Max Verstappen crashes Red Bull out of qualifying — Bahrain GP

Max Verstappen crashes Red Bull out of qualifying — Bahrain GP

Kimi Raikkonen topped the leaderboard ahead of Ferrari teammate Sebastian Vettel in the second practice session for the Bahrain Grand Prix after Australia's Daniel Ricciardo had given Red Bull an early boost by clocking the fastest time in the opening session.

The Australian was the only representative for the Anglo-Austrian team at the front of the grid after teammate Max Verstappen crashed out in Q1 and will start only 15th as a result.

"It was unfortunate", Verstappen said afterwards.

Lewis Hamilton was fifth quickest in P1, as he welcomes the chance to move on from the disappointment of the opening Grand Prix of 2018.

"But it was like an off and on switch".

The Red Bull mechanics worked through the next hour and a half to try and solve the electrical issue, but were unable to return Verstappen to the track in time to record a P1 lap. "If you don't have a time on the board and have to push, a mistake can happen, but I already set a time", Verstappen points out. It's quite a lot.

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Overtaking - or the lack of it - was on the agenda after the Australian Grand Prix, with Albert Park once again proving to be a notoriously difficult track to pass on with the current generation of car. "I think anyway up to P5 should be alright".

For Red Bull, their hopes of a podium now primarily rest with Ricciardo. Drivers' World champion Lewis Hamilton was fifth 1.212s back in his Mercedes, while Romain Grosjean of Haas came sixth 1.456s behind. He escaped a grid penalty for Sunday's race and Ferrari was instead fined 5,000 euros ($6,100).

There was however a splash of colour and fashion - as there always is with Hamilton - as he wore a checked shirt over his team gear, and a pair of stylish sunglasses. Frustratingly close but encouraging that there's no big gaps.

"I don't think the positions this evening are too important", Ricciardo claimed. And those two are two of the best overtakers on the grid.

"Yesterday our race pace didn't look bad in second practice but it wasn't as good as it was in FP1 or what it is now so it is encouraging to know that I believe our car will be better than it was yesterday".

"We've got more to do overnight and in the session tomorrow to give us a car that will allow us to have a good fight in qualifying and on Sunday".

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