Verstappen on ple for Bahrain GP

BAHRAIN, BAHRAIN - MARCH 01: Pole position qualifier Max Verstappen of the Netherlands and Oracle Red Bull Racing talks with Second placed qualifier Charles Leclerc of Monaco and Ferrari and Third placed qualifier George Russell of Great Britain and Mercedes in parc ferme during qualifying ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Bahrain at Bahrain International Circuit on March 01, 2024 in Bahrain, Bahrain. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images) // Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool // SI202403010664 // Usage for editorial use only //

Red BUll’s Max Verstappen put his car on pole position for the Bahrain Grand Prix on Saturday. Lots of questions about who has the fastest car may have been slightly put to bed with Verstappen’s pole but Ferrari have certainly showed good single-lap pace with Charles Leclerc in P2 and Mercedes driver George Russell in P3.

Notable performance from Nico Hulkenberg to qualify 10th as well as both McLaren’s in P7 and P8. Fernando Alonso dragged his Aston Martin up to P6 while Lewis Hamilton struggled down in P9 with his Mercedes.

Now it comes down to long-run race pace and if Ferrari have solved their tire abuse issues over the long run or not.

Bahrain GP Qualifying:

11Max VerstappenRED BULL RACING HONDA RBPT1:30.0311:29.3741:29.17917
216Charles LeclercFERRARI1:30.2431:29.1651:29.40719
363George RussellMERCEDES1:30.3501:29.9221:29.48517
455Carlos SainzFERRARI1:29.9091:29.5731:29.50718
511Sergio PerezRED BULL RACING HONDA RBPT1:30.2211:29.9321:29.53717
614Fernando AlonsoASTON MARTIN ARAMCO MERCEDES1:30.1791:29.8011:29.54214
74Lando NorrisMCLAREN MERCEDES1:30.1431:29.9411:29.61415
881Oscar PiastriMCLAREN MERCEDES1:30.5311:30.1221:29.68318
944Lewis HamiltonMERCEDES1:30.4511:29.7181:29.71018
1027Nico HulkenbergHAAS FERRARI1:30.5661:29.8511:30.50218
1122Yuki TsunodaRB HONDA RBPT1:30.4811:30.12912
1218Lance StrollASTON MARTIN ARAMCO MERCEDES1:29.9651:30.20012
1323Alexander AlbonWILLIAMS MERCEDES1:30.3971:30.22112
143Daniel RicciardoRB HONDA RBPT1:30.5621:30.27812
1520Kevin MagnussenHAAS FERRARI1:30.6461:30.52912
1677Valtteri BottasKICK SAUBER FERRARI1:30.7566
1724Zhou GuanyuKICK SAUBER FERRARI1:30.7576
182Logan SargeantWILLIAMS MERCEDES1:30.7706
1931Esteban OconALPINE RENAULT1:30.7939
2010Pierre GaslyALPINE RENAULT1:30.9489
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Worthless Opinion

Here we go again.