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Charles Leclerc Takes a fantastic first Pole Position for Ferrari in Bahrain

By Harry Schofield

Ferrari Claim a spectacular front row lock out headed by new boy Charles  Leclerc.

Sebastian Vettel did not have a answer for him finishing 0.294 seconds behind him.

Charles added insult by going even quicker on his last lap, Sebastian could not match his pace.

Hamilton and  Bottas occupy the 2nd row of the grid with Verstappen 5th 0.886 off Leclerc’s time.

Kimi Raikkonen in his Alfa Romeo is in 9th place and will certainly be one to watch from the start in tomorrows s race.

Its Game on and Mercedes are 0.294 seconds off the pace, but race pace is a totally different ball game.

When we look at tyre wear, engine modes, and of course how fragile the Mercedes aero package is following other cars,it is going to be important for both the Mercedes to jump the Ferraris in the start tomorrow.

Ferrari are quick, but 1 lap qualifying mode is totally different to consistency in a race, remember 3 engines to last all season, Ferrari needed headlines and they have got them, The championship is not won in the first few races but decisions made today about engine modes, mapping and power output can make good headlines but when we get to the end of the year and mechanical failures happen, common sense always prevails and Mercedes have the thinking to do that, not chase the headlines.

Bahrain 2019 Qualifying Results:

1 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1:27.866

2 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 0.294s

3 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 0.324s

4 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 0.390s

5 Max Verstappen Red Bull 0.886s

6 Kevin Magnussen Haas 0.891s

7 Carlos Sainz McLaren 0.947s

8 Romain Grosjean Haas 1.149s

9 Kimi Raikkonen Alfa Romeo Racing 1.156s

10 Lando Norris McLaren 1.177s

11 Daniel Ricciardo Renault 1:29.488

12 Alex Albon Toro Rosso 1:29.513

13 Pierre Gasly Red Bull 1:29.526

14 Sergio Perez Racing Point 1:29.756

15 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso 1:29.854

16 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo Racing 1:30.026

17 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1:30.034

18 Lance Stroll Racing Point 1:30.217

19 George Russell Williams 1:31.759

20 Robert Kubica Williams 1:31.799

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