Bahrain Grand Prix: Max Verstappen on pole from Sergio Perez as Red Bull lock out front row

Leclerc had been second after the first runs in final qualifying, 0.103secs behind Verstappen, but Ferrari chose not to do a second run to enable them to start the race on new tyres rather than used so he lost out on a second chance to try to get ahead. In the end, the grid had a look many would have predicted after testing last week, but Verstappen said it had not been easy. In the end, I wasn’t totally comfortable with the balance but to getting this kind of start to the season with the team was really special.”. Aston Martin were very quick, Mercedes were very quick at some times. In the race run, we seem to have bit of a weakness for now. In the end, that was a step too far, and Alonso ended up just over 0.5secs off Verstappen’s pace, having done just one run on new tyres in the final session rather than Red Bull’s two.

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