Max Verstappen secures pole position for season-opening Bahrain Grand Prix

    Max Verstappen takes pole position during qualifying for the Bahrain Grand Prix.

    (CNN)Max Verstappen secured pole position for the season-opening Bahrain Grand Prix on Saturday, beginning his attempt to win a third consecutive world title in the best possible way.

    He will start Sunday's Grand Prix at the front of the grid, a place ahead of his teammate Sergio Perez, who completed a Red Bull one-two. Ferrari's Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz will start on the second row in third and fourth respectively.
    Fernando Alonso's impressive fifth place in his first qualifying session for Aston Martin further compounded Mercedes' continued troubles, with George Russell and Lewis Hamilton languishing in P6 and P7 respectively.
      "It's been a bit of a tough start to the weekend and today not finding my rhythm, but in qualifying we managed to put the best pieces together and of course very happy to be on pole," Verstappen said, per the BBC.