Lewis Hamilton struggles down in fifth for Bahrain GP opening race as Charles Leclerc takes pole and Verstappen second

FERRARI delivered on their vow to produce a competitive car in 2022 as Charles Leclerc secured a stunning pole in Bahrain. Flying Dutchman Verstappen missed out on pole to Leclerc by just 0.1 seconds, with the Ferrari man leading the way with a time of 1 minute 30.5 seconds. It was a miserable day for Hamilton and Mercedes though as the Brit struggled to find any pace, finishing 0.7 seconds off Leclerc’s time. Speaking on taking home pole, Leclerc said: “It feels good. Elsewhere Verstappen reacted: “We have a good race car, which at the end of the day is the most important.

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