by Nico Hulkenberg.

Qualifying session 1 (Q1)
Air temperature 19°C; track 25°C
The new cars look less stable than last season’s designs
Ferrari showing a good turn of speed – LEC and SAI top the timing sheet with 7mins left of Q1
A few drivers have run wide but no word from the stewards of lap times being deleted, so will they enforce them as they said they would?
3mins left of Q1; bottom 5 are STR, HUL, RIC, TSU, LAT
Chequered flag
RIC to P15; NOR to P16
NOR to P6; RIC back to P16
ZHO to P13; TSU P16
Back of the grid will be: TSU, HUL, RIC, STR, LAT

Qualifying session 2
Reminder of a rule change: those who take the top 10 grid places will not have to start the race on their Q2 tyres
MAG is told he’s got a hydraulic issue and returns to the garage
3mins left of Q2; bottom 5 are SCH, NOR, ALB, GAS, ZHO
ZHO’s time deleted
Chequered flag
GAS to P9, relegating OCO to P11
Middle of the grid: OCO, SCH, NOR, ALB, ZHO

Qualifying session 3
Top 10 shootout is between VER, SAI, LEC, PER, HAM, RUS, MAG, ALO, GAS and BOT
RUS 1:32.291
HAM 1:32.158
LEC 1:30.731
SAI 1:30.687
VER P3
PER P4
GAS P7
RUS P6
HAM P5
BOT P6
LEC 1:30.558
Chequered flag
SAI P2
MAG P7
VER P2
Yellow flag (but everyone’s finished their lap) for MAG who’s parked in Turn 2
Front of the grid: LEC, VER, SAI, PER, HAM, BOT, MAG, ALO, RUS, GAS

Provisional grid: LEC, VER, SAI, PER, HAM, BOT, MAG, ALO, RUS, GAS, OCO, SCH, NOR, ALB, ZHO, TSU, HUL, RIC, STR, LAT

[2022 calendar and line-up]

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