Hamilton takes fourth pole of the season in Bahrain

Lewis Hamilton secured his first pole in Bahrain and his fourth of the season after beating Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel in a thrilling session.

The Briton delivered three purple sectors on his final flying lap to go quickest, jumping ahead of Vettel who finished just three-tenths down in second.

Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg could only manage third with the second Ferrari of Kimi Raikkonen in fourth which will likely be a relief after some poor performances on Saturday and marks his best result since the 2013 German GP.

The Williams duo of Valtteri Bottas and Felipe Massa qualified fifth and sixth respectively. Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo was seventh, whilst team-mate Daniil Kvyat could only manage 17th.

Nico Hulkenberg, Carlos Sainz Jr and Romain Grosjean completed the top ten.

McLaren's day was mixed with Fernando Alonso securing their first Q2 grid slot in 14th, though Jenson Button failed to set a timed lap due to technical troubles.

# Driver Team Q1 Q2 Q3
01. L. Hamilton Mercedes 1:33.928 1:32.669 1:32.571
02. S. Vettel Ferrari 1:34.919 1:33.623 1:32.982
03. N. Rosberg Mercedes 1:34.398 1:33.878 1:33.129
04. K. Raikkonen Ferrari 1:34.568 1:33.540 1:33.227
05. V. Bottas Williams 1:34.161 1:33.897 1:33.381
06. F. Massa Williams 1:34.488 1:33.551 1:33.744
07. D. Ricciardo Red Bull 1:34.691 1:34.403 1:33.832
08. N. Hulkenberg Force India 1:35.653 1:34.613 1:34.450
09. C. Sainz Toro Rosso 1:35.371 1:34.641 1:34.462
10. R. Grosjean Lotus 1:35.007 1:34.123 1:34.484
11. S. Perez Force India 1:35.451 1:34.704
12. F. Nasr Sauber 1:35.310 1:34.737
13. M. Ericsson Sauber 1:35.438 1:35.034
14. F. Alonso McLaren 1:35.205 1:35.039
15. M. Verstappen Toro Rosso 1:35.611 1:35.103
16. P. Maldonado Lotus 1:35.677

17. D. Kvyat Red Bull 1:35.800  
18. W. Stevens Manor 1:38.713  
19. R. Merhi Manor 1:39.722  
20. J. Button McLaren No Time