Mazepin had a tricky start to his F1 qualifying career, spinning twice in Q1 and even bringing out the yellows as the chequered flag fell which foiled a few flying laps from his rivals. Formula 1 returns in 2021 with a zaftig 23 race schedule, starting with the Bahrain Grand Prix on March 28, and concluding with the costomary Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on Dec. 12. (Photo by Mario Renzi - Formula 1/Formula 1 via Getty Images), BAHRAIN, BAHRAIN - MARCH 27: Nicholas Latifi of Canada driving the (6) Williams Racing FW43B Mercedes on track during qualifying ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Bahrain at Bahrain International Circuit on March 27, 2021 in Bahrain, Bahrain. share. I’ll try to make the most of the position we’re starting from on the grid– I think there’s clearly an opportunity for us and I will do everything possible to get as many points as I can for the team.”, “I’m a bit disappointed if I’m honest, I showed I had the pace on the medium tyre in Q1 and I felt confident with our strategy going into Q2, but I just didn’t have the grip during those final laps. Posted on 7th April 2021, 13:50 Author Dieter Rencken Categories 2021 Brazilian Grand Prix, 2021 British Grand Prix, 2021 F1 season articles, 2021 Italian Grand Prix, F1 news Tags 2021 f1 season, F1, formula 1, formula one. 2021 Bahrain Grand Prix - Post Qualifying Discussion. Q1 pin. The Bahrain International Circuit is the setting for the Formula 1 season opener in 2021, with qualifying set to get underway on Saturday afternoon. (Photo by Clive Mason - Formula 1/Formula 1 via Getty Images), BAHRAIN, BAHRAIN - MARCH 27: Lance Stroll of Canada and Aston Martin F1 Team walks in the Paddock before final practice ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Bahrain at Bahrain International Circuit on March 27, 2021 in Bahrain, Bahrain. Starting on old soft tyres though, he’s going to have a tough time of it tomorrow to keep the Red Bull of Perez behind from the off. RACE CENTRE: Bahrain Grand Prix, qualifying, live timings. Click to see spoiler. Check the Formula 1 2021 calendar for an … We need to keep fine tuning our package to be able to be consistently in the top ten and regularly fight for points, but we have definitely made some big moves in the right direction.”, BAHRAIN, BAHRAIN - MARCH 27: Kimi Raikkonen of Finland driving the (7) Alfa Romeo Racing C41 Ferrari during qualifying ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Bahrain at Bahrain International Circuit on March 27, 2021 in Bahrain, Bahrain. I think we should be satisfied as a team with the step we made since last year, so to be so far forward on the grid feels great. On a positive note, the car felt better in qualifying and all the work we have done since testing is taking us in a good direction, so we have the potential to be faster. “It’s a pleasant relief to get the first quali out of the way and get a decent result. After Tsunoda lit up the timing screens in FP3, it was all eyes on AlphaTauri as qualifying began. New to Kayo? ", "Today was a lot better than testing. Bahrain Grand Prix, Friday 26th March 2021. We know there’s still a lot of work to be done, but we cannot deny that the first real comparison with our opponents proves that our efforts seem to be going in the right direction, although a clearer picture of the hierarchy will only emerge after three or four races. Both drivers put in excellent laps to get us into Q3 and then to P6 and P7 on the grid. It will be a massive challenge for us to beat them but we’re starting from the best possible place.”, BAHRAIN, BAHRAIN - MARCH 27: Sergio Perez of Mexico and Red Bull Racing prepares to drive in the garage during qualifying ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Bahrain at Bahrain International Circuit on March 27, 2021 in Bahrain, Bahrain. Verstappen tops Hamilton in F1 Bahrain GP qualifying Formula 1. The Brit, 36, moved level … Green Flag. Six different teams in the top 10 today and it's clear that simply being "good" will not be good enough this year. Formula 1 chief executive officer Stefano Domenicali appears to have cleared the final hurdle for Formula 1's sprint qualifying trial in 2021. I think we’re still in a reasonable position and have the potential to make our way forward during the race.”, “We were fairly happy with the performance of both car’s this morning – having dealt with the problem on Yuki’s car overnight – and both drivers seemed happy with their cars during FP3. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images). He’s only had 1.5 days of testing and everything is very new for him in terms of how the car feels, but he will be competitive in the race tomorrow and should not be counted out. (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images), BAHRAIN, BAHRAIN - MARCH 27: Carlos Sainz of Spain driving the (55) Scuderia Ferrari SF21 during qualifying ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Bahrain at Bahrain International Circuit on March 27, 2021 in Bahrain, Bahrain. Using the links above you can find the full weekend schedule, including details of practice and qualifying sessions, support races, press conferences and special events, plus the latest news headlines, circuit information and F1 race results. All-in-all the result doesn’t look great, but the guys now have their first qualifying under their belt. We even got really close to the top 10 and to miss out on Q3 for less than a tenth really shows the progress we have made compared to last year. Download or subscribe. Formula 1 2021 Qualifying Race Live Telecast Information: F1 Bahrain GP 2021 Qualifying race Live telecast information is here. Even though we have made a step closer to the front of the field, the Alfa has made an even greater step, so I wasn’t expecting to get into Q2 today. Today, we saw the first fruits of this work and we hope to see more tomorrow, when the points are given out. After seeing his first lap time deleted in Q2 for exceeding track limits, the pressure was on and the Mexican opted to remain on the slower medium tyre for his next run. We have been struggling all weekend to find the right balance of the car, as well as get some consistency and driveability. The Red Bull driver will start from P1 for the first time in Bahrain. (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images). It was the 64th pole for the Red Bull Racing team. "There will be time to analyse qualifying in depth next week, but now I want to switch my full focus to tomorrow’s race. Posted by 2 days ago (NON TORRENT) F1 Bahrain Qualifying 2021. The sample of one provided by the Bahrain Grand Prix certainly suggests so. Post Qualifying. 93% Upvoted. We need to put everything together – strategy, start, pit stops – and get the maximum out of our cars, but we can definitely aim for the points.”, “Our target was to put both cars in Q2 and we did it. Max Verstappen beat Lewis Hamilton to the first pole position of the new Formula 1 season, as the Red Bull driver topped 2021 Bahrain Grand Prix qualifying by over 0.3s. Obviously, the temperature had dropped down and the wind had turned around, and these Formula 1 cars are very wind-affected. I had an issue with my brake-by-wire and I locked-up on the rears at Turn 1. level 1. Red Bull driver Max Verstappen scored his 4th F1 pole position of his career, during the 2021 Bahrain Grand Prix qualifying session today. Just at the end I couldn't get any more from it but still, it was exciting. In Q3, our tyre strategy meant Lance was only able to run once, but 10th on the grid leaves him well placed for tomorrow and he will be in the hunt for points. In general, I was happy with my performance today, I’d say I was about 95 percent happy with my lap. Great work from the whole team, along with our colleagues from Mercedes, which allowed us to execute three very good qualifying sessions. Add in that on race pace they look much closer to their rivals, and all is not lost ahead of the first race of the season. Qualifying: 0:00 - 1:00 JST; Race: 20:30 - 22:30 JST; Monday 29th March 2021. 752 shares. Follow your favorite team and driver's progress with daily updates It’s a shame to not be starting the race further up the grid but we know the race pace is there, so let’s see what we can do tomorrow. Dropping behind a Ferrari and an AlphaTauri wasn’t part of the plan, but it is a solid enough opening for the team as they seek a good start to their defence of third in the constructors’ championship tomorrow. Today helps us confirm the positive feeling we had after testing: we have improved compared to last year and we feel we can have a lot more fun this season. Includes a corner-by-corner analysis together with dates and start times for all the sessions, together with details of previous winners of the race and current lap record. My main focus is to learn and to gain experience and build on that for the future.”, “The conditions in qualifying were very tricky, they’d changed a lot from FP3. The AMR21 felt good, but we have got plenty of work ahead to keep improving and to try and push back towards the top end of Q3. Browse through 2021 Formula 1 Bahrain GP results, statistics, rankings and championship … It paid off for Gasly who made the top 10, but not the rookie. You never really know where you are at the first race of the year when the fuel comes out and the engine modes are turned up. He’s done everything asked of him so far this weekend, and now just needs to deliver on race day. "I don’t want to do somersaults or backflips just yet, but it’s certainly a nice start for the campaign and I think we’ll do alright tomorrow. Throughout qualifying I was feeling more and more comfortable. Qualifying takes place during cooler track conditions here in Bahrain, but both cars performed well in Q1. Honda have also been working very hard this winter, just like every year. The track ramped up, the soft-shod runners swept ahead and that left Perez tumbling down the order and out of the top 10 on his qualifying debut for Red Bull. The Brit, 36, moved level … We made some steps forward but we couldn't compete with that last lap Max did. Q1 Tsunoda couldn’t find the grip when it mattered and was a surprise Q2 faller. Sort by. The wind switched around 180 degrees and the car handled completely differently, but I still struggled out there. There is still no guarantee for the rest of the year but everyone here and back at the factory have done a great job to give me a car like this and they should be very proud. “It’s a great feeling to be on pole and I haven’t experienced a season start like this. I am really pleased we managed to put a clean lap together, get the most out of it and sneak into Q2. Verstappen tops Hamilton in F1 Bahrain GP qualifying. HIGHLIGHTS, Hamilton wins epic season opener by just 0.7s after thrilling battle with Verstappen in Bahrain, HIGHLIGHTS: Watch all the action from the Bahrain GP as the fight for victory went down to the last lap. Pierre made that work – he was one of four drivers to get through to Q3 on the mediums – however, Yuki wasn’t able to extract the best from the tyre in the second session. We've got a good platform to build on now, I’m really happy with how we approached it as a team, not putting too much pressure on me. It’s going to be a tough, long race but we need to capitalise where we can and not make any mistakes. Latifi managed to beat the Haas pair but could have a long afternoon of it towards the back of the field. At least they know how do to that now.”, BAHRAIN, BAHRAIN - MARCH 27: Mick Schumacher of Germany driving the (47) Haas F1 Team VF-21 Ferrari during qualifying ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Bahrain at Bahrain International Circuit on March 27, 2021 in Bahrain, Bahrain. Sunday 28th March 2021. Sadly, the form of their new driver remains just that, Vettel’s flying lap in Q1 ruined by yellow flags. The Bahrain International Circuit is the setting for the Formula 1 season opener in 2021, with qualifying set to get underway on Saturday afternoon. It’s not always easy to recover from that, but we managed to have a very strong Q2. Two cars into the top 10, and it was the new boy Ricciardo who ended up pipping his team mate by just 0.047s to sixth on the grid. We might not be on pole but we have two cars at the front and an extra set of the hard tyres, so hopefully we can create some opportunities from that.