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Bahrain Qualifying Race – Verstappen takes pole position ahead of teammate Perez – Sport

Bahrain Grand Prix Qualifying – Verstappen takes pole ahead of teammate Perez – Sport – SRF

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Max Verstappen starts the season opener in Bahrain ahead of team-mate Sergio Perez from the front row.

The world champion in the past two years also starts the new season from pole position. Red Bull driver Max Verstappen (NED) was a tenth of a second faster than Mexican teammate Sergio Perez in qualifying in Bahrain. With a time of 1:29.708 minutes, the 25-year-old was much faster than in a test drive a week earlier at the same venue.

The Ferrari duo followed around Monegasque Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz of Spain in third and fourth. With fifth place on the grid, Fernando Alonso confirmed the strong impressions the Spaniard and his new Aston Martin team had left during testing and training sessions on the desert circuit had left in Sakhir.

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You can watch the first race of the season on Sunday from 3:15pm live on SRF Zwei and in the Sports app.

Mercedes back

English duo George Russell and Lewis Hamilton showed significant improvement from Friday’s practice session with sixth and seventh places, but the Silver Arrows were far from the top spot.

In the Alfa Romeo team, Valtteri Bottas won the duel against Guanyu Zhou by a hair’s length. The Finn will start the first of 23 races of the season from 12th on Sunday, with the Chinese close behind.

Second SRF, sportlive, Mar 4, 2023, 4:00 p.m.;

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