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Bahrain GP: Lewis Hamilton untouchable in qualifying for 98th F1 pole position

No let-up from F1’s new seven-time champion with a 10th pole of the 2020 season; Bottas denies Verstappen place on front row with final lap; Ferrari suffer fresh double Q2 elimination; Watch Sunday’s race from 2.10pm on Sky Sports F1, with build-up from 12.30pm

Last Updated: 28/11/20 3:26pm

Lewis Hamilton saw off a challenge from his rivals to claim the 98th pole of his F1 career for his first race as seven-time world champion at the Bahrain GP.

Hamilton topped all three qualifying sessions under the Sakhir lights and was ultimately untouchable in the decisive Q3 phase to seal his 10th pole of the year from Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas by 0.289s with a lap of 1:27.264

Max Verstappen had been Hamilton’s closest challenger up to the final laps but was demoted to third by Bottas, 0.414s off pole.

Alex Albon recovered from his costly crash on Friday to ensure a second-row lockout for Red Bull in an important, if distant, fourth place.

Bahrain GP: Lewis Hamilton untouchable in qualifying for 98th F1 pole position

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Sergio Perez was just 0.1s adrift of Albon and won the midfield fight again to take fifth for Racing Point ahead of Renault pair Daniel Ricciardo and Esteban Ocon, who were split by a mere 0.002s.

McLaren had looked strong in practice but Lando Norris was their lead car in ninth after Carlos Sainz spun out at the start of Q2 with an apparent technical problem on his car.

Bahrain GP: Lewis Hamilton untouchable in qualifying for 98th F1 pole position

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After a strong start from McLaren in qualy Carlos Sainz goes spinning in Q2 meaning, he won’t start higher than 15th tomorrow.

After a strong start from McLaren in qualy Carlos Sainz goes spinning in Q2 meaning, he won’t start higher than 15th tomorrow.

Sainz will start no higher than 15th.

Ferrari locked out the front row on F1’s last visit to Bahrain in March 2019 but, despite showing recent improvement with the SF1000, the power-sensitive track again laid bare their 2020 frailties and both their drivers were knocked out in Q2.

More to follow…

Bahrain GP Qualifying result
1) Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes
2) Valtteri Bottas, Mercedes
3) Max Verstappen, Red Bull
4) Alexander Albon, Red Bull
5) Sergio Perez, Racing Point
6) Daniel Ricciardo, Renault
7) Esteban Ocon, Renault
8) Pierre Gasly, AlphaTauri
9) Lando Norris, McLaren
10) Daniil Kvyat, AlphaTauri
Knocked out in Q2
11) Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari
12) Charles Leclerc, Ferrari
13) Lance Stroll, Racing Point
14) George Russell, Williams
15) Carlos Sainz, McLaren
Knocked out in Q1
16) Antonio Giovinazzi, Alfa Romeo
17) Kimi Raikkonen, Alfa Romeo
18) Kevin Magnussen, Haas
19) Romain Grosjean, Haas
20) Nicholas Latifi, Williams




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