Charles Leclerc secures first career pole position in Bahrain

Charles Leclerc, Ferrari
The Monegasque in his second race with Ferrari scored his first pole position in dominant fashion in Bahrain.

Leclerc maintained the advantage that Ferrari had shown throughout the weekend, broke the unofficial track record and finished 3 tenths ahead of team-mate Sebastian Vettel. Even more, the youngster’s impressive performance goes down in history as the first pole of a Monegasque in Formula 1.

Mercedes, who dominated the Australian Grand Prix, managed to get a little closer to the Italians but failed to get more than the second row with Lewis Hamilton in 3rd and Valtteri Bottas in 4th. Among the disappointments was Red Bull, who’s pace was similar to the middle teams and saw Pierre Gasly again eliminated in Q2.

Mclaren was the positive surprise of the qualifying, guaranteeing its two cars in the Top 10 while being the best team with Renault engines. Haas remained at the top of the middle pack fight, but Renault was left disappointed by losing Hulkenberg in Q1 and Ricciardo in Q2.

Grid starting for the Bahrain Grand Prix

Driver Team Time
1) Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1:27.866
2) Sebastian Vettel Ferrari +0.294
3) Lewis Hamilton Mercedes +0.324
4) Valtteri Bottas Mercedes +0.390
5) Max Verstappen Red Bull +0.886
6) Kevin Magnussen Haas +0.891
7) Carlos Sainz McLaren +0.947
8) Romain Grosjean Haas +1.149
9) Kimi Raikkonen Alfa Romeo +1.156
10) Lando Norris McLaren +1.177
Out in Q2
11) Daniel Ricciardo Renault 1:29.488
12) Alex Albon Toro Rosso 1:29.513
13) Pierre Gasly Red Bull 1:29.526
14) Sergio Perez Racing Point 1:29.756
15) Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso 1:29.854
Out in Q1
16) Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo 1:30.026
17) Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1:30.034
18) Lance Stroll Racing Point 1:30.217
19) George Russell Williams 1:31.759
20) Robert Kubica Williams 1:31.799


Source: Sky Sports F1


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