Bahrain Grand Prix: Max Verstappen beat Lewis Hamilton in the first round

The Dutchman took pole position for the first Grand Prix of the year.

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.

Max Verstappen
Photo: Mark Thompson (Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool).

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.


“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
Photo: Wolfgang Wilhelm.

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 AlonsoThe 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.


Charles Leclerc
Photo: Scuderia Ferrari Press Office.

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.


Czech Pérez
Photo: Mark Thompson / Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool.

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.


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 °.


pos. No. PILOT CAR Q1 Q2 Q3 VTAS.
1 33 Max Verstappen RED BULL RACING HONDA 1:30.499 1:30.318 1:28.997 15
2 44 Lewis Hamilton MERCEDES 1:30.617 1:30.085 1:29.385 18
3 77 Valtteri Bottas MERCEDES 1:31.200 1:30.186 1:29.586 17
4 16 Charles Leclerc FERRARI 1:30.691 1:30.010 1:29.678 15
5 10 Pierre Gasly ALPHATAURI HONDA 1:30.848 1:30.513 1:29.809 15
6 3 Daniel Ricciardo MCLAREN MERCEDES 1:30.795 1:30.222 1:29.927 18
7 4 Lando Norris MCLAREN MERCEDES 1:30.902 1:30.099 1:29.974 18
8 55 Carlos Sainz FERRARI 1:31.653 1:30.009 1:30.215 17
9 14 Fernando Alonso ALPINE RENAULT 1:30.863 1:30.595 1:30.249 15
10 18 Throw Stroll ASTON MARTIN MERCEDES 1:31.261 1:30.624 1:30.601 15
11 11 Sergio Perez RED BULL RACING HONDA 1:31.165 1:30.659 11
12 99 Antonio Giovinazzi ALFA ROMEO RACING FERRARI 1:30.998 1:30.708 12
13 22 Yuki Tsunoda ALPHATAURI HONDA 1:30.607 1:31.203 9
14 7 Whom Raikkönen ALFA ROMEO RACING FERRARI 1:31.547 1:31.238 12
15 63 George Russell WILLIAMS MERCEDES 1:31.316 1:33.430 11
16 31 Stephen Or with ALPINE RENAULT 1:31.724 6
17 6 Nicholas Latifi WILLIAMS MERCEDES 1:31.936 8
18 5 Sebastian Hag ASTON MARTIN MERCEDES 1:32.056 6
19 47 Mick Schumacher HAAS FERRARI 1:32.449 6
20 9 Nikita Mazepin HAAS FERRARI 1:33.273 7


pos. No. pilot auto tiempo diff. laps.
1 33 Max Verstappen RED BULL RACING HONDA 1:30.577 11
2 44 Lewis Hamilton MERCEDES 1:31.316 +0.739s 14
3 10 Pierre Gasly ALPHATAURI HONDA 1:31.583 +1.006s 13
4 77 Valtteri Bottas MERCEDES 1:31.855 +1.278s 16
5 11 Sergio Perez RED BULL RACING HONDA 1:31.908 +1.331s 11
6 55 Carlos Sainz FERRARI 1:32.108 +1.531s 16
7 7 Whom Raikkönen ALFA ROMEO RACING FERRARI 1:32.224 +1.647s 15
8 31 Stephen Or with ALPINE RENAULT 1:32.423 +1.846s 11
9 18 Throw Stroll ASTON MARTIN MERCEDES 1:32.431 +1.854s 13
10 3 Daniel Ricciardo MCLAREN MERCEDES 1:32.477 +1.900s 12
11 16 Charles Leclerc FERRARI 1:32.482 +1.905s 17
12 99 Antonio Giovinazzi ALFA ROMEO RACING FERRARI 1:32.500 +1.923s 11
13 22 Yuki Tsunoda ALPHATAURI HONDA 1:32.709 +2.132s 15
14 5 Sebastian Hag ASTON MARTIN MERCEDES 1:32.755 +2.178s 15
15 14 Fernando Alonso ALPINE RENAULT 1:32.820 +2.243s 15
16 4 Lando Norris MCLAREN MERCEDES 1:32.860 +2.283s 10
17 63 George Russell WILLIAMS MERCEDES 1:33.323 +2.746s 14
18 47 Mick Schumacher HAAS FERRARI 1:33.422 +2.845s 14
19 9 Nikita Mazepin HAAS FERRARI 1:33.622 +3.045s 14
20 6 Nicholas Latifi WILLIAMS MERCEDES 1:33.959 +3.382s 16



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