Davide Valsecchi kept his 100% record from qualifying this season, taking pole again at Bahrain International Circuit. The DAMS driver posted a time of 1:41.200 for pole, nearly 3 tenths of a second faster than Lotus GP’s Esteban Gutierrez, who will be just behind Valsechhi on the grid. Given that Valsecchi has already experienced victory in Bahrain, he looks set to repeat the feat in tomorrow’s race. It was a good session for DAMS, as Valsecchi’s team-mate Felipe Nasr qualified 3rd.
Sepang’s sprint race winner James Calado did not have such a good session, as he set only the 8th fastest lap time of the session. Thanks to Marcus Ericsson having a 10-place grid penalty, however, he will start 7th. The Swedish iSport International driver performed better than he did last round, and starting from 17th looks set to cut through the field in front of him.
Luiz Razia, winner of the feature race at Sepang, will start from 8th. Given that he had previously won at Bahrain, and that he had performed better in free practice, the Brazilian driver will likely be disappointed that he will not start from higher up the grid.
Grid for Bahrain Feature Race
|11.||Giedo van der Garde||1:42.139|
1Marcus Ericsson given a 10-place grid penalty from Malaysia
2Brendon Hartley given a 5-place grid penalty for causing a collision with Giedo van der Garde