F1 qualifying: Max Verstappen takes pole in Bahrain for first race of the season

BBC Sport and 5 Live will both broadcast live coverage of the Bahrain Grand Prix.

Max Verstappen of Red Bull drove a brilliant race to take pole position in the Bahrain Grand Prix, which marks the start of the season.

Charles Leclerc of Ferrari was second, and the world champion was faster by 0.228 seconds. Carlos Sainz of Ferrari placed third, followed by George Russell of Mercedes.

Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes was only 0.225 seconds behind teammate Russell in eighth place.

Lando Norris of McLaren and Fernando Alonso of Aston Martin were ahead of Red Bull’s Sergio Perez in fifth place.

Verstappen’s final lead was not as large as many in Formula One had anticipated it would be prior to the weekend; some had projected the three-time winner to be 0.5 seconds ahead of the pack.

The fact that only Leclerc was able to surpass Verstappen’s time on old tires in his first run in the final qualifying round, and even then by just 0.014 seconds, highlighted his superiority.

In light of Red Bull’s customary performance pattern, which sees them strengthen their lead in races relative to qualifying, he appears .

destined for his maiden season triumph, capping a run of victories that dates back to late September of last year in Japan.

Furthermore, his play portends poorly for a competitive season at the.

Verstappen remarked, “That was a lot of fun.” “The track has a lot of grip, but it has been difficult to complete a lap in the wind, and today was no exception.

It was a bit challenging to truly extract everything in Q3. Although it was somewhat unexpected, we were fortunate to have the car during qualifying, which made me feel slightly better about the entire vehicle.

“We were fortunate to have made progress and be able to exert a little more pressure during qualifying; we only needed to adjust a few things to achieve that ideal balance.

“The race will also be quite close. We do appear well, and I have faith that we can.

Leclerc believed he had not used all of his potential in the last practice and had the pace to take pole.

He admitted, “I am a little let down.” “During qualifying, I discovered the sweet spot.

We are in a better position than we were a year ago, so that is positive. This qualifies really well. We now need to watch how tomorrow’s race pace plays out.

“I ran a in  which was almost the same time as Max ran in  but at the beginning of Q3, I lost a little bit of rhythm on the old tires.

“We really think Red Bull is still ahead by quite a bit in the race but we see tomorrow.”

Perez began the campaign under.

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