Charles Leclerc pips Sebastian Vettel to Bahrain F1 pole on Ferrari’s day

• Monegasque becomes second youngest to take pole at 21y 4m
• Lewis Hamilton third fastest, Valtteri Bottas fourth

Charles Leclerc claimed his first ever pole position taking the top spot for Ferrari at the Bahrain Grand Prix, with his teammate Sebastian Vettel in second. They locked out the front row with a dominant performance that their rivals simply could not match, the form that deserted them in Australia returning with ominous strength In Bahrain. Lewis Hamilton in the Mercedes was in third with his teammate Valtteri Bottas in fourth. Max Verstappen’s Red Bull was in fifth with a good run for Kevin Magnussen in the Haas to take sixth.

Leclerc put in a mighty lap to ensure pole under the floodlights of the Sakhir circuit, displaying once again the pace that Ferrari have had in spades in Bahrain. He took pole with a time of 1min 27.866sec, two-tenths clear of Vettel and a full three-tenths up on Hamilton.

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