F1 2024 Bahrain GP Starting Grid – Final Grid Positions

Max Verstappen didn't top either Q1 or Q2 but made it count when it really mattered in qualifying for the 2024 Bahrain GP

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The starting grid for the 2024 Bahrain Grand Prix will be as the 20 Formula drivers finished qualifying, with no penalties handed out by the stewards, meaning Max Verstappen will keep his 33rd career pole position.

That landmark puts him ahead of Nigel Mansell and draws Verstappen level with Jim Clark and Alain Prost – though there’s a big jump up to Sebastian Vettel – fourth in the all-time list on 57 poles.

And no matter how many the Dutchman takes in future he’ll likely always be behind Clark in at least one regard – the Scot took those pole positions in just 73 entries at a percentage of 45.21% while Verstappen took 186 races to reach that tally.

Charles Leclerc joins him on the front row as Ferrari‘s charge for pole faltered, and Carlos Sainz starts fourth alongside George Russell.

But the biggest surprise is on the fifth row of the grid – Lewis Hamilton was meant to be in that battle for the front row but made his setup too race-focussed compared to Russell while Nico Hulkenberg turned an expected Q1 exit into tenth place.

2024 Bahrain GP starting grid

PosDriverTeam
1Max VerstappenRed Bull
2Charles LeclercFerrari
3George RussellMercedes
4Carlos SainzFerrari
5Sergio PerezRed Bull
6Fernando AlonsoAston Martin
7Lando NorrisMcLaren
8Oscar PiastriMcLaren
9Lewis HamiltonMercedes
10Nico HulkenbergHaas
11Yuki TsunodaRB
12Lance StrollAston Martin
13Alex AlbonWilliams
14Daniel RicciardoRB
15Kevin MagnussenHaas
16Valtteri BottasSauber
17Zhou GuanyuSauber
18Logan SargeantWilliams
19Esteban OconAlpine
20Pierre GaslyAlpine
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An international multi-award-winning journalist, Adam Dickinson has written for Total-Motorsport.com since June 2022 and also contributes to TNT Sports, Eurosport and the Rugby Paper. He's also had articles published in the Daily Telegraph and several local newspapers, and previously worked for Last-Lap.co.uk and FeederSeries.net in motorsport and graduated with a First-Class Journalism Degree from the University of Sheffield having also studied in Oklahoma. Adam started watching F1 by accident in 2007, catching the last race in Indianapolis, and attended his first race as a journalist at the 2023 British Grand Prix.
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