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We're back tomorrow from 12.30pm UK time for full coverage of the race - stay with us in the meantime for all the latest developments from Bahrain.

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Vettel nicks it at the death yet again! 1-Vettel, 2-Hamilton, 3-Webber, 4-Button, 5-Rosberg, 6-Ricciardo, 7-Grosjean, 8-Perez, 9-Alonso, 10-Di Resta.

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Hamilton... P2! And P4 for Button. POLE POSITION FOR VETTEL!!

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Webber goes P1, but THEN VETTEL TRUMPS HIM!!

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Here's Rosberg... he's a tenth up after the first sector... but slightly down after the middle sector... ONLY P4!

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Everybody out on the track...

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So, let's steel ourselves for the second and final blast. Mercedes readying Nico Rosberg for his only hot lap.

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P4 for Vettel - he rather specialises in these late charges.

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Hamilton P1 1:32.671, just ahead of Button and Webber - fractions in it.

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Vettel, Webber, Button, Hamilton and Alonso on the track. The others might be settling for just a single stint.

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Jenson Button is the first man out of the pits, and he is on used soft tyres.

Q3

And we're under way! Ten minutes to determine the grid...

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And in Q3: Vettel, Webber, Button, Hamilton, Alonso, Rosberg, Grosjean, Di Resta, Perez, Ricciardo.

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Eliminated: 11-Raikkonen, 12-Kobayashi, 13-Hulkenberg, 14-Massa, 15-Senna, 16-Kovalainen, 17-Maldonado.

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Great lap from Perez to condemn Massa... and here comes Grosjean! All change on the timesheet and big names are tumbling. Alonso saves his bacon with a last gasp P4.

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Di Resta goes fifth, which pushes Fernando Alonso into 11th! The Spaniard is on track and needs a lap - and if he does it he could relegate his team-mate Massa!

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Massa climbs to P9, but that may not be enough to qualify. Rob Smedley looks happy, however.

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Heikki Kovalainen has not posted a lap yet, presumably for the same reason. He has little realistic chance of making Q3. Still, seems a shame not to try having made it past the first cut.

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Pastor Maldonado is not going to post a time in Q2, and will settle for 22nd on the grid with that five-place penalty for changing his gearbox. Not running allows him to start the race with his preferred setup.

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Very tight at the top, with eight drivers under the 1:34 mark.

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In the danger zone: 11-Grosjean, 12-Ricciardo, 13-Massa, 14-Hulkenberg, 15-Di Resta, 16-Maldonado, 17-Kovalainen.

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1:33.209 from Hamilton - P1 and faster than Nico Rosberg. Great lap from the Briton.

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Felipe Massa is an early P1 with 1:34.861...

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Michael Schumacher has said he did not do a second run in Q1 because of a problem with the rear wing - not a tactical blunder.

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Massa, Di Resta and Hulkenberg are out on the track.

Q2

The second session is under way - 15 minutes to bin off another seven drivers.

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That's a tremendous effort by Heikki Kovalainen and Caterham to get into Q2.

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Eliminated from Q1: 18-Schumacher, 19-Vergne, 20-Petrov, 21-Pic, 22-De La Rosa, 23-Glock, 24-Karthikeyan.

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Kovalainen P17 and that means MICHAEL SCHUMACHER IS OUT!! Disaster for Mercedes! They look the pick of the bunch, but a terrible miscalculation has seen the great man dumped out.

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Maldonado is P18 but this looks like a quicker lap... he goes P13 and that relegates Vergne!

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Into the final minute, and what changes will we see at the business end?

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Jean-Eric Vergne goes P10 on soft rubber.

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Timo Glock clocks a 1:37.9 - he's still in the danger zone but that lap gets him within 107%.

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Most of leading runners are in the pits. It looks like anything under 1:36 should be OK.

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The bottom seven: Senna, Petrov, Vergne, De La Rosa, Kathikeyan, Pic, Glock.

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P1 for Grosjean, 1:34.041. Raikkonen P2.

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Mark Webber lets a couple of cars past him as he seeks a bit of empty track.

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Decent laps from Alonso, Button, Vettel, Schumacher, Webber - all under 1:35.3 and they should all be safe.

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Hamilton has a bit of a moment, locking up into turn eight and running wide; that will cost him a potential quick lap.

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Fernando Alonso comes out on soft tyres! Not willing to risk it on medium compound rubber - a sign of Ferrari's troubles.

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Nico Hulkenberg leads the way with a 1:35.970 lap. That will improve.

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Felipe Massa is the first 'big gun' to come out of the pits, but in all honesty it would hardly be a surprise if he exited in Q1.

Q1

Qualifying is under way - the P1 format is this: a 20-minute session, at the end of which we eliminate the bottom seven drivers.

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Welcome to LIVE coverage of qualifying for the Bahrain GP from Sakhir.