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
|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