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Red Bull driver Ricciardo fourth on grid for Bahrain GP with Verstappen in sixth.
Red Bull Racing’s Daniel Ricciardo split the two Ferraris in Saturday qualifying to seal a second-row spot for Sunday’s 2017 Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix with Max Verstappen sixth as Scuderia Toro Rosso struggled.
Carlos Sainz could not make it out of Q1 after a power failure in the last moments, leaving Daniil Kvyat as the sole Scuderia Toro Rosso in Q2.
The Russian battled gamely, but went wide late in his final lap to give Renault duo Nico Hulkenberg and Jolyon Palmer enough scope to nip in ahead of him for the last session.
Both Red Bulls looked in good shape after the opening two sessions, however could not bridge the Q3 gap to Mercedes and Sebastian Vettel in his Ferrari.
Australian Ricciardo just managed to edge ahead of Kimi Raikkonen in the second Ferrari thanks to a quick lap of 1:29.545 to book the second row for race day alongside Vettel.
Dutchman Verstappen will start sixth on Sunday after he comfortably held off Hulkenberg, Felipe Massa’s Williams, the Haas of Romain Grosjean and Briton Palmer.
It was Finn Valtteri Bottas, though, who managed to secure his first ever #f1 pole position with a flying lap of 1:28.769 to beat team-mate Lewis Hamilton by just 0.023s and lock out the front row for Mercedes.
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