F1 QUALIFYING LIVE: Latest updates from Bahrain as Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes bid to pip resurgent Max Verstappen and Red Bull to pole ahead of curtain raiser
All the talking, testing and practice is done, and so Lewis Hamilton’s tilt at World Championship number eight begins here.
The Brit stormed to a record-equalling seventh title in a Mercedes that left the rest of the field in its wake last campaign, breaking all manner of records in the process.
But any notion that he will have it all his own way once more should be defused, with Max Verstappen and Red Bull showing early signs that they could have what it takes to give the reigning king a real fight this time around.
Verstappen topped the timesheet in all three practice sessions and will look to lay down an early marker in Saturday’s qualifying session.
Sportsmail’s OLLIE LEWIS will provide live F1 qualifying coverage including lap times, fastest laps, pit stops and crashes.