The opening eighteen minute period in qualifying for the 2017 Bahrain GP
would see Lance out first for Williams. The early quickest time was Wehrlein
with a 1m:33.502. Mercedes and Ferrari were on the soft tyre with Bottas
setting a 1m:31.041 to be quickest. Verstappen was now quickest with a
1m:30.904 on the supersoft tyre. But Hamilton would go quicker with a
1m:30.814 on the soft tyre. After their first runs the Williams drivers were
fifth and sixteenth, similar to their practice pace. After their stops only
the top six would not return for a second run. On the super soft tyre
Raikkonen would go third behind Verstappen. Hulkenberg and Palmer were now
sixth and eighth. For Williams with the final runs Felipe and Lance were
seventh and twelfth. Top ten was Hamilton, Verstappen, Raikkonen, Vettel,
Bottas, Hulkenberg, Felipe, Palmer, Kvyat, and Ricciardo.
The second period would see everyone out on the super soft tyre. A 1m:29.555
from Bottas only to be beaten by Hamilton with a 1m:29.535. Verstappen was
now third but Vettel and Raikkonen would move ahead. After his first run
Felipe was eighth for Williams. Lance's first run would see him tenth but he
dropped to twelfth. Hulkenberg was now fifth and team-mate Palmer was tenth.
The top ten was Hamilton, Bottas, Vettel, Raikkonen, Hulkenberg, Verstappen,
Ricciardo, Felipe, Grosjean, and Palmer. The final period would see both
Mercedes and Red Bull cars come out early. Felipe would come out early for
Williams making it seven cars on the track. After their first runs it would
be Hamilton quickest with a 1m:28.792 followed by Bottas, Vettel, Raikkonen,
Verstappen, Ricciardo, and Felipe seventh.
With Grosjean on the track by himself more drivers would start to come back
out. Grosjean would go eighth as the two Renault's took to the track. Now
all ten cars were out all on new super soft tyres. Grosjean would pit as we
saw Bottas go quickest with a 1m:28.769 with Hamilton failing to improve.
This would see Bottas on pole. For Williams Felipe would finish in eighth
behind Hulkenberg. Vettel was third followed by Ricciardo, Raikkonen, and
Verstappen sixth. So the Williams drivers will start Sunday's race from
eighth and twelfth a position that should allow to challenge for points.
Felipe would join his team-mate out for his first run also on the super soft
tyre. Felipe would finish his first flying lap with a 1m:31.373 to be second
but it would become third. He would drop to fifth still behind Bottas.
Felipe would pit after three laps. Felipe would remain in his pit currently
seventh. With the end of the period he would remain in this position. The
second period would see Felipe come out with a new set of super soft tyres.
Felipe's lap was a 1m:30.677 to be fifth but he would drop to seventh behind
Ricciardo. He would pit after a single run. This would become eighth as
Hulkenberg moved up into fifth. Felipe would come out early in the final
period running on a new set of super soft tyres. He would complete his
flying laps to be fifth fastest with a 1m:30.350 but he would drop to
seventh then eighth.
The opening period would see Lance take to the track very early
running on the medium tyre. He would pit taking on the super soft
tyre and he would set a 1m:32.891 to go quickest. He would drop to
second behind Perez. As others went quicker he would drop to fifth.
Quickly he would drop to thirteenth behind Palmer also pitting. This
would become sixteenth putting him into the drop off zone. This
would require Lance to go again to see if he can make it into the
second period. Lance would come out on a new set of super soft tyres
and would set off on his flying lap. He would finish with a
1m:31.748 to be twelfth.
Lance would be one of the last to come out for the second period.
His mechanics were seen working on the front of his car. With under
five minutes remaining lance had yet to come out. But finally he
would come out on a new set of super soft tyres. He was currently
fourteenth as he started his flying lap. He would finish with a
1m:31.168 to be tenth but he would drop to eleventh courtesy of
Grosjean. This would become twelfth as Kvyat went quicker. This
would see Lance's qualifying come to an end but it was still a