A spectacular lap allowed Max Verstappen (Red Bull) stay with pole position for him Bahrain Grand Prix, first date of Formula 1 World Championship that is celebrated in the circuit of Sakhir.
Verstappen, who dominated both rehearsals on Friday and was also the fastest in the last practice, scored 1: 28.997 / 1000 to stay with his fourth pole position and take the honor from the champion Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes), who was relegated to second place.
The Red Bull youngster showed his intention to start ahead already in the first part of the timed run that he dominated with 1:30.499. In the second, meanwhile, that honor went to the Spanish Carlos Sainz (Ferrari) with 1: 30.009.
In the final Q3 the battle for pole had only Verstappen and Hamilton as protagonists with a final result that favored the Dutchman over the Englishman, who was 388/1000 behind his rival.
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“The car has been working very well and it has been really nice to drive. With the wind changing a lot in each session it was not easy to set up the car, but everything worked perfectly in qualifying. I'm very happy with the pole position ”, Verstappen explained.
The first five positions were completed by the Finn Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes), at 589/1000; and the Monegasque Charles Leclerc (Ferrari), 681/1000 behind the poleman.
LEWIS HAMILTON GAVE EVERYTHING, BUT HE DIDN'T GET HIM
Hamilton will have to wait one more race to try to get closer to his pole position number 100 (he is 98) is that in the classification of the GP Bahrain he could not do anything before the supremacy of Verstappen. "He was very fast on that last lap1!"exclaimed the Sevenfold. “I absolutely gave everything I had, but unfortunately it wasn't enough. There is always more, but it was the best I could do, I got everything I could from the car ", Agregó.
FERNANDO ALONSO IN THE TOP 10
The Spanish Fernando Alonso he showed himself at a great level in his first timed run after a two-year absence from the category. The pilot of Alpine ranked seventh in Q1 with 1: 30.873; while in the remaining two it was ranked ninth with 1: 30.595 and, finally, 1:30.249.
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GOOD JOB FROM LECLERC AND SAINZ
After a 2020 full of bitterness, Ferrari seems to lift its head. At least he made a good qualification with his two drivers in the Top 10. Leclerc will start in the second row after achieving the fourth time; while Sainz will start eighth. The Madrilenian could not round off a good lap to try to be further ahead, something that happened in Q2.
THE DISAPPOINTMENT OF SERGIO PÉREZ
The Mexican Sergio Pérez he was left with the desire to participate in Q3 and will start the Bahrain GP from 11th place. “It was not the expected classification. I didn't do the lap I had to do, but every kilometer in the car helps me a lot to understand it better. It has a very peculiar handling style and a very small work window ... You have to be patient ", recognized the Aztec after his first classification with Red Bull.
YUKI TSUNODA, THE BEST DEBUTANT
The Japanese Yuki tsunoda (AlhpaTauri) was the best rookie in the standings with his 13th place. The rookies of HaasMeanwhile, they could do little and will start from the last row with the German Mick Schumacher 19th (behind his compatriot Sebastian Vettel from Aston Martin ...) and the Russian Nikita mazepin, 20 °.
2021 BAHRAIN GRAND PRIZE CLASSIFICATION
|1||33||RED BULL RACING HONDA||1:30.499||1:30.318||1:28.997||15|
|10||18||ASTON MARTIN MERCEDES||1:31.261||1:30.624||1:30.601||15|
|11||11||RED BULL RACING HONDA||1:31.165||1:30.659||11|
|12||99||ALFA ROMEO RACING FERRARI||1:30.998||1:30.708||12|
|14||7||ALFA ROMEO RACING FERRARI||1:31.547||1:31.238||12|
|18||5||ASTON MARTIN MERCEDES||1:32.056||6|
PRACTICE 3 BAHRAIN GRAND PRIZE 2021
|1||33||RED BULL RACING HONDA||1:30.577||11|
|5||11||RED BULL RACING HONDA||1:31.908||+1.331s||11|
|7||7||ALFA ROMEO RACING FERRARI||1:32.224||+1.647s||15|
|9||18||ASTON MARTIN MERCEDES||1:32.431||+1.854s||13|
|12||99||ALFA ROMEO RACING FERRARI||1:32.500||+1.923s||11|
|14||5||ASTON MARTIN MERCEDES||1:32.755||+2.178s||15|