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F1 Bahrain Grand Prix Qualifying: Vettel Takes Pole, Schumacher 7th

Michael Schumacher would need his best on Sunday’s race day at the F1 season-opening Bahrain Grand Prix after mustering only a seventh-place finish in the qualifying round. Schumacher and his Mercedes GP could not match Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel, who took the pole with a time of 1m 54.101s. Schumacher remained positive about his chances, saying that “it is a long race and the season is even longer.”

Ferrari’s Felipe Massa, who has amazingly recovered from a life-threatening and career-ending crash at the Hungarian Grand Prix in July, took second place with a time of 1m 54.24s. Ferrari’s new driver Fernando Alonso came in third, followed by McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton, who ended up more than a second behind Vettel. Mercedes GP’s Nico Rosberg, who dominated the practice runs the other day, could only finish fifth this time. Vettel’s Red Bull teammate, Mark Webber, came in sixth.

Defending world champion Jenson Button could not get things going in his McLaren, and finished the qualifying in eighth spot.