The tyres strategy will once again play an important role in deciding the outcome of the Bahrain Grand Prix tomorrow morning.
Bridgestone’s super-soft and medium tyres have been allocated for the fourth race of the season and with an ambient temperature of 40 degrees centigrade, the teams finally got to drive on a hot and dry track.
Soft compound tyres were the prime choice in qualifying today with all teams running on them for the extra grip needed in the Bahrain circuit.
Italian veteran Jarno Trulli seized pole position for Toyota, with his team-mate German Timo Glock sitting comfortably behind him in second place.
Sebastian Vettel, who took the title in rain-drenched Shanghai last week for Red Bull, is starting third, with the British pair of Jenson Button for Brawn and Lewis Hamilton for McLaren in fourth and fifth respectively.
Button said: “It’s a long race and it’s bloody hot. If you’re not looking after your tyres you are going to struggle.
“We’ve definitely got a consistent pace with a long run whereas others, after four or five laps, their times are going sky high.”
Alex Kapadia, Operations Team