Written by Tanishka Vashee, Edited by Harshi Vashee
The new era of Formula one is back with a bang! With three practice sessions out of the way, one could still not certainly gauge the pace of each team. The qualifying of Bahrain Grand Prix will certainly give us the slightest idea.
Q1 saw the elimination of Nicholas Latifi (P20), Lance Stroll(P19), Daniel Ricciardo (P18), Nico Hulkenberg (P17) and Yuki Tsunoda (P16). A disappointing start to the season for Daniel Ricciardo who has never been out-qualified by a teammate at the Bahrain international circuit, that was until now. Nico Hulkenberg, who is filling in for Sebastian Vettel expressed his disappointment in the lack of pace of the Aston Martin over the radio.
With six minutes on the clock, Kevin Magnussen ran into some hydraulic issues during Q2. Alex Albon had a run around the circuit and headed back to his garage with roughly two minutes on the clock and will be starting P14. Zhou Guanyu made an appearance in Q2 at his debut but missed out, he will be starting P15. McLaren seems to be struggling as Lando Norris settled for 13th place. Haas looked to be in a better position than last year as Mick Schumacher took P12 and Alpine’s Esteban Ocon missed out on Q3 by finishing 11th fastest.
Ferrari is back! Charles Leclerc took pole while his teammate Carlos Sainz took P3 separated by the world champion, Max Verstappen. Red Bull’s Sergio Perez will be starting fourth, followed by Lewis Hamilton, Valterri Bottas, Kevin Magnussen, Fernando Alonso, George Rusell, and Pierre Gasly.
The Bahrain Grand Prix is set to be a firecracker of a race with Charles Leclerc and Max Verstappen on the front row! Will the Mercedes and McLaren cars recover positions? Find out tomorrow!