Ferrari Begin 2022 F1 Season With Pole Position For The Bahrain GP

By James Broughton, March 19, 2022

It was a dependable and powerful general performance by Ferrari all through qualifying for the opening race of the 2022 time. Charles Leclerc secured pole posture for the Bahrain Grand Prix in the new period Ferrari, albeit narrowly, from Crimson Bull’s Max Verstappen. Leclerc’s teammate Carlos Sainz was the other close of the Ferrari sandwich in third put while Sergio Perez secured 4th on the grid for Red Bull. Pre-time testing has confirmed what quite a few considered, Ferrari is the King returning to its throne, searching down at the plebs beneath them in the new F1 pecking buy.

Mercedes AMG F1, so dominant over the previous 8 decades, for after, struggled to muster a obstacle. Lewis Hamilton could only manage 5th just in excess of six-tenths away from pole position. Considering Mercedes has struggled to entirely enhance the new ground-impact period chassis during wintertime tests, something over a single 2nd absent from pole would have meant season about.

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Mercedes’s new boy, George Russell, built a slip-up on his closing qualifying operate and relegated himself to 9th on the grid. Mercedes exile, now Alfa Romeo driver, popped up into 6th situation. The Alfa Romeo is a Ferrari in all but title and plainly has benefitted from its near relationship with the Scuderia.

F1 refugee, Kevin Magnussen, piloted his way into 7th, in what is for him an surprising journey. The returnee Hass driver also added benefits from a team that shares components with the Ferrari. And he made good use of the products offered to him. Fernando Alonso underscored that his organic speed is nevertheless a distinct and existing risk. But this in switch confirmed the deficiencies of the Alpine. It’s fair to say Alonso extracted additional out of his car than the Alpine is well worth.

Pierre Gasly rounded up the leading 10 for Alpha Tauri. McLaren was the most significant loser, carrying the struggles of winter screening into the actual-lifestyle world of a Grand Prix qualifying session. Lando Norris could only nourish into 13th although teammate Daniel Ricciardo floundered into 18th for Sunday’s race. Former Red Bull reject AKA F1 returnee, Alex Albon extracted as significantly as probable from his Williams settling for a credible 14th slot on the grid. Teammate Nicolas Latifi starts plumb final.

Aston Martin was nowhere and look set to prop up the back of the field for the foreseeable period in advance. So… Ferrari is now the group to beat on qualifying pace by yourself. They feel to have promising race tempo based mostly on observe race simulations. Nevertheless, this is the very first race of the season, and it is often Sunday when the details are received or shed.

Having said that, two alpha males start 1st and next. How intense will Verstappen be? Leclerc can be just as ruthless if need to have be, but has greater racecraft and possesses more racing etiquette than the current globe winner. How much are they equally keen to chance for the sake of currently being to start with into transform 1?

2022 Bahrain Grand Prix Qualifying:

1. Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1:30.558

2. Max Verstappen Purple Bull .123s

3. Carlos Sainz Ferrari .129s&#13
Sergio Perez Pink Bull .363s

5. Lewis Hamilton Mercedes .680s

6. Valtteri Bottas Alfa Romeo Racing 1.002s

7. Kevin Magnussen Haas 1.250s

8. Fernando Alonso Alpine 1.637s

9. George Russell Mercedes 1.658s

10. Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri 1.780s

11. Esteban Ocon Alpine 1:31.782

12. Mick Schumacher Haas 1:31.998

13. Lando Norris McLaren 1:32.008

14. Alex Albon Williams 1:32.664

15. Guanyu Zhou Alfa Romeo Racing 1:33.543

16. Yuki Tsunoda AlphaTauri 1:32.750

17. Nico Hulkenberg Aston Martin 1:32.777

18. Daniel Ricciardo McLaren 1:32.945

19. Lance Stroll Aston Martin 1:33.032

20. Nicholas Latifi Williams 1:33.634

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