In his second ever race for Ferrari, Charles Leclerc will start tomorrow’s Bahrain Grand Prix at the front of the grid. The Scuderia have enjoyed a transformation in fortunes since Melbourne, with Mercedes trailing on the second row.
Now the youngest pole-sitter in Formula 1 history, Leclerc dominated both free practice and qualifying, setting the pace in FP1, FP3 and all three qualifying sessions.
He’s joined on the front row by teammate Sebastian Vettel, putting an end to any concern that Ferrari weren’t here to rival Mercedes in 2019.
Hamilton and Bottas took P3 and P4 respectively, after an impressive start to the season two weeks ago.
Max Verstappen faced a fight for fifth from Haas’ Kevin Magnussen, but the Red Bull managed to come out on top.
His teammate Pierre Gasly, however, failed to make Q3 meaning he will start tomorrow’s race in P13.
In a shock to the Renault garage, Nico Hulkenberg didn’t manage to make it out of Q1, being out-paced in qualifying by his new teammate Daniel Ricciardo for the first time.
Ricciardo just missed out on making Q3, meaning he will be starting Bahrain eleventh on the grid.
Williams’ continuing troubles seem to have followed them to the desert, with George Russell and Robert Kubica both starting from the back row.
The lights will go out at Bahrain International Circuit at 16:10 Sunday afternoon.