Bahrain Grand Prix qualifying LIVE REACTION: Max Verstappen pips Lewis Hamilton to pole after Q3 – latest updates

LEWIS HAMILTON is back as he looks to become the first man in history to win eight F1 world championships. Max Verstappen took pole in the Bahrain GP with a sensational lap that gave Red Bull their first back-to-back pole positions since 2013. Hamilton said: “Every deficit is difficult to take and it is the first race of the season and Red Bull have the quicker car in Bahrain than us. Verstappen held off the challenge of Lewis Hamilton to take first place on the grid for the Bahrain Grand Prix. “My first lap in Q3 wasn’t amazing but finally, the balance was there. The Bahrain Grand Prix starts at 4pm on Sunday with Max Verstappen on pole for Red Bull. And Max Verstappen certainly backed this up with a dominant performance in qualifying. Verstappen tells Sky Sports’ David Coulthard: “We had a good week of testing. Verstappen in P2, but has damage to the floor of his car.

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