In a ding-dong battle between Ferrari and Red Bull in Qualifying for the 2022 Bahrain Grand Prix, Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc bagged the first pole position of the 2022 Formula 1 season ahead of world champion Max Verstappen.

The Mercedes’ seven-time champion Lewis Hamilton wasn’t in the fight for pole, but was best of the rest as he finished fifth, behind the Red Bulls and Ferrari cars.  

Formula 1 newcomer Guanyu Zhou will start 15th on his Alfa Romeo debut, while Alex Albon made 14th on his F1 return. Mick Schumacher put in an excellent performance for Haas he came in 12th with Lando Norris’ McLaren just behind in 13th. 

McLaren struggled in Q1 with Daniel Ricciardo only managing to put his car 18th, while both Aston Martin’s were eliminated early on as Nicholas Latifi in the Williams will start last. 

F1 Bahrain GP 2022 – Qualifying Results

PosDriverTeamQ3 time
1Charles LeclercFerrari1:30.558
2Max VerstappenRed Bull+0.123
3Carlos SainzFerrari+0.129
4Sergio PerezRed Bull+0.363
5Lewis HamiltonMercedes+0.680
6Valtteri BottasAlfa Romeo+1.002
7Kevin MagnussenHaas+1.250
8Fernando AlonsoAlpine+1.637
9George RussellMercedes+1.658
10Pierre GaslyAlphaTauri+1.780
11Esteban OconAlpineEliminated in Q2
12Mick SchumacherHaasEliminated in Q2
13Lando NorrisMcLarenEliminated in Q2
14Alexander AlbonWilliamsEliminated in Q2
15Guanyu ZhouAlfa RomeoEliminated in Q2
16Yuki TsunodaAlphaTauriEliminated in Q1
17Nico HulkenbergAston MartinEliminated in Q1
18Daniel RicciardoMcLarenEliminated in Q1
19Lance StrollAston MartinEliminated in Q1
20Nicholas LatifiWilliamsEliminated in Q1