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OFFICIAL GRID: Who starts where for the 2024 opener in Sakhir, with four teams in the top six

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BAHRAIN, BAHRAIN - FEBRUARY 29: Fernando Alonso of Spain driving the (14) Aston Martin AMR24

It was a 33rd pole position for world champion Max Verstappen in Friday's Sakhir qualifying session, but the Red Bull man had to work for it, with the likes of Ferrari, Mercedes and Aston Martin pushing him hard.

Charles Leclerc starts alongside Verstappen on the front row, with George Russell and Carlos Sainz lining up behind them. Then comes the second Red Bull of Sergio Perez and the green Aston of Fernando Alonso.

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At the other end of the grid, it's set to be a tough race for the Kick Sauber and Alpine teams. For the former, Valtteri Bottas and Zhou Guanyu qualified 16th and 17th respectively. For the latter, Esteban Ocon and Pierre Gasly will form the final row of the grid.

Bahrain 2024

Starting Grid

PositionTeam NameTime
1VER1:29.179
2LEC1:29.407
3RUS1:29.485
4SAI1:29.507
5PER1:29.537
6ALO1:29.542
7NOR1:29.614
8PIA1:29.683
9HAM1:29.710
10HUL1:30.502
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