Trulli leads an all-Toyota front row in Bahrain 25 Apr 2009
Jarno Trulli and Timo Glock will start the Bahrain Grand Prix from the front row of the grid, after dominating the final session of qualifying at Sakhir on Saturday afternoon.
Jenson Button set the pace in the final runs of Q3, lapping his Brawn in 1m 34.044s. Lewis Hamilton's run for McLaren then yielded 1m 34.196s, but then Glock pushed them both back with 1m 33.712s only to be beaten moments later by Trulli on 1m 33.431s. It was the Italian's first pole since the fated Indianapolis race in 2005.
Sebastian Vettel was also on the move, demoting Button to fourth with a lap of 1m 34.015s for Red Bull.
Alongside Hamilton on the third row will be Rubens Barrichello, who lapped his Brawn in 1m 34.239s. As these words are written, the feeling is that the Brawns may be running heavier fuel loads than their immediate rivals.
Fernando Alonso was seventh for Renault on 1m 34.578s, ahead of Felipe Massa for Ferrari on 1m 34.818s. Nico Rosberg was ninth in the Williams on 1m 35.134s, suggesting a reasonable fuel load, and Kimi Raikkonen completed the top 10 in the second Ferrari on 1m 35.380s.
Vettel had dominated Q2, but Heikki Kovalainen (1m 33.242s), Kazuki Nakajima (1m 33.348s), Robert Kubica (1m 33.487s), Nick Heidfeld (1m 33.562s) and Nelson Piquet (1m 33.941s) failed the make the cut. There had been a large flash fire at the back of Kubica's BMW Sauber during the Q1, and there was a minor repeat in Q2. Both times the blaze was quickly quelled by the team's fireman.
Neither of the Toro Rossos or the Force Indias made it through Q1, in which Vettel had also been fastest. Adrian Sutil lapped his VJM02 in 1m 33.722s ahead of Sebastien Buemi's STR4 on 1m 33.753s. Giancarlo Fisichella was 18th on 1m 33.910s, and Sebastien Bourdais 20th on 1m 34.159s. The big surprise was Mark Webber, down in 19th in his Red Bull. The Australian got into an altercation with Sutil as he completed one flying lap of 1m 34.038s, and the two cars then hampered each other's subsequent lap. Sutil admitted he was at fault, but Webber was not happy.