F1 Bahrain 2012: Grand Prix Preparations In Full Swing Amid Protests [PHOTOS]

   on April 22 2012 7:14 AM
  • Saturday’s qualifying session
    Mercedes Formula One driver Rosberg drives out of the track during the qualifying session of the Bahrain F1 Grand Prix at the Sakhir circuit in Manama reuters
  • Saturday’s qualifying session
    Force India Formula One driver di Resta drives during the qualifying session of the Bahrain F1 Grand Prix at the Sakhir circuit in Manama reuters
  • Saturday’s qualifying session
    Caterham Formula One driver Kovalainen drives in the pit lane during the third practice session of the Bahrain F1 Grand Prix at the Sakhir circuit in Manama reuters
  • Saturday’s qualifying session
    McLaren Formula One and Red Bull crew members push their team's cars in the pit lane during the third practice session of the Bahrain F1 Grand Prix at the Sakhir circuit in Manama reuters
  • Saturday’s qualifying session
    Red Bull Formula One driver Vettel and Lotus F1 driver Grosjean drive during the qualifying session of the Bahrain F1 Grand Prix at the Sakhir circuit in Manama reuters
  • Saturday’s qualifying session
    Ferrari Formula One driver Alonso drives during the qualifying session of the Bahrain F1 Grand Prix at the Sakhir circuit in Manama reuters
  • Saturday’s qualifying session
    Ferrari Formula One driver Massa drives out of his garage during the third practice session of the Bahrain F1 Grand Prix at the Sakhir circuit in Manama reuters
  • Saturday’s qualifying session
    HRT Formula One driver Karthikeyan drives in the pit lane during the third practice session of the Bahrain F1 Grand Prix at the Sakhir circuit in Manama reuters
  • Saturday’s qualifying session
    Red Bull Formula One driver Vettel, McLaren's Hamilton and Red Bull's Webber pose after the qualifying session of the Bahrain F1 Grand Prix at the Sakhir circuit in Manama reuters
1 of 9

Saturday's qualifying session saw Red Bull world champion Sebastian Vettel snatching first pole position for the upcoming 2012 Formula One Bahrain Grand Prix.

Vettel's timing was 0.098 seconds quicker than McLaren's Lewis Hamilton, with Red Bull team-mates Mark Webber and Jenson Button pulling in third and fourth position on the second row, the Telegraph reported. Mercedes' Michael Schumacher, seven-times world champion, was cut out at the 18th, with Ferrari's Felipe Massa qualifying for the 14th position.

All in all, twenty-four drivers will be contending for the top position at Sunday's main race, which is scheduled to start at 12 noon GMT at the Bahrain International Circuit at Sakhir.

Meanwhile, violent protests have flared across the country with Bahrain police dispelling tear gas and stun grenades at masked protesters, who have demanded to cancel the race.

Here are the first images of the season's practice and qualifying sessions held prior to Sunday's main event.

Join the Discussion