Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc beat team-mate Sebastian Vettel to take his maiden pole position at the Bahrain Grand Prix.
The Monegasque, 21, beat the four-time world champion by 0.294 seconds as Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas took third and fourth for Mercedes.
Leclerc was fastest in all three parts of qualifying, a powerful statement of intent.
Hamilton was 0.324secs behind, pipping Bottas by just 0.66s.
Leclerc said: “I am truly happy. In the last race I was not satisfied with my qualifying and I worked really hard to do better.
“Seb is an amazing driver and I have learned a lot from him and I will learn from him all year. But today is a good day for me.”
Vettel, who had only one run in final qualifying, said: “In the end, Charles did a very good job today and he deserves to be on pole. I felt happy with my only run and we are in a good place for the race.”
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