Max Verstappen Red Bull Bahrain Grand Prix

Max Verstappen delivered some much-needed relief for his Red Bull team when he claimed pole position for Saturday’s Bahrain Grand Prix. Image: @Max33Verstappen

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Max Verstappen delivered some much-needed relief for his Red Bull team when he claimed pole position for Saturday’s Bahrain Grand Prix.

Max Verstappen Red Bull Bahrain Grand Prix

Max Verstappen delivered some much-needed relief for his Red Bull team when he claimed pole position for Saturday’s Bahrain Grand Prix. Image: @Max33Verstappen

Max Verstappen delivered some much-needed relief for his Red Bull team on Friday when he resisted Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc to claim pole position for Saturday’s season-opening Bahrain Grand Prix.

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The defending three-time world champion picked up where he left off last year by topping the times in a closely-contested qualifying session at the Bahrain International Circuit at Sakhir.

Verstappen clocked a fastest lap of 1:29.179 to beat Leclerc by 0.228 in the final seconds of the session, securing his third Bahrain pole and the 33rd of his career.

The reason the opening race of the season will take place on a Saturday is due to the knock-on effect of thee holy month of Ramadan starting next weekend.

The Bahrain Grand Prix at the Bahrain International Circuit will be the first of a record 24 races in the 2024 season.

The lights are due to go out at 17:00 (SA time).

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As a reminder, last year’s Bahrain Grand Prix was won by Red Bull’s Max Verstappen, with team-mate Sergio Perez in second and Aston Martin’s Fernando Alonso in third.

Grid for Saturday’s Bahrain Grand Prix

Front row

Max Verstappen (NED/Red Bull)

Charles Leclerc (MON/Ferrari)

2nd row

George Russell (GBR/Mercedes)

Carlos Sainz (ESP/Ferrari)

3rd row

Sergio Perez (MEX/Red Bull)

Fernando Alonso (ESP/Aston Martin)

4th row

Lando Norris (GBR/McLaren)

Oscar Piastri (AUS/McLaren)

5th row

Lewis Hamilton (GBR/Mercedes)

Nico Hulkenberg (GER/Haas)

6th row

Yuki Tsunoda (JPN/RB)

Lance Stroll (CAN/Aston Martin)

7th row

Alex Albon (THA/Williams)

Daniel Ricciardo (AUS/RB)

8th row

Kevin Magnussen (DEN/Haas)

Valtteri Bottas (FIN/Sauber)

9th row

Zhou Guanyu (CHN/Sauber)

Logan Sargeant (USA/Williams)

10th row

Esteban Ocon (FRA/Alpine)

Pierre Gasly (FRA/Alpine)