Lewis Hamilton, during the Bahrain GP
Some optimist hoped that Lewis Hamilton did not crush his rivals in the rankings, but except for a Max verstappen that he tried, nobody could avoid the 98th pole of the Briton. Again, the usual trio in the lead: Hamilton, Bottas, Verstappen.
Carlos Sainz he did not have a good day, as his participation in qualifying lasted only one lap, the one he gave in Q3. In Q2, a breakdown forced him to leave before he had set a time. It will start 15th.
Q1: Hamilton, the only one who does not doubt
In highly changing track conditions, traffic management was key in this first round of qualifying. Thus, the only ones without problems were the Mercedes and Verstappen, although everyone had to be very attentive to how the performance of the asphalt was improving.
Thus, some played it, like a Carlos Sainz that marked the 7th time with a single attempt. Others like Lance StrollThey had to do two, although in the second he was just behind the fastest, Lewis Hamilton.
Lando Norris almost paid for his excess of optimism, as he made the cut in 15th place, from a session in which they fell Antonio Giovinazzi, Kimi Raikkonen, Kevin Magnussen, Romain Grosjean and Nicholas Latifi, to whom George Russell won again and go 15-0 for the British.
Times Table Q1 Bahrain Grand Prix
Q2: Sainz, KO
The second batch started with everyone on medium tires except the men from AlphaTauri, who played on soft tires. Among those performing well was Carlos Sainz, which however lasted very little.
However, the session ended very early for the Spanish. He was facing the first corner of the circuit when his McLaren got stuck and spun. In the absence of confirming where the fault is, everything points to an engine problem.
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With the resumption, Hamilton put more than four tenths to Verstappen Y Bottas, while from behind some paid dearly for not having mounted the soft. Thus, the eliminated were Vettel, Leclerc, Stroll, Russell Y Sainz.
Times table Q2 Bahrain Grand Prix
Q3: Hamilton is unrivaled
Max verstappen tried to embarrass Lewis Hamilton in the fight for pole, and although in the first attempt he got to a tenth, he fell short. Valtteri Bottas, as has happened all weekend, behind his partner and the Dutchman.
But if the seven-time champion is the rider who has achieved the most poles in his history, it is because he knows how to squeeze everything when he should. Hamilton lost more than two tenths his best time, with what neither Verstappen nor Bottas could, although the Finn surpassed Red Bull for second place.