Hamilton beats Rosberg to Bahrain pole

Published April 2nd, 2016 - 05:09 GMT
Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team's British driver Lewis Hamilton (C) stands next to Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team's German driver Nico Rosberg (L) and Ferrari's German driver Sebastian Vettel after securing the pole position in the Bahrain Formula One Grand Prix following the qualifying session at the Sakhir circuit in Manama on April 2, 2016, a day ahead of the race. AFP PHOTO / ANDREJ ISAKOVIC
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Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team's British driver Lewis Hamilton (C) stands next to Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team's German driver Nico Rosberg (L) and Ferrari's German driver Sebastian Vettel after securing the pole position in the Bahrain Formula One Grand Prix following the qualifying session at the Sakhir circuit in Manama on April 2, 2016, a day ahead of the race. AFP PHOTO / ANDREJ ISAKOVIC ANDREJ ISAKOVIC / AFP

Triple Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton smashed the Bahrain circuit lap record on Saturday to take pole position ahead of Mercedes team mate Nico Rosberg for Sunday's grand prix.

The Briton's best lap of one minute 29.493 seconds was the fastest ever at the Sakhir track.

Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen qualified third and fourth for the second race of the season.

The much-criticised new qualifying format was again in the spotlight, still underwhelming if marginally more exciting than the disappointing debut at the Australian season-opener two weeks earlier.

Hamilton is chasing his third successive Bahrain Grand Prix victory on Sunday while Rosberg, the winner in Melbourne, is seeking a fifth win in a row after ending last season with three straight victories.


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