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Starting grid - Bahrain Grand Prix 2015 - Stewards look kindly towards Vettel and Button for race

Vettel given no penalty for practice incident
Credit: Ferrari Media

Whilst no penalties affect the grid in Bahrain, the stewards still had some work to do. Jenson Button failed to set a lap time in qualifying but was given dispensation to start the race based on a previous lap time in FP2. Considering Button's lack of running this weekend, it's lucky the stewards had anything to work with for the ailing McLaren.

They also let Sebastian Vettel off a penalty, after taking a closer look at the incident between the Ferrari driver and Sergio Pérez in the Force India during second practice. Vettel starts the race from the front row after outqualifying Nico Rosberg, but he'll have his work cut out for him defending/attack two Mercedes drivers off the line.

1Lewis HamiltonMercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team1:32.57116
2Sebastian VettelScuderia Ferrari1:32.98212
3Nico RosbergMercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team1:33.12916
4Kimi RäikkönenScuderia Ferrari1:33.22715
5Valtteri BottasWilliams Martini Racing1:33.38116
6Felipe MassaWilliams Martini Racing1:33.74416
7Daniel RicciardoInfiniti Red Bull Racing1:33.83215
8Nico HülkenbergSahara Force India F1 Team1:34.45015
9Carlos Sainz JrScuderia Toro Rosso1:34.46218
10Romain GrosjeanLotus F1 Team1:34.48420
11Sergio PérezSahara Force India F1 Team1:34.70412
12Felipe NasrSauber F1 Team1:34.7379
13Marcus EricssonSauber F1 Team1:35.0349
14Fernando AlonsoMcLaren Honda1:35.03910
15Max VerstappenScuderia Toro Rosso1:35.10314
16Pastor MaldonadoLotus F1 Team1:35.6777
17Daniil KvyatInfiniti Red Bull Racing1:35.8006
18Will StevensManor Marussia F1 Team1:38.7136
19Roberto MerhiManor Marussia F1 Team1:39.7226
20Jenson ButtonMcLaren HondaNo time0