Raikkonen fastest in final practice session in Bahrain

Where do Mc Laren sit in the pecking order? | Image Octane

SEBASTIAN VETTEL took pole position for the Bahrain Grand Prix - his 200th race.

It was feared he would be punished for an unsafe release - because his front right wheel was not attached properly - and given a grid penalty, but instead Ferrari were fined €5,000 (RM23,767).

Kimi Raikkonen was the fasted of the two Ferrari drivers coming in third just a tenth behind the Mercedes while teammate Sebastian Vettel was just a hair's breadth back in fourth place.

Raikkonen had escaped a grid penalty of his own as he clocked a best lap time of one minute and 29.817 seconds to outpace four-time champion Vettel by 0.011 seconds.

"First run in Q3, I was very happy and then I tossed it away in the last corner. My long run I think was okay, it should have been a bit stronger but as I said we try different things with the auto and the balance".

Bahrain is a power circuit, so you might have expected the Mercedes cars of Hamilton and Bottas to dominate qualifying. "The auto was excellent all weekend so far".

Raikkonen, who showed impressive pace during the weekend's three practice sessions, had been ahead after the initial attempts in the top-ten qualifying shootout and had the advantage of being the last man to start his final run.

Sebastian Vettel, victor at Australia and last 12 months in Bahrain, was fifth quickest ahead of past season's pole-sitter Valtteri Bottas who was first sixth for Mercedes.

Mercedes got closer in qualifying than they looked like they might at one point but Vettel was still 0.166 seconds quicker than the fastest Mercedes of Bottas. We tried some things that didn't work which is why the gap was sometimes bigger.

Daniel Ricciardo was fifth for Red Bull while his teammate Max Verstappen crashed in the opening part of qualifying, losing the vehicle under acceleration out of the tight second corner. "I thought there was a lot we could improve, but it was a messy think, in the end".

Fernando Alonso was 0.313s clear of teammate Stoffel Vandoorne, but that will be little consolation for the two-time champion who was 0.4s off the Honda-powered Toro Rosso of Gasly.

Toro Rosso rookie Pierre Gasly is next on the grid, promising an intriguing start to Sunday's race.

Renault was best of the rest as Nico Hulkenberg finished while Carlos Sainz was not much further behind in eighth.

Such support came as no surprise given their performances on the track, Williams finding it particularly hard as Lance Stroll and Sergey Sirotkin finished FP2 17th and 18th respectively.

Related news:

Hot News

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top How a Trade War Could Impact Employment in the US
Apr 08, 2018 - 01:14
The US on Tuesday published a list of US$50 billion in Chinese imports set to be hit by US tariffs. Gao said comments from USA officials about ongoing talks about trade issues were incorrect.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Syrian truce collapses; offensive on rebel areas outside Damascus kills dozens
Apr 08, 2018 - 01:12
There are three warplanes in the sky and two helicopters", Firas al-Doumi, a rescue worker inside Douma, told AFP this morning. A view of Syrian Arab Red Crescent, a humanitarian non-profit organisation, personnel delivering aid in Eastern Ghouta, Syria.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top WWE WrestleMania 34 - Match Card, Predictions and More
Apr 08, 2018 - 01:04
You can check out the photo she posted on Twitter below. "I can't buy them in a match without Nia [Jax] just destroying her". Nia Jax - The body shaming and bullying angle from Alexa Bliss towards her real life best friend Jax has fans in an uproar.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Judge Hearing Salman Khan Bail Request Among 87 Transferred In Rajasthan
Apr 07, 2018 - 14:45
After a Punjab-based gangster Lawrence Bishnoi threatened to kill Khan in Jodhpur , security inside the jail has been beefed up. There was a lot of speculation before the hearing that the actor might not get his bail today because of this reshuffle.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Dwayne The Rock Johnson will never play borderline psychopath
Apr 07, 2018 - 14:44
Johnson has previously opened up about his mother's suicide attempt and his subsequent struggles with depression . Johnson secretly dealt with depression for most of his life.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top National Guard troops begin deploying to border security mission
Apr 07, 2018 - 14:44
Kay Ivey, a Republican, said Friday that she will consult with the head of the Alabama Guard to see what resources are available. Brigadier General Tracy Norris of the Texas National Guard said 250 troops would also be sent in the next 72 hours in response.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Augusta National beginning to embrace women's golf
Apr 07, 2018 - 14:43
But the 42-year-old made it clear he felt he was not to blame for being put on the clock by rules officials at Augusta National. Unless you stand on the 12th and 11th and you get a big wind switch, that's when obviously it's going to get tricky.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top The path to court: Zuma and the arms deal
Apr 07, 2018 - 14:42
Constitutional lawyer Pierre de Vos tweeted that a court had already ruled that the decision to prosecute Zuma was valid. But after he became leader of the African National Congress in December 2007, the case against him began to topple.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Nurmagomedov-Iaquinta almost finalized as UFC 223 main event
Apr 07, 2018 - 14:37
So, in the last day or so, the fight card for UFC 223 has been reduced from 13 bouts to just 9... McGregor appeared in court in NY on Friday charged with assault and criminal mischief.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Apple reportedly developing gesture controls, curved screens for iPhones ars_ab.settitle(1287905)
Apr 06, 2018 - 02:11
As stated, both features are in early stages of development and it will be a couple of years before they see the light of day. As per the report, a curved screen iPhone with touchless gestures could arrive in the next two to three years.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Police Shoot and Kill Unarmed Black Man, Saheed Vassell, In Crown Heights
Apr 06, 2018 - 02:11
The chief said four officers - three in plainclothes, one in uniform - fired 10 shots at the man. Police released surveillance stills of Vassell pointing the object at pedestrians.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Mike Myers Revives Dr Evil For Trump Skit
Apr 06, 2018 - 02:10
As for his 2020 running mate, Evil confirmed that he has chosen "the only man who's more hated right now than Donald Trump ". Evil replied, " Well, naturally, I was going to be secretary of evil, but Steve Bannon got that job".

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Fortnite vending machine location guide
Apr 06, 2018 - 02:10
Like weapons themselves, you'll find them across the map in Common, Uncommon, Rare, Epic, and Legendary varieties. We'll update you as soon as Epic Games works on a further patch to make things right with the last one.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Trump hails Mexico's 'strong immigration laws' for stopping migrant caravan
Apr 06, 2018 - 02:09
Trump's tweets criticizing the caravan have showered it in far more publicity than organizers expected. At its height last week, the caravan consisted of nearly 1,500 people mostly from Central America.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top NY Officials Denounce Trump 2020 Census Immigration Question
Apr 05, 2018 - 00:51
Reynolds doesn't believe that adding it back in will have any negative effect on Iowa", said Brenna Smith, a spokeswoman. Only about a quarter of Americans said they opposed the citizenship question on the Census .