Ferrari's Leclerc storms to first F1 pole in Bahrain

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Mercedes dominated the show at the season-opening Australian Grand Prix and stayed ahead of a disappointing Ferrari, who fell off the pace.

However, Verstappen has revealed details of some of the issues the team had, which means that he has contrasting emotions heading into the race on Sunday.

"It could be a number of things, but I am really, really grateful for where our vehicle is and where it enabled us to be today".

Richards, a former F1 team boss who will be in Bahrain this weekend, added: "It is early days, and Lewis's priority is to win a couple more world championships, but I am quite certain that he will be looking for a legacy".

Hamilton, who is the first and only black driver in F1, says it is "crazy" that racism is still "very, very prominent" in sport. "So I just hope that in the race, with the medium tyre, it will be more competitive".

FP2 took place at the same time as qualifying and the race, leading Ferrari to use more soft tires, while its rivals carried out just one low-fuel run on softs.

"This is great for the team, great for him". "I am truly happy", he said. "But in the end I think Charles did a very good job today, and he deserves to be on pole".

"We thought we were closer than we thought it would be after testing, and all of a sudden they lost a bit of performance in [FP3], which we were not expecting".

Current Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc is the first FDA graduate to have been promoted to the Maranello team.

The temptation, if the mindset is that they see Vettel as their likely main title contender given Leclerc's inexperience, might be to find a way to get the German ahead during the race - for example on strategy at the pit stops.

And come next week, we'll see them together again.

It is a number that has seen Hamilton rise through the ranks of the junior karting scene in the Champions of the Future series back in 1996, to now, where he has claimed five F1 world championships and is the highest paid driver on the planet. "We know we need to improve if we are to fight for pole".

"Thanks guys! The auto was fantastic", Leclerc said over the team radio after his track record time of one minute 27.866 seconds. "We are going into tomorrow thinking we have a auto that can fight for the race win".

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