Technical Director James Allison was equally delighted with the team’s first front-row lockout – but isn’t discounting the threat of the Ferraris on Sunday.
“A first pole for Valtteri and it feels excellent,” he said. “It’s lovely to have a front-row lockout and it’s a great reward to Valtteri for three excellent laps in qualifying today. We are all really happy.
“The gap to Ferrari is a little larger than in the first two races but rather than being surprised we’re just grateful for that small bit of breathing space. It will be different again tomorrow when everyone has their cars full of fuel – then we are sure to have our work cut out.
“We’re expecting the weather to change a fair bit for tomorrow, both windier and cooler. But it will be normal fare for Bahrain – tough on the brakes, tough on the drivers. It’ll be a long, hard toil, but hopefully we’ll end up at the front. It’s going to be super tight.”
The action continues on Sunday evening in Sakhir, as the Silver Arrows line up on the front row of the grid for the 2017 Bahrain Grand Prix. Are we in for another epic Desert Duel? You won’t want to miss it…