After a very disappointing start to the season, Red Bull's fortunes sure have turned.
Sebastian Vettel was visibly relived as he stood at top of the podium while the German national anthem played at the ceremony. Team Manager, Christian Horner, was also elated at the team's first pole position and win of the current season.
Vettel drove a dominate race in the desert island, that it even looked like he pushed his car, the RB8 chassis affectionately named Abbey, to its very limits because no sooner had he taken the win he park it at the end of the Pit Lane. Team mate Mark Webber placed 4th resulting in engine supplier, Renault, having the first four places being won on their RS27 engine.
Lotus also had a great race with both of its drivers completing the podium. "Iceman" Kimi Räikkönen took second tailing Vettel by only 3.3 s. Räikkönen took the position about half-way through the race after his team mate, Romain Grosjean, move over to allow his faster team mate a shot at Vettel. This marks Kimi's first podium since his return from his Rallying stint and Romain's first in Formula One.
Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel shows that even though he did not make Q3 in China, he fights back with an impressive run that gets him his first pole position for this weekend's Bahrain Grand Prix. Vettel drove the perfect lap to snatch the pole from McLaren's Lewis Hamilton, who was only .098 s slower.
The Red Bull of Mark Webber and Hamilton's team mate, Jenson Button, complete the first two rows on the grid. Toro Rosso's Daniel Riccardo will start 6th after a great lap, but Mercedes and China Grand Prix winner, Nico Rosberg, only gets P5 at .4 s behind the leader, Vettel, which could stem from a break lock up going into Turn 10 of the Bahrain International Circuit.
Ferrari and Force India decide to conserve their tyres for the race by not running Fernando Alonso, P9, and Paul di Resta, P10, respectively.
Williams' Pastor Maldonado will be penalized 5 grid places after qualifying 17th and will start 22nd.
Seven- time World Champion, Michael Schumacher, was surprisingly elimination in Q1 due to mechanical problems that prevented him from making any improvements to his time.
After much controversy surrounding the FIA decision to go ahead with the Bahrain Grand Prix, despite pressure to cancel, Friday's free practices went on without incident. The Force India Team chose miss the Second practice on the grounds of "logistical reasons" but the decision could stem from a car carrying Force India Team members was delayed by a petrol bomb (Molotov cocktail) attack.
Paul Hembery, Director Pirelli F1, predicts that tyre degradation will play a key role in race strategy with team opt-ting for the harder grey-striped compound, with a longer tyre life, instead of the yellow softer Option tyres,. The track exhibited its lack of grip when Timo Glock, Marussia, spun out in the first turn, and a couple of drivers like Lotus' Romain Grosjean and Sauber's Sergio Pérez ran wide on Turn 10.