02 April


Bahrain Grand Prix: Qualifying Recap


Apr 2, 2016
Overview

Event: Qualifying for the Bahrain Grand Prix
Date: Saturday, April 2
Location: Bahrain International Circuit in Sakhir
Layout: 5.412-kilometer (3.363-mile), 15-turn circuit
Weather: Clear, 23 degrees Celsius (73 degrees Fahrenheit)
Lap Record: 1:29.493 set by Lewis Hamilton in 2016 with Mercedes (new qualifying lap record)
Pole Winner: Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes (1:29.493)
Result: Romain Grosjean qualified 9th, will start on Row 5; Esteban Gutiérrez qualified 13th, will start on Row 7

Q1 Rundown:

Lasts 16 minutes, with all 22 drivers participating
After seven minutes, the slowest driver is eliminated
In 90-second intervals thereafter, the next slowest drivers are eliminated until the checkered flag falls
Seven drivers get eliminated, with top-15 drivers moving on to Q2
Grosjean: 11th quick (1:32.005), advanced to Q2
Gutiérrez: 13th quick (1:32.118), advanced to Q2
Fastest Driver: Nico Rosberg of Mercedes (1:31.325)
Cutoff: 15th-quick Daniil Kvyat of Red Bull Racing (1:32.559)

Q2 Rundown:

Lasts 15 minutes, featuring the 15 fastest drivers from Q1
After six minutes, the slowest driver is eliminated
In 90-second intervals thereafter, the next slowest drivers are eliminated until the checkered flag falls
Seven drivers get eliminated, with top-eight drivers advancing to Q3
Grosjean 9th quick (1:31.756)
Gutiérrez: 13th quick (1:31.945)
Fastest Driver: Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes (1:30.039)
Cutoff: 8th-quick Nico Hulkenberg of Force India (1:31.604)

Q3 Rundown:

Lasts 14 minutes, featuring the eight fastest drivers from Q2
After five minutes, the slowest driver is eliminated
In 90-second intervals thereafter, the next slowest drivers are eliminated until the checkered flag falls
Two drivers will remain in the final 90 seconds, creating a shootout for the pole
Pole Winner: Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes (1:29.493)
Second: Nico Rosberg of Mercedes (1:29.570)

Recap

With Formula One keeping its new elimination-style qualifying format in place for Bahrain, Haas F1 Team spent much of the buildup to Saturday’s knock-out session practicing its car turnaround times. The crew’s hard work and skillful execution, combined with some sublime driving from Romain Grosjean and Esteban Gutiérrez, ensured another milestone for the team as both drivers graduated from Q1 to Q2 for the first time.

The entire 22-car field opted to run the Pirelli P Zero Red supersoft tires for qualifying. It was quickly evident the pace of the Haas VF-16 would be strong enough to see the team progress into the second of three qualifying rounds. Completing Q1 in 11th and 13th, respectively, Grosjean and Gutiérrez entered into Q2 for the first time in only the team’s second grand prix weekend.

Ultimately, Grosjean was credited with the ninth-fastest time (1:31.756), just missing advancing to Q3 by one position. The silver lining, however, is that it allowed Grosjean to save a set of tires for the race. Gutiérrez earned the 13th-quickest time (1:31.945).

Lewis Hamilton broke the track qualifying record to secure the pole, his third at Bahrain. His record-setting lap time of 1:29.493 – the fastest ever at Bahrain – bettered the previous mark of 1:29.848, set by Fernando Alonso in 2005 when he was with Renault.

Romain Grosjean, Driver No. 8, Haas F1 Team

“Our position is higher than our expectations, so that’s good. Everyone worked brilliantly. I was talking with Guenther (Steiner, team principal) before qualifying and he said this session would be a big test for us. Every time we go out on track, we’re learning more. I’m very proud of my guys. Tomorrow is a long race – a difficult race with the tire choices – but I think it’s possible to have a good time. We’re hoping for more points, but it’s a very different track from Australia. I’m looking forward to going racing.”

Esteban Gutiérrez, Driver No. 21, Haas F1 Team

“It was a very tight and very competitive qualifying for us today. I had quite a lot of traffic at first, so it was tricky to prepare the tires on the out-laps. Therefore, my first time in Q1 wasn’t great. However, the second time was a lot better. Going into Q2 was a fantastic effort from the team to get everything prepared. Again, I found there was a lot of traffic in front, so it was wasn’t ideal. However, the most important thing for us to do now is to concentrate on the race and obtaining points. We are P13 and we’ll do our best to maximize everything for tomorrow.”

Guenther Steiner, Team Principal, Haas F1 Team

“We had a very good day today. FP3 (Free Practice 3) was flawless and we couldn’t have wished for anything better with qualifying. To achieve P9 and P13 sets us in a good position to score points tomorrow. That’s exactly where we wanted to position ourselves. Both drivers did a fantastic job at the right time. The team was able to perform a perfect turnaround, so hats off to them. We did everything we needed to do, and now we head into tomorrow to try and find some points.”

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