Max Verstappen crashes Red Bull out of qualifying — Bahrain GP

Max Verstappen crashes Red Bull out of qualifying — Bahrain GP

Daniel Ricciardo set the pace in Formula 1's first practice session of the weekend in Bahrain, with current drivers' championship leader Sebastian Vettel in fourth.

Verstappen's car ground to a halt on the final strait, and his humiliation was complete when he had to push the Red Bull - with the help of the martials - back to the garage amid 30 degree heat in the Gulf desert.

Ricciardo's team-mate Max Verstappen crashed out of qualifying's first session but Ricciardo was keen to congratulate Red Bull's junior team, Red Bull Toro Rosso Honda.

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Ricciardo is optimistic of a good result in tomorrow's race, citing Aston Martin Red Bull Racing's practice race-pace as the reason.

"A little bit of luck with a Safety Car would be good". That means despite locking out the front row, the Ferraris are unlikely to disappear into the distance.

"We definitely have got some work to do", Hamilton said. "At that point in qualie, that lap was never going to be a quicker lap". But I couldn't finish the lap.

Dane Kevin Magnussen was ninth in the second Haas ahead of German Nico Hulkenberg in the second Renault. The British driver had a tricky session, twice taking his Mercedes too wide on corners and finishing more than one second behind Ricciardo. But this has nothing to do with this spike in power, it was just the power of the engine. I think they did get better compared to last year.

"We don't think we'll have to take a grid penalty, so we'll see".

Bahrain is certainly a much better circuit for overtaking on than Melbourne's Albert Park Circuit.

"I think after changing the car after the shorter runs - while I was still finding my feeling with the car on this track - we were actually pretty fast in the long runs, so that's always good for the race".

The Aussie topped first practice in the daytime, beating the Mercedes of Valtteri Bottas by three tenths, but was then only sixth and nine tenths off the pace in the evening FP2.

"It was the same mapping, it was just to try and calibrate".

But he will now be bumped down the order following an unscheduled gearbox change on his Mercedes. "That might make it a bit more difficult, but it'll be more exciting too". Gasly put in 26 laps during the 90 minutes, the joint third most out of the 20 drivers on the grid.

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