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Bahrain Grand Prix 2021

Starting grid: F1 2021 Bahrain Grand Prix

After the first qualifying session of the 2021 F1 season in Bahrain, this is how the drivers will line up for the opening race.

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The 2021 F1 season is officially underway, with qualifying for the Bahrain Grand Prix providing some fascinating results. Max Verstappen delivered on the promise Red Bull showed in pre-season testing by taking pole position, but the Mercedes duo of Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas are not far behind in second and third.

Ferrari had a positive session, with Charles Leclerc starting the race from an impressive fourth, whilst new teammate Carlos Sainz lines up in eighth, just one spot ahead of fellow Spaniard Fernando Alonso on his return in the Alpine.

Sergio Perez had a disappointing qualifying and ended up in 11th, whilst George Russell again showed his talent by taking 15th in the Williams. The race could prove tough for Sebastian Vettel though, who begins his Aston Martin career down in 18th place.

Update: Aston Martin's Sebastian Vettel has been given a five-place grid penalty for ignoring yellow flags and will now start the race from 20th place.

See the full starting grid for the 2021 Bahrain Grand Prix below.

2021 Bahrain Grand Prix starting grid

Position Driver Team
1. Verstappen Red Bull
2. Hamilton Mercedes
3. Bottas Mercedes
4. Leclerc Ferrari
5. Gasly Alpha Tauri
6. Ricciardo McLaren
7. Norris McLaren
8. Sainz Ferrari
9. Alonso Alpine
10. Stroll Aston Martin
11. Perez Red Bull
12. Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo
13. Tsunoda Alpha Tauri
14. Raikkonen Alfa Romeo
15. Russell Williams
16. Ocon Alpine
17. Latifi Williams
18. Schumacher Haas
19. Mazepin Haas
20. Vettel* Aston Martin

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