Max Verstappen starts at 3.10 p.m. from third starting place at the Bahrain Grand Prix in Formula 1. The Dutch leader of Red Bull has, as so often, the two Mercedes cars in front of him. Lewis Hamilton, who already secured his seventh world title in Turkey two weeks ago, is leaving pole position on the Sakhir circuit.
The 35-year-old Briton was almost three tenths of a second ahead of his Finnish teammate Valtteri Bottas in qualifying. With the title in his pocket, Hamilton can race freely in the last three GPs of the season. Verstappen, who also takes third place in the World Cup position, has his teammate Alexander Albon next to him on the starting line-up. The Thai hopes to be able to race for Red Bull again next season, but he will have to prove himself in the last races of the year.
Another GP in Bahrain is scheduled for next week, but another part of the Sakhir circuit will be used. The final race will be in Abu Dhabi on December 13.