Bahrain Grand Prix 2018 qualifying live updates and Lewis Hamilton latest

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A round-up of the main talking points from qualifying for the Bahrain Grand Prix, where Sebastian Vettel led a Ferrari lock-out of the front row.

The only sour note for Ferrari was the sight of Raikkonen pulling off the track towards the end of the session with a loose front-right wheel, although the Finn escaped a grid penalty.

You would be a fool not to count him out for at least a podium and if luck should go his way as it did with Vettel in Melbourne, you never know what might happen.

"I was very happy with both laps in the end, and very happy with the result and the way the vehicle was handling and responding", he added.

He heads into Sunday's race on course to become the first driver since Michael Schumacher in 2004 to open the season with consecutive wins for Ferrari.

Vettel said: "I am really happy I got the second run and needed to keep away from the kerb but the auto has been excellent all weekend". But he will start from ninth on Sunday after incurring a grid penalty for an unauthorized gearbox change on his Mercedes.

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff calmed fears for Hamilton's hopes of snatching pole position, claiming Ferrari had been running in a "high power mode". It looked like a similar error, just losing control of the auto through the apex, at a race Red Bull would have hoped to have two cars putting Ferrari under pressure from the very start.

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Lewis Hamilton, who went into the weekend favourite for victory after having seen it snatched away by an ill-timed virtual safety auto two weeks ago at the season-opener in Melbourne, was only fourth fastest, 0.823 seconds off Raikkonen's best.

Earlier, Ricciardo topped the times in opening free practice. We tried some things that didn't work which is why the gap was sometimes bigger.

But he could only manage fourth, failing to improve his time on his final lap and leapfrogged by Bottas.

Raikkonen set the pace with a 1:29.868, leading Red Bull Racing's Max Verstappen by 0.525 seconds, with the Dutchman being his nearest challenger.

"We're focusing on our selves, on the set-up mostly and try to get a better feel which at times was good, other times was not yet there".

Nico Hulkenberg was seventh for Renault ahead of the Toro Rosso of Pierre Gasly and the two McLarens of two-time champion Fernando Alonso and Stoffel Vandoorne. Gasly (Toro Rosso), 6.

Eliminated: 16th Romain Grosjean (Haas), 17th Marcus Ericsson (Sauber), 18th Sergey Sirotkin (Williams), 19th Charles Leclerc (Sauber), 20th Lance Stroll (Williams).

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