Lewis Hamilton takes pole position for Bahrain Grand Prix

Lewis Hamilton takes pole position for Bahrain Grand Prix

Max Verstappen was third ahead of his Red Bull teammate Alex Albon, who made a remarkable recovery in a auto built with a new chassis overnight following his heavy crash in second practice on Friday.

However that was little consolation for the 23-year-old Dutchman who felt that Red Bull should have been more ambitious when it came to their approach to this week's race.

Mario Isola, Pirelli's head of F1 said: "We get to experience something quite different during both weekends in Bahrain". "The risk we take is no joke for those of you out there that forget that we put our life on the line for this sport and for what we love to do".

"All the time I've had the feeling that I have the speed but I haven't quite put it all together". Seriously, I get along very well with him but at the moment I am not getting carried away with such thoughts. It was a shame to finish such a good race behind the safety auto, and again close to the points, however, it was a strong weekend overall and we have set ourselves up nicely for the challenge of the Sakhir Grand Prix next week. "I was training and making sure I was ready for this and keeping my eye on the ball".

Setting out alongside each other on the second row of the grid, the two could challenge Hamilton on Sunday at a track where the pole-sitter has gone on to win only six of the 15 races to date. Hamilton pitted a second time on lap 36 for hards, as Verstappen pitted again for a second set of hards, which briefly promoted Perez to second until he too stopped a second time with 20 laps to go. He is also seeking to increase his total of wins this season from 10 to a record-equalling 13 triumphs.

Speaking about how he felt after completing his final run in Q3 to overhaul Verstappen, Bottas said: "The end of the Q3 lap was actually really good - it felt like there was not much more to really find". You feel you are extracting everything from the auto, so that is the most confusing part.

Max Verstappen was third ahead of his Red Bull teammate Alex Albon who recovered from his crash in Friday's practice to go fourth quickest. There are little bits everywhere, it's not one thing.

Sergio Perez's Racing Point also caught fire with two laps to go, after teammate Lance Stroll saw his auto turn upside down on the track after a wheel collision with Daniil Kvyat.

By lap 30, Hamilton led Verstappen by 5.3 seconds and appeared to be in control as he sought to become the first man to take a lights-to-flag victory in the event's 11-year history.

"At first I was angry that he had turned across me in the way he did, but that changed as soon as I saw the flames and what happened in my mirrors", Kvyat said.

"If it doesn't work out then I'll keep looking".

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