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Formula 1: Vettel on pole in Bahrain as Ferrari sweeps the front row

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Scuderia Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel scored the pole for Sunday’s Bahrain Grand Prix in a front row lockout for Ferrari, as teammate Kimi Raikkonen qualified second and will flank Vettel at the head of the grid.

Vettel’s time of 1:27.958 was the only lap in the 1:27 bracket in Q3, bettering Raikkonen’s time by .143 seconds, and was the fastest lap ever turned around the Bahrain International Circuit.

The Mercedes AMG Petronas duo of Valtteri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton were third and fourth, though Hamilton will get a five-place grid penalty for a gearbox change.

Red Bull Racing’s Daniel Ricciardo was fifth, while Scuderia Toro Rosso’s Pierre Gasly scored an impressive sixth, and Hamilton’s penalty means that Gasly will start fifth come Sunday’s race, an outstanding result for both Gasly and Toro Rosso.

The rest of the Top 10 from Q3 were Haas F1 Team’s Kevin Magnussen in seventh, Renault Sport F1 Team’s Nico Hulkenberg in eighth, Sahara Force India’s Esteban Ocon in ninth, and Renault’s Carlos Sainz Jr. in tenth.

Of note: the lone incident of qualifying came during Q1, when Red Bull driver Max Verstappen crashed exiting Turn 2. Verstappen’s car broke loose, sending him spinning across the track and into the barriers, damaging the front wing and left-front suspension.

Though his Q1 time was good enough to advance him into Q2 – Verstappen was fourth at the time – his car was too damaged to continue, and he will start 15th.

Results are below. The Bahrain Grand Prix begins Sunday at 11:00 a.m. ET.


Steve Torrence takes NHRA points lead with Gatornationals victory

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Two-time defending NHRA Top Fuel champion Steve Torrence took the points lead Sunday in the AMALIE Motor Oil Gatornationals, beating his father, Billy, in the final round at Gainesville Raceway.

Torrence had a 3.809-second run at 322.11 mph to win for the third time this year and 39th overall. He is now on track for another championship despite missing the season opener.

“We’ve got some good momentum and to be in the points lead, it’s a testament to how hard these guys work,” Steve Torrence said after the NHRA Gainesville victory. “We’ve just got to stay focused and concentrate on what the task at hand is, and that’s trying to win a championship. These guys give me an unbelievable race car and you just try not to screw it up.”

Ron Capps won in Funny Car, Alex Laughlin in Pro Stock and Matt Smith in Pro Stock Motorcycle.

Capps raced to his second win this year and 66th overall, beating Tim Wilkerson with a 3.937 at 323.12 in a Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat.

Laughlin topped Aaron Stanfield with a 7.068 at 204.76 in a Chevrolet Camaro for his first win this season and fourth in his career. Smith rode to his first victory in 2020 and 25th overall, topping Andrew Hines with a 6.843 at 196.99 on an EBR.