Toyota have made a sweep of the front row of the grid for the Bahrain Grand Prix with Italy’s Jarno Trulli taking a last gasp pole position for Sunday’s race. His team mate Timo Glock secured second place in front of Chinese Grand Prix winner Sebastian Vettel. Jenson Button could only manage fourth in his Brawn. This is Toyota’s best opportunity to take the elusive first victory they have sought since 2002. I still think Button in the Brawn will win the race, as his car is undoubtedly considerably heavier than the three cars that are ahead of him on the grid, but I do hope that Toyota can finally break their duck.
- Jarno Trulli – Toyota
- Timo Glock – Toyota
- Sebastian Vettel – Red Bull Renault
- Jenson Button – Brawn Mercedes
- Lewis Hamilton – McLaren Mercedes
- Rubens Barrichello – Brawn Mercedes
- Fernando Alonso – Renault
- Felipe Massa – Ferrari
- Nico Rosberg – Williams Toyota
- Kimi Raikkonen – Ferrari
- Heikki Kovalainen – McLaren Mercedes
- Kazuki Nakajima – Williams Toyota
- Robert Kubica – BMW Sauber
- Nick Heidfeld – BMW Sauber
- Nelson Piquet – Renault
- Adrian Sutil – Force India Mercedes
- Sebastien Buemi – Toro Rosso Ferrari
- Giancarlo Fisichella – Force India Mercedes
- Mark Webber – Red Bull Renault
- Sebastian Bourdais – Toro Rosso Ferrari
Mark Webber is starting from so far back due to being blocked by Adrian Sutil on his hot lap at the end of Q1. Sutil may get a penalty but I think Webber should have had a quick lap in the bank and not left things until the last minute. It should be fascinating to see if he can drag himself up into a points scoring position. There is no reason for him not scoring a point, as he has the second best car in the field (after the Brawns).
The other points of interest I suppose is to see if Ferrari’s horror season will continue and whether Nelson Piquet can keep his Renault on the road.