Ferrari shouldn’t be counted out despite Hamilton pole

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Lewis Hamilton once again grabbed pole position in this Formula One season as he succeeded in the qualifying for the Bahrain Grand Prix.

The British driver finished ahead of his Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg earlier today, but it was a close fought ahead.

Hamilton only edged out Rosberg by 0.077 seconds and had to leave it until his final attempt to do so.

This indicates we are set for a tight race in Bahrain, that will be made even tighter by the performance of the Ferrari drivers.

Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen finished third and fourth respectively, but will be disappointed not to have done given how well they performed in practice.

The two Ferrari drivers secured a one-two in the final practice before qualifying and the men from Mercedes would have been understandably worried about those in the red cars.

Indeed, Vettel and Raikkonen were second and third before Hamilton’s strong showing and looked like making things more difficult for the Mercedes men.

In the end, the man who finished third in the driver’s championship last year ended up 0.517 seconds behind Hamilton and it didn’t end up as close as the final practice suggested.

However, the events of qualifying and beforehand show their is little between Mercedes and Ferrari in this grand prix.

Furthermore, Hamilton is priced at 8/11 to win the race meaning a victory for the Brit would hardly bring about a great windfall for punters who back the man in pole position.

Therefore, a more sensible bet would be to back either of the Ferrari drivers to end the race in first place.

This event is priced at 7/2 and would be a sensible investment.

Another notable event of qualifying was the F1 debut of Stoffel Vandoorne, with the 24-year-old Belgian looking good and finishing ahead of Jenson Button.

Clearly the youngster was not overawed by his debut and looks good enough to come good on the 6/1 odds that he will finish in the top six.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.

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Dan Ross

After a brief stint as a commentator, Dan took his passion for football into writing and went on to gain an NCTJ in sports journalism. A lifelong Walsall fan, he's followed the Saddlers through the highs, getting to Wembley for the first time ever last season, and the lows, namely relegation to League Two in 2006.