Max Verstappen not only proved himself a favor on Saturday, but also engine supplier Honda by setting the fastest time in qualifying for the Bahrain Grand Prix. It is the first time in thirty years that a car with a Honda engine has reached pole position in the opening race of the Formula 1 season.
The last time was in March 1991 at the Grand Prix of the United States. The late Ayrton Senna took pole position in Phoenix on behalf of McLaren-Honda at the time. The Brazilian then also won the race, just like in the subsequent three Grands Prix.
The 23-year-old Verstappen took pole position in Bahrain with conviction on Saturday. The Dutchman was the fastest in the three free practice sessions and lived up to expectations by setting a winning time of 1.28.997 in the decisive qualifying session.
It is the fourth time that Verstappen has conquered pole position. The last time was in the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix in December 2020, the final race of the previous season. Last year, pole position in fifteen of the seventeen Grands Prix went to Mercedes.
The Bahrain Grand Prix is seven of the sixteen editions won by the pole sitter. One of those victories came in the name of Red Bull; in 2012, Sebastian Vettel drove to victory from first position. The race starts on Sunday at 5 p.m.
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