Bahrain GP 2022: Who will take the first pole of the new season?

Charles Leclerc and Max Verstappen look well suited to fight for pole in Bahrain after Lewis Hamilton struggled for pace in testing

The Bahrain Grand Prix
The Bahrain Grand Prix

The new season of this brand new era of F1 will start in Bahrain next weekend. The pre season testing both in Barcelona and Bahrain has been indicative of what we can expect but we also know that we can expect the unexpected based on previous experiences. Each team is capable of coming up with a surprise on their day and especially with the massive overhaul in regulations, anything is possible.

But, we can only predict the contenders for pole based on the immediate evidence in front on us. The immediate evidence is how the teams have performed in both Barcelona and Bahrain testing. Some new names have emerged and some old ones have continued their impressive showing. The two stand out drivers that look most likely to take pole are Charles Leclerc and the current world champion Max Verstappen.

Let’s start with Charles Leclerc. Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc has been on fire every time he has stepped out on the track. The Monocan helped Ferrari to top more sessions than any other team which has sent a strong message to most teams that Ferrari is out of the hole and mean business this season after being in a transition phase for the best part of five years. But, Charles Leclerc and Ferrari look rejuvenated and when we add Carlos Sainz to the mix, they look like the complete package.

“Ferrari was strong in both Barcelona and Bahrain with Carlos Sainz and Charles Leclerc constantly in the top three of the timings.”

“Most teams on the grid have singled Ferrari out as being a contender for race wins in the first few races of the year.”

Charles Leclerc and Max Verstappen look well suited to fight for pole in Bahrain after Lewis Hamilton struggled for pace in testing

Ferrari, Mercedes and Red Bull
Ferrari, Mercedes and Red Bull

Now coming to Red Bull and Max Verstappen. We all know what the world champion is capable of and he continued to build on the strong foundation of last year. Max Verstappen did the fastest lap of 1.31.270 with absolute ease and without dropping a sweat. This proposition might be scary as he trundled through the test before showing putting the foot on the accelerator during the end shows how confident ha and Red Bull is.

“Even when Verstappen was third fastest on day two in Bahrain, the world champion said the car was quick without even trying. An ominous message.” As reported by gpfans.

Lewis Hamilton will always be in the mix but the early signs for Mercedes are worrying as they seemed to have fallen behind both Red Bull and Ferrari. Therefore, it could be a battle between the Milton Keynes outfit and the Italian giants for pole in Bahrain.

Also Read: Mercedes Pre-Season Testing: What we learnt from Lewis Hamilton and George Russell’s W13 runs in Bahrain