Time.news – Max Verstappen took the first pole position of the new Formula One season, in the Bahrain Grand Prix: the Dutch Red Bull driver with a time of 1’28 “997 preceded Lewis Hamilton’s Mercedes by 388 thousandths, second, and Valtteri Bottas, third, fourth was the Ferrari of Charles Leclerc, 681 thousandths behind, only eighth was the other red in which Carlos Sainz made his debut.
Fifth time for Pierre Gasly (Alpha Tauri), followed by Daniel Ricciardo (McLaren), Lando Norris (Mclaren), Carlos Sainz (Ferrari), Fernando Alonso (Alpine) and Lance Stroll (Aston Martin). Antonio Giovinazzi’s Alfa Romeo will start twelfth
For Verstappen it is the fourth pole position in his career: “We had a good week of testing – said the 23-year-old Red Bull driver – there are no certainties for the race but so far it has been fantastic, really fun to drive”. “With the changing wind conditions it is not easy to change the car set-up but I am very happy with the pole position”. “The car was stable on both short and long rides, we have a good car. We need a good clean start,” he explained.
Hamilton accepted the lack of pole position and congratulated his rival: “I gave everything I had but it wasn’t enough”, commented the world champion “,” I think it was the best to get right now, we did a great job from testing so far “.
Leclerc in disbelief
Leclerc, with the fourth fastest time, admitted that he went beyond the forecasts: “We didn’t expect to be so competitive, but we have to keep our feet on the ground,” said the Monegasque driver. “For now it seems that we have made a good step forward, the podium is difficult to reach. If we keep the fourth position it will already be a good step”. Spaniard Carlos Sainz admitted some flaws: “In Q3 I lacked a bit of experience, I didn’t like the lap in Q3. I made a mistake in the first sector.”