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F1 starting grid: Max Verstappen claims pole position for 2023 Bahrain Grand Prix

Formula One racing is headed to Sakhir for the Bahrain Grand Prix. We’ll update qualifying until we’ve got the full racing grid for Sunday at Bahrain Circuit.

Nico Hulkenberg of Germany driving the (27) Haas F1 VF-23 Ferrari on track during practice ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Bahrain at Bahrain International Circuit on March 03, 2023 in Bahrain, Bahrain. Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images

Q3 results: Max Verstappen was the fastest driver in the final qualifying section and claimed pole position for the 21st time in his career. He will be joined on the front row by Red Bull teammate Sergio Pérez. The second row will be all-Ferrari with Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz finished third and fourth. The full starting grid is below.

Q2 results: The five slowest drivers in Q2 were Lando Norris, Valtteri Botas, Zhou Guanyu, Yuki Tsunoda, and Alex Albon. They will start in positions 11-15 on Sunday.

Q1 Results: Logan Sargeant, Pierre Gasly, Kevin Magnussen, Oscar Piastri, and Nyck De Vries had the slowest times in Q1 and will start in the final five positions for the Bahrain Grand Prix.

Formula One racing has arrived in Sakhir this weekend for the Bahrain Grand Prix. The race will take place on Sunday, March 5 at Bahrain Circuit, getting underway at 10 ET on ESPN2. It will be available for live stream at WatchESPN.

Qualifying will take place Saturday at 10 a.m. ET., also on ESPN2. The 20 drivers will face off for an hour of racing to establish the fastest time and secure pole position. F1 qualifying is broken up into three stages. The first 20 minutes will eliminate five drivers, and the next 15 minutes will eliminate five more. That will leave the remaining ten competing for pole position in Sunday’s race.

Max Verstappen comes into race week as the favorite to win at DraftKings Sportsbook. He’s installed at -150, followed by Charles Leclerc at +425 and Lewis Hamilton at +850. Verstappen also has the best odds of earning the pole position at -115. He is followed by Leclerc (+225), Carlos Sainz (+750) and Sergio Perez (+1000).

Here is the full entry list for Saturday’s Bahrain Grand Prix as qualifying begins. We’ll provide updates with each driver’s time and how the starting lineup settles.

2023 Bahrain Grand Prix final results + starting grid

Car # Driver Finish Start
Car # Driver Finish Start
1 Max Verstappen 1 1
11 Sergio Perez 2 2
14 Fernando Alonso 3 5
55 Carlos Sainz 4 4
44 Lewis Hamilton 5 7
18 Lance Stroll 6 8
63 George Russell 7 6
77 Valtteri Botas 8 12
10 Pierre Gasly 9 17
23 Alex Albon 10 15
22 Yuki Tsunoda 11 14
2 Logan Sargeant 12 16
20 Kevin Magnussen 13 18
21 Nyck De Vries 14 20
27 Nico Hulkenberg 15 10
24 Zhou Guanyu 16 13
4 Lando Norris 17 11
31 Esteban Ocon 18 9
16 Charles Leclerc 19 3
81 Oscar Piastri 20 19