Live: Max Verstappen back in the lead


So far, Verstappen has had an excellent weekend in Bahrain. After the Dutchman recorded the fastest time in all three free practice sessions, he shot to pole position in a clear round on Saturday during qualifying. The Red Bull driver was almost four tenths faster than reigning world champion Lewis Hamilton. Valtteri Bottas will start third on Sunday afternoon.

Despite the fact that the 23-year-old Dutchman was not yet carried away in all the euphoria, after all, no point has been taken yet, his face spoke volumes after qualifying. He was of course delighted with his pole.

Max Verstappen will start from pole position this afternoon during the first race of the season.

Max Verstappen will start from pole position this afternoon during the first race of the season.

Verstappen’s new teammate Sergio Perez starts from a disappointing eleventh place. The Mexican was contracted by Red Bull last winter and has to give the Dutchman ‘back cover’. With an eleventh place on the grid, that seems a difficult task, but Verstappen is not concerned. “I don’t generally need any help, as long as the car is strong enough. If the car is good, I can do it myself. ”

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