Although it may seem that it was pre-ordained that Max Verstappen and Red Bull would open the new season with yet another pole, actually this was probably a pole lost by Ferrari and Charles Leclerc. Did Red Bull confidence play a part in Ferrari losing the pole?
Formula 1's season-opening Bahrain Grand Prix is well underway and an exciting first day of practice has turned the formbook on its head...or has it? Here's what our team on the ground learned from practice day:
Red Bull needs to have a handle on the level Daniel Ricciardo and, to a lesser extent, Yuki Tsunoda are operating at, in part with the 2025 F1 season in mind. Its two-team set-up gives it a definitive way of finding out how strong its second line-up is