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Ferrari's Leclerc takes maiden pole in Bahrain

Bahrain GP qualifying - 1 Charles Leclerc, 2 Sebastian Vettel, 3, Lewis Hamilton

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.”

More to follow.

This article is from the BBC Sport website / - Ferrari's Leclerc takes maiden pole in Bahrain

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