Race Preview

The Circuit de Catalunya plays host to the fifth round of the 2012 FIA Formula One World Championship with the teams returning to Europe after four fly-away events.

Vettel wins in Bahrain

Red Bull Racing’s Sebastian Vettel won the Bahrain Grand Prix, leading from lights to chequered flag as the unpredictable 2012 F1 season took another twist.

Vettel back on top

After struggling in qualifying in the opening three rounds of the season, Red Bull Racing found their way back to the front of grid today as Sebastian Vettel claimed his first pole of the year.

Rosberg shows qualifying pace

Mercedes’ Nico Rosberg held off a challenge from Red Bull Racing to top the final practice session ahead of qualifying for the Bahrain Grand Prix.

Rosberg on top again

Mercedes’ Nico Rosberg followed his victory in China by setting the fastest lap in Friday practice for the Bahrain Grand Prix.
In difficult, changeable conditions at Sakhir, Mercedes managed 106 laps as, like its rivals, it sought to develop tyre data for a circuit and surface that has very different characteristics to the ones experienced last week in China. Rosberg set fastest lap in the afternoon with a time of 1:32.816, nearly half a second ahead of Red Bull’s Mark Webber.

Rosberg makes history with victory

Nico Rosberg converted his maiden pole position into a first career victory at the Chinese Grand Prix to hand Mercedes its first win as a constructor since 1955. He was followed to the flag by the McLarens of Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton.

Magical day for Mercedes

Nico Rosberg claimed a first pole position and will start the Chinese Grand Prix with Michael Schumacher alongside him in the first all-Mercedes front row since the 1950s. 

McLaren quickest in FP3

Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button finished third practice in dominant form ahead of qualifying for the Chinese Grand Prix. 
Hamilton finished the session a tenth ahead of his team-mate with the Mercedes of Nico Rosberg and Michael Schumacher occupying third and fourth ahead of Mark Webber’s Red Bull. The second Red Bull of World Champion Sebastian Vettel was down in ninth, with the Williams of Pastor Maldonado and the Saubers of Sergio Pérez and Kamui Kobayashi between him and his team-mate.

Mercedes and McLaren dominate

Lewis Hamilton finished FP1 on top while Michael Schumacher headed the list in FP2 as Mercedes-power took charge in Shanghai.