Leclerc gets first pole at Bahrain GP

SAKHIR, Bahrain — Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc confirmed he is a driver to be reckoned with by taking his first career pole position at the Bahrain Grand Prix on Saturday.

Leclerc topped all three sections of qualifying, having already been quickest in two of the three practice sessions.

“The car was amazing,” Leclerc said. “A lot of emotions, I’m trying to stay as cool as possible.”

Ferrari secured a 1-2 on the grid as four-time Formula One champion Sebastian Vettel qualified in second place. Although Vettel was later summoned to stewards for driving unnecessarily slowly on an in lap during qualifying, no action was taken against him.

Lewis Hamilton was third, followed by Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas. Red Bull’s Max Verstappen qualified fifth followed by Haas driver Kevin Magnussen.