Formula 1: Max Verstappen in pole position of Bahrain Grand Prix in front of Sergio Perez and Charles Leclerc

The Dutchman, a double reigning world champion, won pole position on the Sakhir circuit on Saturday, in front of his teammate. The second line is monopolized by the Ferrari.

by mo12345lemonde

We take the same and start again. Four months after the last Grand Prix of the 2022 season in Abu Dhabi, the first four places on the starting grid of the Bahrain Grand Prix will be unchanged. Max Verstappen won pole position during qualifications on Saturday March 4, in front of his teammate Sergio Perez. The Ferrari of Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz will leave in the second line.

The qualifying session was eagerly awaited to give a first idea of ​​the balance of power of the 2023 season. If we believe the chronos, the same teams as the past year could play the outposts: Red Bull and Ferrari. The Mercedes seem to be still a little behind, with the sixth place of George Russell, just ahead of Lewis Hamilton, 7 e .

Only the Aston Martin of Fernando Alonso has intercouled in fifth position. A performance that confirms the good winter trials and the first weekend successful of the British stable since the Spanish pilot had finished at the top of the last two free test sessions. 2> Disappointment for Gasly

Among the French, Esteban Ocon will start in ninth position. On the other hand, the underperformance of the day is to be credited with his teammate and compatriot Pierre Gasly. For his first qualification with Alpine, his new stable, the Norman did not even spend the Q3 in which it is necessary to rank among the fifteen best times. While he had the seventeenth time, his turn was finally canceled for exceeding the limits of the track. He will therefore leave in 20 e and last position on the starting grid, Sunday.

“We will have to work. I was sliding from everywhere in qualifying. For the moment, I have no answer, he reacted, disappointed, at the microphone of Canal+. We go To focus on tomorrow. It was very different, much more complicated about what we expected. “

/Media reports cited above.