Ferrari and Leclerc take pole for Bahrain GP

BAHRAIN INTERNATIONAL CIRCUIT, BAHRAIN - MARCH 18: Charles Leclerc, Ferrari F1-75 during the Bahrain GP at Bahrain International Circuit on Friday March 18, 2022 in Sakhir, Bahrain. (Photo by Carl Bingham / LAT Images)

First blood has been drawn with Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc besting Max Verstappen and Ferrari teammate Carlos Sainz to pole position for the first race of the 2022 Formula 1 season.

Most expectations knew Ferrari looked good heading into the season but equally felt Red Bull may have the upper hand. That narrative seemed to break down in qualifying but cautiously speaking, long-run race pace can be quite different to qualifying pace and we shall see on Sunday.

Bahrain GP Qualifying Results

PosNameCarQ1Q2Q3
1Charles LeclercFerrari1m31.471s1m30.932s1m30.558s
2Max VerstappenRed Bull1m31.785s1m30.757s1m30.681s
3Carlos Sainz Jr.Ferrari1m31.567s1m30.787s1m30.687s
4Sergio PérezRed Bull1m32.311s1m31.008s1m30.921s
5Lewis HamiltonMercedes1m32.285s1m31.048s1m31.238s
6Valtteri BottasAlfa Romeo-Ferrari1m31.919s1m31.717s1m31.56s
7Kevin MagnussenHaas-Ferrari1m31.955s1m31.461s1m31.808s
8Fernando AlonsoAlpine-Renault1m32.346s1m31.621s1m32.195s
9George RussellMercedes1m32.269s1m31.252s1m32.216s
10Pierre GaslyAlphaTauri-Red Bull1m32.096s1m31.635s1m32.338s
11Esteban OconAlpine-Renault1m32.041s1m31.782s
12Mick SchumacherHaas-Ferrari1m32.38s1m31.998s
13Lando NorrisMcLaren-Mercedes1m32.239s1m32.008s
14Alex AlbonWilliams-Mercedes1m32.726s1m32.664s
15Guanyu ZhouAlfa Romeo-Ferrari1m32.493s1m33.543s
16Yuki TsunodaAlphaTauri-Red Bull1m32.75s
17Nico HülkenbergAston Martin-Mercedes1m32.777s
18Daniel RicciardoMcLaren-Mercedes1m32.945s
19Lance StrollAston Martin-Mercedes1m33.032s
20Nicholas LatifiWilliams-Mercedes1m33.634s
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Fred

That Ferrari power is really something propelling Haas from the bottom to Q1! Please no big crash on the first lap and give it all back to Mercedes.

Neil

IT might be a bit early to say it. but it was rather strange to see 4 of the 5 eliminated in Q1 running Mercedes Power Units, with the 5th being a Honda. And not a Ferrari in sight. Then to see 4 of the 6 Ferrari powered cars making it to Q3.

Has the balance of power (unit) finally shifted away from Mercedes baked in advantage from day 1 of the Hybrid Turbos?

Neil

You really want to though, I’m sure of it ;)