Charles Leclerc found himself surprised by taking the pole position for the Bahrain Grand Prix ahead of Max Verstappen.

The Monegasque achieved the top spot on the grid after setting a lap faster than its Red Bull rival. Leclerc was surprised by the occasion, but of course, welcomed it.

“We were pretty sure that Red Bull was going to be a bit quicker than us in qualifying, but good surprise it wasn’t the case, so now we need to finish the weekend on a high tomorrow,” he said.

The Ferrari driver also reflected on the team’s situation in the past two years, which he says have not been easy, but that he is happy to see improvements.

“The last two years have been incredibly difficult for the team. We were quite hopeful that this new opportunity for us was an opportunity to be back in the front. And I think we’ve worked extremely well as a team to find ourselves again in the position to fight for better places.

“So I’m very happy with today, it’s been a very tricky qualifying session. I wasn’t completely happy with my driving, but managed to do that lap in Q3 and we’re starting from pole, so I’m very happy.”

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