Red Bull driver Max Verstappen outperformed everyone in the third and final free trials round of the Bahrain Grand Prix in the Formula 1 World Championship for cars, depriving seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton of complete control over the trials. Verstappen covered the 5.4-km-long Sakhir circuit in one minute and 28,355 seconds, ahead of Hamilton, a Mercedes driver, by 0.263 seconds. Hamilton dominated the two rounds of trials on Friday, but paused in his final lap in Saturday’s tour after making a slight mistake in their start. Mercedes’ second driver Valtteri Bottas finished third, 0.366 seconds behind the leaders.
Red Bull II driver Alexander Albon from Thailand gave a strong performance and finished fourth after replacing his chassis after suffering a major accident in the second round. Spaniard Carlos Sainz, a McLaren driver, was in fifth place, directly ahead of France’s Pierre Gasly, an Alpha Tauri driver, while second McLaren driver Lando Norris was seventh. Russian Alpha Tauri driver Daniel Kviat finished eighth, followed by Racing Point drivers Lance Stroll and Sergio Perez.
Despite the Ferrari team dominating the race last year, its drivers did not achieve a good result this time, and its veteran German driver Sebastian Vettel ranked 13th, while his colleague Charles Leclerc, coming from Monaco, came in 15th. All championship drivers.