Lewis Hamilton already knew he would be starting from a lowly grid position as a result of a five-place grid penalty incurred for an unscheduled gearbox change, but ninth place is still surprising given the advantage he held during qualifying in Australia.
Verstappen was certainly hoping to make the most of the opportunities available to him on race day.
The Red Bull mechanics worked through the next hour and a half to try and solve the electrical issue, but were unable to return Verstappen to the track in time to record a P1 lap.
From 15th on the grid, Verstappen will need to show all of the overtaking skill that makes him one of the most exciting drivers to watch, but he certainly has the vehicle to do it.
Daniel Ricciardo expressed mixed emotions at Red Bull's pace during qualifying for the second round of the season in Bahrain.
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Both Aubameyang and Granit Xhaka forced top end saves out of McCarthy in the first three minutes of the second half. Shane Long gave them the lead after 17 minutes, nipping in ahead of defender Shkodran Mustafi.
All of the top drivers set their times on the soft compound, with Valtteri Bottas in second, the Ferrari duo of Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel following in third and fourth, respectively, and Lewis Hamilton in fifth. He escaped a grid penalty for Sunday's race and Ferrari was instead fined 5,000 euros ($6,100).
"I think tomorrow we'll be better than sixth for sure, and the race will be better than that again". However, they around a second a lap adrift of the top three. It meant that he wasn't able to take part in Q2, and at best will now start from 15th place on the grid. That shows how Gasly had to deliver and he duly did, with an impressive final run putting him best of the rest behind the Ferraris, Mercedes and Ricciardo.
I think anywhere up to P5 should be alright but we'll see.
"We definitely have got some work to do", Hamilton said.
"I think that it's never happened for me in my livelihood, something such as this".
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Previous year he said that there was "a six in ten chance" he would move to Manchester United only to sign a contract extension with Atletico .
"I'm still confident that we'll have a good auto", Ricciardo said.
In the background, Toro Rosso-Honda and Haas impressed, while McLaren lost touch with those two teams after a promising start.
The second practice session will start at 4 p.m. BST (11 a.m. ET). Hamilton was over a second off Ricciardo's lap and eight-tenths off the time set by Vettel in fourth. "And this track you can overtake at". But this is a race that should provide much more wheel-to-wheel action.
The Dutchman got out and helped marshals push the vehicle back to the pitlane.
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