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Sebastian has Bahrain power; FORMULA ONE.

World champ Sebastian Vettel claimed a first pole of the season for Red Bull in the controversial Bahrain Grand Prix.

The German - whose best finish was second at the season-opening Australian Grand Prix - roared home in 1min 32.422sec to finish 00.98sec faster than championship leader Lewis Hamilton in his McLaren.

Vettel's Red Bull team-mate Mark Webber was third followed by the other McLaren of Jenson Button.

Mercedes' Nico Rosberg, who won his first grand prix in China last week, took fifth place while Toro Rosso's Daniel Ricciardo will start sixth in the highest grid position of his short F1 career.

Vettel said: "It's not been an easy start to the season but it feels great to get pole and I owe it to the team."

Hamilton, who overtook Webber on his final qualifying lap, is also looking for his first win of the season, having finished third in the three races to date.

The Englishman insisted he was relishing the chance to take on the two Red Bull drivers.

He said: "I've put the car on the front row at every race this year and I feel this was one of my best qualifying displays."

Rosberg had clocked the fastest time in final practice but a lock-up appeared to cost him several places on the grid.

His team-mate Michael Schumacher failed to get past the first qualifying session and will start back in 18th after suffering problems with his DRS rear wing flap.

Ferrari, meanwhile, continued to struggle with pace with Fernando Alonso their top performer in ninth, one place ahead of Scotland's Paul di Resta in his Force India.


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Publication:Sunday Mail (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Apr 22, 2012
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