The Asturian pilot Fernando Alonso (Alpine) will start this Sunday from ninth position after a great performance in the classification of the Bahrain Grand Prix. Just ahead you will find the Madrid native on the starting grid Carlos Sainz, who was not entirely satisfied with his debut with Ferrari.
Sainz, in his first qualifying session with the ‘Scuderia’, had to settle for eighth place after commanding the times table at the end of Q2 and Alonso, very determined on his return to Formula 1, will start ninth in his first race after two years away from the ‘Great Circus’.
At the front of the grid will come ‘Mad Max’, who achieved the fourth first position of his career, after beating at the last moment, with a time of 1: 28.997, the time of the British Lewis hamilton (Mercedes), second and that will accompany him in the first row of the grid.
On the contrary, the four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel, on his debut with Aston Martin, and the Mexican Sergio perez (Red Bull) were the two big disappointments of the session; the German did not pass Q1 and will start eighteenth and ‘Checo’, who has managed to win a steering wheel in the team of the energy brand, fell in Q2 and will start the eleventh appointment.
A top of the Russian Haas Nikita Mazepin marked the start of the fight in Sakhir, where the Dutchman Max Verstappen (Red Bull), the dominator of the free third parties, set the first great benchmark time in Q1. In fact, his 1: 30.499 earned him to finish the first round in front, while the reigning champion remained third while waiting.
For its part, Alonso was seventh and Sainz hid his intentions outside the ‘Top 10’, after setting off the alarms when his car was stopped in the pits, while the Asturian’s partner, Esteban Ocon (Alpine), as well as Nicholas Latifi (Williams), Sebastian Vettel (Aston Martin), Mick Schumacher (Haas) and Mazepin, they said goodbye to the fight for pole.
With a tire dance, he started Q2, and, dressed in the middle, Hamilton unseated Verstappen from the top of the timesheets, with a 0.233 advantage over the Dutchman.
The Spaniards, with the soft specification, then showed their cards; the Madrilenian rose to fifth place, while the two-time world champion rose to sixth place. Everything jumped into the air when, with the clock at zero, Sainz managed to place first: there would be a fight in Q3.
Along the way, Sergio Pérez (Red Bull) stayed, Antonio Giovinazzi (Alfa Romeo), Yuki tsunoda (AlphaTauri), Kimi raikkonen (Alfa Romeo) and George Russell (Williams), who no longer participated in the batch that would order the top ten positions.
However, the fight for pole came down to Hamilton and Verstappen, with the Dutchman prevailing. Meanwhile, the Finn Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes) and the Monegasque Charles Leclerc (Ferrari) will dominate the second row of the grid, and the French Pierre Gasly (AlphaTauri), the Australian Daniel Ricciardo (McLaren), the British Lando norris (McLaren), Sainz, Alonso and the Canadian Lance Stroll (Aston Martin) closed the ‘Top 10’.