2013 Bahrain Grand Prix – official qualifying

on April 21, 2013 On the track news with 12 comments
Car 1 SEBASTIAN VETTEL, Position: 2nd, (3rd Practice – P2, 1:33.348)
“I’m not disappointed with that. Well done to Nico, it was a strong lap and it was all his today. When I crossed the line I saw I was second on the screen and didn’t know how much I was missing to pole as the lap was fine. When I got told the gap to P1, it was clear that even with a perfect lap he was unbeatable today, but nevertheless I’m very happy. We managed to save some tyres throughout qualifying and it will be about tyre degradation tomorrow, so we’ll see what happens. It’s good to start from the front.”
Car 2 MARK WEBBER, Position: 5th, (3rd Practice – P3, 1:33.380)
Mark will start 7th following his penalty from the Chinese Grand Prix
“I would have like to have got a bit more out of the car in that session and been a bit further up, but seventh with a penalty isn’t the end of the world. We have a different tyre strategy to some of the others and it’s a long grand prix, so let’s see how we go. I’m proud to be starting my 200th grand prix tomorrow. When I was a youngster arriving in Formula One, I never thought I would be in the sport for so long. I have had some incredible highs and some tough lows, but that’s top line sport. I have learned a huge amount during that time, about myself and life in general, and the drive is still very strong for the sport; I still enjoy it a lot. It’s another number, but it would be good to get a good result to mark it.”
CHRISTIAN HORNER: “That was a very tightly contested qualifying session. We stuck to a plan we formulated before qualifying, using one set of the soft tyres in each of the sessions. Sebastian did a super job to qualify on the front row alongside Nico Rosberg. Mark, despite his three place penalty, will line up in seventh place and with the way you can overtake at this track he’ll be able to make progress from there. So, a very solid qualifying and one we can hopefully build on in the race tomorrow. Well done to Nico for getting pole today.”
(Renault) THIERRY SALVI: “Bahrain presents some unique challenges for the engine, with very hot ambient temperatures and low humidity. This can be tricky for the cooling systems and is something we need to monitor closely to ensure it doesn’t become a problem. Equally the lack of running here throughout the year makes the track conditions very slippery, so we tweak the engine maps to give improved grip. All in all it’s a positive result today and gives us a lot of options on strategy tomorrow.”


  • Marcus
    on April 21, 2013 Reply

    Best of luck AussieGrit, strong result very possible from P7.

  • Jill and Brian
    on April 21, 2013 Reply

    Go Mark. drive hard, you can come through mate, all the best. x

  • James
    on April 21, 2013 Reply

    Carissimo Mark , mi chiamo Giacomo ho 39 anni , sono italiano . Seguo le tue gare fin dai tempi della Minardi , spero sempre tu possa ottenere degli ottimi risultati, specialmente in occasione del Tuo 200° Gran Premio . Per me sei un esempio sportivo , che partendo dal basso e attraverso il lavoro e la serietà è riuscito ad arrivare al Top in uno sport così difficile .Io sono una persona che vive la sua vita in modo umile , sarebbe bello essere un tuo amico . Saluti Giacomo

  • Lesley
    on April 21, 2013 Reply

    Good luck for tomorrow Mark. You show them what you can do! ♡ xx

  • Deborah Bolognesi
    on April 21, 2013 Reply

    Go Mark, you deserve all the best for your 200th GP!! C’mon champ, you can do it!! Keep boxing…

  • Steve
    on April 21, 2013 Reply

    How is it Mark starts 7th, if he had a three place grid penalty. He qualified 5th, so wouldn’t that put him back to 8th position on the grid?
    *** SITE MANAGER *** It’s a bit confusing isn’t it! Mark’s penalty was applied first (because it was a throw-back to last weekend) and the revised grid saw him drop to 8th, i.e. three grid places. However, Lewis’s five place penalty was then applied to the revised grid and in this reshuffle Mark consequently moved up to seventh!

  • Antony S
    on April 21, 2013 Reply

    Good luck Mark. Hope its a first and second for the two AUSSIES!!

  • TRAV
    on April 21, 2013 Reply

    kick some ass in the Race m8

  • psycho budgie
    on April 21, 2013 Reply

    We all know you will dig deep and let it rip, very best to you mate for today. 😀

  • Waldo
    on April 21, 2013 Reply

    Mark all the best for your 200 race, 7th not that bad to start from you still got every chancy of beating the 5 world champions in this race and become world champion this year. You’ve shown throughout your career your a fighter and this is your time to fight like hell and show the world you deserve to be champion!

  • heath
    on April 21, 2013 Reply

    Go Mark, all the best from a big fan!

  • Vic aka Civy
    on April 21, 2013 Reply

    Congratulations Mark on your 200th drive in F1. Good luck today mate, behind you all the way ! Go Go Go ! ! !

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