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Verstappen beats Hamilton to pole for F1 Bahrain GP

Verstappen, who was quickest in all three follow periods on the Sakhir observe, and Hamilton duelled for the highest spot by utQ3, with the latter twice taking provisional pole earlier than being usurped.

Hamilton’s first Q3 run of 1m29.549s ended up zero.023s behind Verstappen’s 1m29.526s.

On the second runs, Hamilton improved to a 1m29.383s, however crucially didn’t enhance his private finest time within the center sector.

Verstappen, in contrast, swept to the session’s quickest occasions in all three sectors on his last run, as he took pole with a 1m28.997s.

Valtteri Bottas improved on his last run in Q3 to take third within the second Mercedes, with Charles Leclerc fourth for Ferrari.

Leclerc, like Lance Stroll and Fernando Alonso, solely did on run in Q3 and used his one shot to knock AlphaTauri’s Pierre Gasly again to fifth.

Charles Leclerc, Ferrari SF21

Charles Leclerc, Ferrari SF21

Picture by: Zak Mauger / Motorsport Images

Daniel Ricciardo beat his new McLaren team-mate Lando Norris to sixth, with Carlos Sainz Jr eighth within the second Ferrari.

Sainz had had a nervous second on the finish of Q1 when his engine appeared to chop out on his last run after he’d clattered over the kerbs on the exit of Flip 2 and was compelled to path slowly again to the pits.

Alonso’s F1 qualifying return resulted in ninth, with Stroll shuffled again to 10th after finishing his sole Q3 run within the hole between the vast majority of the shootout runners doing their first and second laps.

Verstappen, the 2 Mercedes drivers and Gasly will begin the race on the medium tyres after getting by Q2 with a big technique benefit over the remainder of the highest 10, because the smooth tyres the remaining will use are more likely to degrade closely within the opening stint.

Sergio Perez’s first qualifying at Crimson Bull didn’t go to plan, as he was knocked out by Norris’s last enchancment on the finish of Q2.

The Mexican driver had had his first Q2 time deleted for operating too vast and falling foul of the observe limits policing on the exit of the Flip four vast right-hander, whereas operating on the medium tyres.

He went once more on the mediums on the finish of Q2 and although he went over a tenth sooner than the deleted lap, different automobiles enhancing behind him meant he was shuffled out of the highest 10.

Antonio Giovinazzi gave scored his finest dry qualifying consequence because the 2019 Brazilian GP with P12, forward of Yuki Tsunoda, who additionally couldn’t get by Q2 on the medium tyres.

The AlphaTauri driver had completed Q1 in P2 however couldn’t replicate his team-mate’s effort on the yellow-walled rubber and was knocked out in 13th.

Kimi Raikkonen completed 15th, forward of George Russell, who obtained out out of Q1 for the 10th time because the begin of final season.

In Q1, a late Flip 1 spin for Haas driver Nikita Mazepin, who additionally spun off at Flip 13 in the beginning of the ultimate sector within the early minutes of the opening section of qualifying, price two high-profile drivers.

Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes W12

Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes W12

Picture by: Zak Mauger / Motorsport Images

A late enchancment for Stroll meant Esteban Ocon was knocked out in P16 and left to rue the spun Haas in entrance of him in the beginning of his last lap – however this was nonetheless his finest time and Ocon could also be susceptible to a post-qualifying stewards’ investigation that can study all occasions set underneath the yellow flags that Mazepin’s off introduced out.

Nicholas Latifi ended up 17th after setting his finest time in Q1 forward of Mazepin’s incident, whereas Sebastian Vettel’s troublesome begin to life at Aston Martin continued as he was knocked out in P18 – one other driver who got here throughout Mazepin’s automotive at Flip 1 on their last laps, and Vettel got here throughout yellows for Sainz’s gradual travelling automotive exiting the Flip eight hairpin.

Mick Schumacher’s enchancment on his last Q1 lap boosted him forward of Mazepin on the all-Haas last row of the grid.

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