Formula 1

Charles Leclerc takes debut pole in Bahrain

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Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc took his maiden pole position under the lights in Bahrain.

Leclerc has been in top form all weekend and he went on to take top spot in all three qualifying sessions.

Speaking of his pole position the Monegasque driver said: “I am extremely happy. In the last race I was not very happy with my qualifying. I made some mistakes in Q3 and I really worked hard to try and not make the same mistakes here and it seems like we did quite a good job.”

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Ferrari locked out the front row with Sebastian Vettel finishing 0.294s behind in third.

Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas will line up on the second row in tomorrow’s race. Mercedes had no answer for the Ferrari’s who have been a long way ahead in all sessions so far.

Max Verstappen was yet again the first driver to finish behind the red and silver cars as he took fourth. Red Bull will be hoping he can maximise points as Verstappen’s teammate Pierre Gasly had another difficult qualifying.

The Frenchman was knocked out in Q2 after complaining “I can’t put the throttle down, I don’t know why – it snaps everywhere”. He will line up 13th tomorrow, behind the Toro Rosso of Alex Albon.

Kevin Magnussen had a repeat performance of his qualifying in Melbourne, taking fifth while Carlos Sainz finished just behind.

The second Haas of Romain Grosjean will line up eighth tomorrow ahead of Kimi Raikkonen and Lando Norris.

Daniel Ricciardo just missed out on his first top ten qualifying session of the year in 11th. His teammate Nico Hulkenberg had a disastrous result, finishing down in 17th having spent all practice sessions within the top ten.

Sergio Perez only had one run on the soft tyres which put him in to 14th ahead of Daniil Kvyat in the Toro Rosso who failed to improve on his second timed lap.

Alfa Romeo Rookie Antonio Giovinazzi will line up 16th and the Racing Point of Lance Stroll qualified 18th.

Once again, both Williams drivers qualified on the back row of the grid with George Russell ahead of Robert Kubica.

Despite Kubica being out-qualified once again, the Pole was only 0.04s behind his teammate.


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