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Bahrain Speed Trap: Who is the fastest of them all?

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Bahrain's Sakhir circuit is far from being the fastest track on the F1 calendar but the layout, with its mix of straights and heavy braking, still offers a few opportunities to let the power do the talking.

Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen was the fastest man down the main straight yesterday in qualifying, just inching out the Mercedes-powered Force India of Esteban Ocon.

The pink outfit's cars are usually found at the top of speed trap's readings, but Sauber's C37 - as poor as its overall qualifying pace was yesterday - made good use of its new-spec Ferrari power, with Charles Leclerc breezing down the straight with the third fastest top speed.

As the other end of the spectrum, just like in Melbourne, the McLaren duo of Fernando Alonso and Stoffel Vandoorne conceded a deficit of approximately 17 km/h.

For all the downforce which slows their MCL33 in a straight line, it sure isn't helping the pair's cause elsewhere on the track, a logical outcome however given the amount of slow corners.

Alonso said McLaren was always going to be challenged in Bahrain, and he was right...

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