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Hamilton posts fastest ever lap around Bahrain to secure pole position // Mercedes dominate as Vandoorne outshines Button

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Hamilton posts fastest ever lap around Bahrain to secure pole position
Credit: Mercedes AMG Petronas
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It was a close fight between the two Mercedes drivers around the Sakhir circuit but Lewis Hamilton managed to take pole position by seven hundredths of a second over Nico Rosberg. The Ferrari duo were behind, locking out the second row of the grid for tomorrow’s race, with Vettel ahead of Räikkönen.

Daniel Ricciardo finished fifth, which made Red Bull teammate Kvyat’s 15th position seem particularly poor. In the other direction, Jenson Button managed 14th on the grid whilst new boy Stoffel Vandoorne outperformed him by just a few hundredths to scoop 12th place.

Renault, Sauber and Manor were tucked away at the rear of the field, along with Sergio Pérez, although Wehrlein dragged the Manor up to 16th on the grid.

Hamilton’s pole position was under threat briefly as the stewards called him in to discuss a reversing in the pit lane situation, but he was handed a reprimand and allowed to retain the position.