Because of an unfair release pit stop, Raikkonen and his team could be fined, or even issued a three-place demotion from the grid wherever Raikkonen finishes in qualifying on Saturday.
The German made a mistake on his first attempt to set a time and was initially second behind Kimi Raikkonen, but he leapfrogged his team-mate at the chequered flag with a sensational lap.
The German, victor previous year on this circuit, lapped the 5.4-km Sakhir track in a time of one minute 27.958 seconds on Saturday, edging Raikkonen by a margin of 0.143 seconds.
Sebastian Vettel in action during the Bahrain Grand Prix qualifying.
Then there's just how far Hamilton can get back up using his alternative tyre strategy and starting on a tyre which has looked the best of the three available over the weekend.
Although there was little the Silver Arrows could have done about the circumstances that allowed Vettel to take the initiative two weeks ago, not converting pole position into a win would have stung Hamilton.
The British star had wound up fourth fastest earlier in Friday's second free practice session at the Bahrain International Circuit.
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.
But he could only manage fourth, failing to improve his time on his final lap and leapfrogged by Bottas.
Aside from the two title favourites, there will be a number of other storylines to keep an eye on, especially whether Red Bull pair Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen can respond after missing out on podium places in Melbourne. It looked like we were a bit quicker than the rest but it depends a bit on the programme.
"It is a very different circuit, different tarmac, different temperatures, so for sure we need to understand completely why".
The surprise performance of the first session was executed by Pierre Gasly who brought his Toro Rosso home seventh quickest in a time of 1:32:779 ahead of both Renaults, both McLarens and one Haas.
He headed Renault's Nico Hulkenberg, separated from his team-mate Carlos Sainz in 10th by Force India's Esteban Ocon.
Such support came as no surprise given their performances on the track, Williams finding it particularly hard as Lance Stroll and Sergey Sirotkin finished FP2 17th and 18th respectively.
In between, Stoke levelled through Mame Diouf, but the loss meant they are four points from safety with five games to go. Stoke are second from bottom with 27 points from 32 games and face an uphill task to ensure their survival.
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They are unable to digest that a poor person born into a backward family is serving as Prime Minister", PM Modi to BJP carders. Recalling the foundation of the BJP, Modi said: "BJP was born Mumbai in extremely tough circumstances.
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Elise Stefanik, of NY , and Carlos Curbelo and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, both of Florida - have also called on Pruitt to resign. Pruitt was accompanied by nine aides and a security detail during a trip to Italy in June that cost more than $120,000.
One man escaped pretending to be a Muslim from Bangladesh; he claims that he saw his comrades being executed by the terror group. Gen VK Singh said that govt did not have any record of the 40 Indians as they had gone to Iraq through illegal travel agents.
Clearview's Iddy Acevedo and Allen each mustered a single, the only hits on the day for the Clippers' (1-1, 0-1 PAC) offense. Hansen had three hits in three tries, batting in two runs, while Alec Williams and Masen Ward also had two runs batted in.
So to determine the number around the Galactic Center, the researchers had to delve into their knowledge of black hole physics. The newly discovered black holes are within about 30.9 trillion kilometres of the supermassive black hole at the centre.
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Army: Two died in helicopter crash in Kentucky
An AH-64E Apache helicopter crashed in a training area at the sprawling army post that straddles the Kentucky-Tennessee line. Officials say the names of the deceased will not be released until late on Saturday after next-of-kin have been notified.
California quake shakes things up in eagle family's nest
On social media, people across the Southern California region reported feeling the quake, with many describing it as "rolling". Isla Vista experienced a 5.3 magnitude quake on Thursday afternoon, according to United States Geological Services (USGS).
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Over the last few games, we cared.They came out with a better strategy, being more aggressive than us. For starters, it was played in front of a crowd eager to get their one look at the best of the best.
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His shot was blocked by City keeper Ederson but Firmino pounced on the loose ball and slipped it to Salah, who fired home. Suarez effectively vanquished those hopes, however, by scoring for the first time in the Champions League in over a year.
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Her nondisclosure agreement subjects her to fines of $1 million for each infraction an arbitrator rules was prohibited. On Monday, Trump's lawyers sought to get that lawsuit out of federal court and into private arbitration .