Qualifying Report – A narrow margin

Valtteri Bottas earned the 16th pole of his F1 career after beating his new Mercedes teammate George Russell by the narrow margin 0.026 of a second in qualifying for the Sakhir Grand Prix. Verstappen, Perez, Ricciardo, Sainz, Stroll and Albon were out front. The fastest 15 drivers who moved on to Q2 were: Bottas, Verstappen, Russell, Norris, Gasly, Perez, Leclerc, Vettel, Ocon, Kvyat, Ricciardo, Sainz, Giovinazzi, Stroll and Albon. Perez, Bottas, Sainz, Russell, Stroll and Leclerc were the top six. The five drivers who were eliminated at the end of Q2 were: Ocon, Albon, Vettel, Giovinazzi and Norris. The fastest 10 drivers who moved on to Q3 were: Verstappen, Perez, Bottas, Sainz, Russell, Leclerc, Stroll, Kvyat, Ricciardo and Gasly. So Verstappen, Leclerc, Perez and Ricciardo rounded out the top six. And afterwards the top 10 qualifiers were: Bottas, Russell, Verstappen, Leclerc, Kvyat, Ricciardo, Sainz, Gasly and Stroll.

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