Things seem to be getting back to normal in Formula One - now, if only Ferrari could get its act together. . .
Two-time world champion Sebastien Vettel won the pole for the Grand Prix of Bahrain today - his first of the season for Red Bull-Renault Racing with teammate Mark Webber third. Lewis Hamilton will start second for McLaren-Mercedes while his teammate, Jenson Button, will go off fourth in Sunday's race.
Nico Rosberg qualified fifth for Mercedes as that team isn't having a good weekend. Second driver Michael Schumacher had yet another problem with his car and didn't even get out of Q1, leaving him to start 17th.
Fernando Alonso starts ninth for Ferrari and his teammate, Felipe Massa, is slotted in 14th.
Big surprise of the session was rookie Daniel Ricciardo who qualified his Toro Rosso Ferrari sixth (is that him, the car or the engine?) Romain Grosjean (Lotus-Renault), Sergio Perez (Sauber-Ferrari) and Paul di Resta (Force India-Mercedes) complete the top ten (seventh, eighth and tenth).
Although the race continues to look to be on schedule for Sunday, tens of thousands of demonstrators took to the streets of Bahrain on Friday. The all-protests-everywhere Internet support group Anonymous hacked the Formula One website for a few hours on Friday. Demonstrations elsewhere around the world, including in front of Bernie Ecclestone's house in London, were planned for this weekend.