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Red Bull gap to rivals could make for compelling Bahrain GP





SAKHIR, Bahrain -- A couple of days ago, Max Verstappen winning the opening race of the Formula One season seemed like sport's surest bet. Many went further, believing Red Bull's performance in preseason testing seemed strong enough to write off the season entirely and name Verstappen a four-time world champion.

The opening three practice sessions of the new season combined with Friday's qualifying session painted a much closer competitive picture between Red Bull and its closest rivals, though. Although it's true that Verstappen took his 33rd career pole position by more than 0.