Charles Leclerc makes maiden pole in Bahrain
Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc makes his first Pole position in Bahrain. It was his first ever pole in just 2 races with Ferrari. He became the second youngest Pole-sitter of all time at the Bahrain Grand Prix on Saturday. It turns out that his team mate holds the record for the youngest as he took his first pole when he was 21 years and 72 days old and Leclerc made his at 21 years and 166 days old.
Leclerc was able to come first with a time of 1m27.866s and Sebastian Vettel follows at second place with a time 0.294s and Hamilton of Mercedes comes in third just 0.324s behind Leclerc. The porridge man comes in fourth. It was a one-two for Ferrari who holds first and second places which is great news for the team though having both drivers of their longtime rivals right on their tail. It turned out it was a surprise for Hamilton that they could be so close to the red cars and so, he made some changes to his car overnight. We hope that works for him and his team. He also believes that they can beat Ferrari.
Toto Wolff wasn’t too enthusiastic because of the data surrounding the races. If Bottas had about 1 whole minute ahead of Vettel in Melbourne and both Silver arrow drivers now behind. He also feels that their straight line speed may not be enough as you will need fast cars to get the overtakings required.
The Williams pair were the slowest on the grid with Kubica coming last as much expected. Lance Stroll of Racing point holds the 18th place. Renault’s Nico Hulkenberg holds position 17. Alfa Romeo’s Antonioo Giovinazzi holds 16th place.
F1 Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix 2019 Qualifying
|1||C. Leclerc||Ferrari||1:27.866||11||D. Ricciardo||Renault|
|2||S. Vettel||Ferrari||1:28.160||12||A. Albon||Torro Rosso|
|3||L. Hamilton||Mercedes||1:28.190||13||P. Gasly||Red Bull|
|4||V. Bottas||Mercedes||1:28.256||14||S. Perez||Racing Point|
|5||M. Verstappen||Red Bull||1:28.752||15||D. Kvyat||Torro Rosso|
|6||K. Magnussen||Haas Ferrari||1:28.813||16||A Giovinazzi||Alfa Romeo|
|7||C. Sainz||McLaren||1:28.813||17||N. Hulkenberg||Renault|
|8||R. Grosjean||Haas Ferrari||1:29.015||18||Lance Stroll||Racing Point|
|9||K. Räikkönen||Alfa Romeo||1:29.022||19||G. Russell||Williams|
|10||L. Norris||McLaren||1:29.043||20||Robert Kubica||Williams|
Lando Norris almost crashed into slow moving Haas car driven by Romain Grosjean. He was moving so slowly that the stewards said the speed differential was at 136kph. We cannot but reason why he was on the grid at all if he was going to be driving so slowly. It was also said that he was supposed to be aware of another car’s coming behind him when tmoving abnormally slowly. He was handed a penalty of three place grid drop. It implies that Grosjean will start at P11. He also incurred one penalty on his super license which makes it a total of 8. Note that any driver who gets 12 points over the same period enjoys an automatic one-race ban.