Sebastian Vettel was back on pole in Bahrain having edged ahead of Lewis Hamilton and Mark Webber...
Sebastian Vettel: "It feels great and I completely owe this one to the team. It wasn't an easy start to the season for us and there was a lot of expectation, but I think more than anything it was about what we expected from ourselves and we didn't match it. We've been working extremely hard on the car, trimming here and there and finding the right way to go forward. The boys haven't had much sleep the last few races - it was a tough race last weekend in China and now here, so it's good to put the car on pole for them. The car felt better all weekend, it wasn't the smoothest qualifying session, I nearly went out in Q1, but it's good to get the pole."
Mark Webber: "The car has been working better here. The first part of qualifying wasn't easy and we both had to go again in Q1. It was a pretty decent session for me and my best qualifying performance at this circuit. Seb did a good lap for pole and we're satisfied to both be at the front. The team has worked very hard and been very focused. We haven't been too strong on Saturdays until now, but we have on Sunday. We can have a good race from there tomorrow; tyre strategy will be very, very important - a lot of drivers, including us, have used a lot of tyres already in qualifying."
Lewis Hamilton: "I'm very happy with how qualifying went and the job the team has done so far this weekend. I've put the car on the front row at every race this year, and I feel this was one of my best qualifying performances so far. Both my laps in Q3 were very good and I feel I got everything out of the car. Fingers crossed for tomorrow: both Red Bull drivers will be very hard to beat in the race, but we're less than a tenth behind on race pace. The start could be key - we've had good launches all season so I expect us to be able to challenge Seb [Vettel] down to Turn One. This season is shaping up to be very interesting: it's anyone's for the taking, at the moment."
Jenson Button: "Fourth position wasn't quite what I'd been hoping for, but it's not too bad. It's always a horrible feeling on your final Q3 lap when the balance isn't quite where you want it. I couldn't get the best from the car so I pitted early to save the tyres. Besides, fourth isn't too bad anyway. The car is definitely a lot better than it was yesterday - we made some improvements overnight. We'd expected the Red Bulls to be very quick in qualifying, so to be close to them is a positive. A nice surprise is that we're ahead of Nico [Rosberg] who was on pole just a week ago. A good launch tomorrow will be very important - both Lewis and I will be starting on the dirty side of the grid, which makes things more difficult, so we'll need to get it right. Tyre management will be crucial too. I'm looking forward to the challenge."
Nico Rosberg: "In general, I felt very comfortable during qualifying today. However, as we have been focusing on our race pace, there is always a compromise in the qualifying set-up. I think that I'm in a good position for the race for tomorrow. I am the only driver in the top five who has a set of new option tyres which can be very useful at this circuit. It will be very important to drive carefully, and find the right tyre management in the race, as the conditions are very tough out there."
Michael Schumacher: "I am obviously very disappointed to have qualified in 18th position on the grid for a race which looks to be quite competitive for us. Unfortunately on my fast lap, which was looking quite good, my DRS broke in the last sector. We tried to fix it in the garage but were not able to go out again. Trying for a lap without DRS on different tyres would not have made sense. We now have to try to see what we can do from here and push as much as possible."
Daniel Ricciardo: "It feels very good and I am very happy with that result. We had a below average week in China with some updates we brought. We persisted with them and we made them work significantly better here, which is down to the hard work of the whole team. My communication with the team was also very good and it has helped us get into Q3. I was happy with my driving and I got better and better in each of the sessions. It's not always you have a day like this, so I can enjoy the moment, bearing in mind that it's tomorrow that counts. Now we have to put it all together for the race and tonight we will be looking at all our strategy options regarding tyres. It helps to go into a race feeling confidence and starting from sixth, I have to focus on scoring as many points as possible, as this is the best chance we have had so far. I hope I am still smiling tomorrow evening."
Jean-Eric Vergne: "I do not understand why I was so slow this afternoon, especially as the car was going well this morning and as can be seen from Daniel's impressive performance. Well done to him. I am keen to get back to the engineers to look at the data and find out why I could not deliver the performance I was hoping for. The track was three degrees warmer this afternoon than in the morning, but I don't think it was down to that. I've started from the lower half of the grid before and then managed to have a good race, so given that I think the car has the potential, that is what I plan to do tomorrow."