Lewis Hamilton
Lewis Hamilton took his second pole position of the season under the lights at the Bahrain International CircuitGetty

As predicted, it was a Mercedes front-row lock out, with Lewis Hamilton taking his second consecutive pole ahead of teammate Nico Rosberg by setting the fastest ever lap around the Bahrain International Circuit in what was yet another farcical display of the live elimination qualifying format. The drivers and teams bosses will hope that good sense prevails from the next round.

The Ferrari's of Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen will line up on the second row of the grid and the Silver Arrows team will be wary of another fast start from the Red cars like they did at the season opening Grand Prix in Australia.

Daniel Riccardo put in another impressive drive to finish ahead of the Williams duo of Valtteri Bottas and Felipe Massa to claim fifth, while Nico Hulkenberg rounded off the top eight in the final session of qualifying.

The big shock of the day was when Stoffel Vandoorne, who has taken over driving duties at McLaren-Honda in place of the injured Fernando Alonso, out-qualified his more experienced teammate Jenson Button. He will start in 12th place, while the 2009 World Champion will start in 14th.

The Ferrari's could have the race pace to challenge the Mercedes duo tomorrow, as they demonstrated in Australia when Vettel lead for most of the race, but it will all depend on the start.

Where to watch live

The race starts at 4pm BSTon 3 April, with Sky Sports F1 and Sky Sports F1 HD providing live TV coverage.

Real-time internet updates are available on the Live Timing section of the sport's official website.

Results of qualifying session from the Bahrain International Circuit:

POS.DRIVERTEAM
1LEWIS HAMILTONMERCEDES
2NICO ROSBERGMERCEDES
3SEBASTIAN VETTELFERRARI
4KIMI RÄIKKÖNENFERRARI
5DANIEL RICCIARDORED BULL RACING
6VALTTERI BOTTASWILLIAMS
7FELIPE MASSAWILLIAMS
8NICO HULKENBERGFORCE INDIA
9ROMAIN GROSJEANHAAS
10MAX VERSTAPPENTORO ROSSO
11CARLOS SAINZTORO ROSSO
12STOFFEL VANDOORNEMCLAREN
13ESTEBAN GUTIERREZHAAS
14JENSON BUTTONMCLAREN
15DANIIL KVYATRED BULL RACING
16PASCAL WEHRLEINMANOR
17MARCUS ERICSSONSAUBER
18SERGIO PEREZFORCE INDIA
19KEVIN MAGNUSSEN**RENAULT
20JOLYON PALMERRENAULT
21RIO HARYANTOMANOR
22FELIPE NASRSAUBER

**Kevin Magnussen will start the race from the pits after failing to stop in the pits for a mandatory weight check.