Bahrain Grand Prix 2018 LIVE: Follow the action as Lewis Hamilton chases Sebastian Vettel | F1 | Sport


Sebastian Vettel managed to pip his Ferrari team-mate Kimi Raikkonen to pole in yesterday’s qualifying and the Scuderia team have looked fast all weekend.

But there were just four tenths separating the top five drivers on their fastest laps and on a circuit with plenty of tight bends and chances to overtake there could be plenty of movement at the top of the grid.

While Hamilton starts ninth, it will be worth keeping one eye on Max Verstappen who crashed out in Q1 and will begin the race 15th on the grid.

The young Dutch driver has proven in his first few seasons in Formula One that he isn’t shy from going on the offensive and he will have to do just that to claw his way back up the pack.

Follow our live blog right here for all the latest action from today’s Bahrain Grand Prix, which gets underway at 4.10pm BST.

Bahrain Grand Prix 2018 LIVE

4.14pm: Lights out and they’re off! 

4.10pm: The cars head out on their formation lap so we’re just moments from the race getting underway.

4pm: The question on everyones minds, namely the Ferraris, will be what strategy Hamilton opts for today.

He starts the race on the soft tyres and could go with a one-stop to get on the mediums for the final stage to make up some ground in the free air.

But his strategy could ultimately change depending on how well he gets off the line.

3.55pm: Just 15 minutes until the lights go out and the action gets underway in Bahrain and it looks like perfect race conditions.

Sun setting, temperature dropping and not a spot of rain in sight. Got to say the Formula One cars look incredible under the lights.

3.46pm: This is how the top 10 look on the grid:

1st Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari), 2nd Kimi Raikkonen (Ferrari), 3rd Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes), 4th Daniel Ricciardo (Red Bull), 5th Pierre Gasly (Toro Rosso), 6th Kevin Magnussen (Haas), 7th Nico Huldenberg (Renault), 8th Esteban Ocon (Force India), 9th Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes), 10th Carlos Sainz (Renault)

3.40pm: The Australian Grand Prix might have been the official opening of the 2018 season but it’s here in Bahrain where we’re set to see plenty of action.

It is one of the best circuits on the calendar for overtaking and qualifying has set the grid for an exciting race.

This is the season’s first night race and the fifth time the Bahrain Grand Prix has been staged under the lights.

3.30pm: The two weeks since the Australian Grand Prix now feel a lifetime ago but we’re back for race day in Bahrain this time.

Unlike in Australia, you haven’t had to get up early to follow the action. Instead you can kick back, enjoy your Sunday roast and keep me company for this afternoon’s race. It promises to be a thriller!

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