Max Verstappen, Red Bull, Bahrain International Circuit, 2023

2023 Bahrain Grand Prix grid

2023 Bahrain Grand Prix

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Max Verstappen has taken pole position for the Bahrain Grand Prix for Red Bull ahead of Sergio Perez and Charles Leclerc.

Row 11. (1) Max Verstappen 1’29.708
Red Bull RB19
2. (11) Sergio Perez 1’29.846
Red Bull RB19
Row 23. (16) Charles Leclerc 1’30.000
Ferrari SF-23
4. (55) Carlos Sainz Jnr 1’30.154
Ferrari SF-23
Row 35. (14) Fernando Alonso 1’30.336
Aston Martin-Mercedes AMR23
6. (63) George Russell 1’30.340
Mercedes W14
Row 47. (44) Lewis Hamilton 1’30.384
Mercedes W14
8. (18) Lance Stroll 1’30.836
Aston Martin-Mercedes AMR23
Row 59. (31) Esteban Ocon 1’30.984
Alpine-Renault A523
10. (27) Nico Hulkenberg No time
Haas-Ferrari VF-23
Row 611. (4) Lando Norris 1’31.381
McLaren-Mercedes MCL60
12. (77) Valtteri Bottas 1’31.443
Alfa Romeo-Ferrari C43
Row 713. (24) Zhou Guanyu 1’31.473
Alfa Romeo-Ferrari C43
14. (22) Yuki Tsunoda 1’32.510
AlphaTauri-Red Bull AT04
Row 815. (23) Alexander Albon No time
Williams-Mercedes FW45
16. (2) Logan Sargeant 1’31.652
Williams-Mercedes FW45
Row 917. (20) Kevin Magnussen 1’31.892
Haas-Ferrari VF-23
18. (81) Oscar Piastri 1’32.101
McLaren-Mercedes MCL60
Row 1019. (21) Nyck de Vries 1’32.121
AlphaTauri-Red Bull AT04
20. (10) Pierre Gasly 1’32.181
Alpine-Renault A523

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8 comments on “2023 Bahrain Grand Prix grid”

  1. Red Bull front-row lockout as expected, but Gasly was surprisingly slow.

  2. Surprisingly this early in this season to have five teams line up side by side (Red Bull, Ferrari, Mercedes, Alpha Romeo and Williams). Bad effort by Gasly, Piastri and Magnussen.

    Unfortunate to see Red Bull so strong that Pérez makes it to the front row. Hopefully Leclerc missing his last run flatters them somewhat.

  3. So exactly what was predicted after pre season testing then.

  4. The problem with Bahrain starting the season is that it can give a false impression as it’s a fairly unique circuit in terms of what you need from a good car and especially how it uses tyres. The Aston Martin team has also in it’s various names tended to go fairly well here in part because they always seem to produce a car that is kinder on it’s tyres which is maybe why Fernando has tended to be stronger in sector 3 all weekend so far.

    Additionally they spent 3 days testing here a week ago so it’s not that surprising that things are so close given how setups should all better refined than they will be on other weekends.

    I just think the commentators that are using some of what we have seen so far as proof it’s going to be a super close season with 4 teams & 6-7 drivers in the fight are setting people up for disappointment.

    Need to wait to get to some more normal circuits that are more representative of the wider season.

    1. @PeterG Bahrain might give a false impression, but comparatively less so than Melbourne.

  5. Mercedes can go to hell with their whining. Easily fighting and beating Aston Martin in Q1 and Q2, showing good pace. Alonso barely overtook them in Q3.
    Top 5 for Alonso is good. If it’s true that Ferrari eats the tyres, then he might have a chance for a podium. More realistically, Alonso will be 5-7th. As usual, it depends on the start, race pace, strategy, and pit stops. Aston Martin must be impeccable in all the aspects to beat Mercedes.
    Hulk was mega. I wonder what happened to KMag. Alpine in Q-mode are in the same place as before – fighting for top 10. So, does this make only second time when Alonso signed for a team that’s improved after he came? First was 2010 with Ferrari.

    1. So, does this make only second time when Alonso signed for a team that’s improved after he came? First was 2010 with Ferrari.

      I would say Renault improved when he went there first time, McLaren did, Ferrari did, Alpine stayed 5th in the WCC, now AM.

      It’s not so much that the teams he chooses suddenly tend to take a turn for the worse, it’s that the teams he leaves sometimes improve or he picks the wrong team (turning down Red Bull probably the famous one).

    2. Easily fighting and beating Aston Martin in Q1 and Q2, showing good pace. Alonso barely overtook them in Q3.

      The whole point of Q1 is to get into Q2; the whole point of Q2 is to get into Q3. So what does it matter whether the Aston Martin cars were ahead or behind the Mercedes cars? In Q1 and Q2 the people to beat are those in the bottom 5, who may or may not include your team mate. The fact Fernando qualified ahead of both Mercedes could mean the AM23 is a faster car than the Mercedes W14. It isn’t unreasonable to suspect Lance would have also Qualified ahead of both Mercedes if he didn’t have his injured hand.

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