Max Verstappen beat Method One champion Lewis Hamilton’s main time to go quickest within the closing follow for the Bahrain Grand Prix forward of qualifying later Saturday.
The Crimson Bull driver was .26 forward of Hamilton and .37 forward of Hamilton’s Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas.
Hamilton was quickest in each follow runs on Friday and seemed set to make it a hat trick when he overtook Bottas and Verstappen with about 10 minutes left within the hour-long session. However Verstappen got here again out and returned to the highest of the leaderboard.
Hamilton lately secured a record-equaling seventh F1 title and is bidding for a record-extending 98th profession pole place.
However he might face competitors from Verstappen, who’s bidding for under his third pole.
Alexander Albon’s Crimson Bull was fitted with a brand new chassis after he crashed closely following a mistake within the second follow. Albon drove properly this time and positioned fourth.
Hamilton and different drivers have been complaining in regards to the new Pirelli tires, saying they’re too heavy and Vettel calling them even worse than earlier than.
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