Max Verstappen lays down marker with masterful Bahrain F1 GP pole

The Red Bull driver delivered a masterful, controlled lap of the Sakhir circuit to beat his teammate Sergio Pérez into second place. However on their first hot runs Verstappen set the benchmark, with a 1min 29.897sec lap just a tenth up on Leclerc. Both Mercedes cars and Alonso opted to save a set of tyres for the race and do only one run in Q3. The pole is just the start to the season Verstappen wanted and to an extent the team were expected to make. They had looked impressive in testing and then practice in Bahrain before fully unleashing the car in qualifying and Verstappen duly delivered with the same precision he showed in closing out a dominant championship-winning season last year. He took eight poles and 15 wins from 22 races in 2022 and this, his 21st career pole, suggests the car will be even more competitive over the single-lap discipline this season.

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