Formula 1 Qatar GP LIVE: Lewis Hamilton closes gap on Max Verstappen, clinches dominant win in Qatar Grand Prix

Formula1 Qatar GP LIVE streaming: Lewis Hamilton ready to overtake Max Verstappen, resurrect record 8th championship title
Formula1 Qatar GP LIVE streaming: Lewis Hamilton ready to overtake Max Verstappen, resurrect record 8th championship title. [Pic credits: Sky Sports]

Formula1 Qatar GP LIVE streaming: Hamilton vs Verstappen- Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton has closed the gap to title rival Max Verstappen following a dominant victory in the inaugural Qatar Grand Prix at the Losail International Circuit, with Verstappen recovering from a grid drop that saw him start P7 to finish second, as Alpine’s Fernando Alonso took the final podium position. Follow all the live updates on InsideSport.IN

Formula 1 Qatar GP LIVE: Lewis Hamilton closes gap on Max Verstappen, clinches dominant win in Qatar Grand Prix

Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton has closed the gap to title rival Max Verstappen following a dominant victory in the inaugural Qatar Grand Prix at the Losail International Circuit, with Verstappen recovering from a grid drop that saw him start P7 to finish second, as Alpine’s Fernando Alonso took the final podium position.

After a clinical start from pole position, Hamilton was able to control the pace at the front of the field, his second in a row after Brazil. But while Hamilton was impressive, so too was Verstappen, who was dropped from P2 to seventh on the grid for failing to respect double waved yellow flags in qualifying.

“Verstappen shrugged off the disappointment, though, jumping to P4 at the start before quickly making his way up to second, before following Hamilton home to limit the damage to his title lead, which now stands at eight points as Verstappen claimed the fastest lap bonus point,” stated an official F1 report.

Meanwhile, there was joy down at Alpine as Alonso returned to the podium for the first time since the 2014 Hungarian Grand Prix, the Spaniard having executed an aggressive drive to survive late-race pressure from Red Bull’s Sergio Perez to take third.

Perez’s fourth place was a decent recovery considering he’d started P11, while he finished ahead of the Alpine of Esteban Ocon, with Lance Stroll taking P6 for Aston Martin.
The Ferrari pair of Carlos Sainz and Charles Leclerc were P7 and P8. Lando Norris took P9 after a late stop for the McLaren driver, as Sebastian Vettel took the final points-paying position for P10 – with Pierre Gasly failing to make a two-stop strategy work, dropping from P2 on the grid to P11, allowing Alpine to move clear of AlphaTauri in P5 in the standings.

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Hamilton is in pole position for the inaugural Qatar Grand Prix with a stunning display of dominance under the floodlights on Saturday. Max Verstappen qualified a distant second but faces a stewards’ enquiry before Sunday’s race and risks a grid drop.

Qatar Grand Prix results

POS NO DRIVER CAR LAPS TIME/RETIRED PTS
1 44 Lewis Hamilton MERCEDES 57 1:24:28.471 25
2 33 Max Verstappen RED BULL RACING HONDA 57 +25.743s 19
3 14 Fernando Alonso ALPINE RENAULT 57 +59.457s 15
4 11 Sergio Perez RED BULL RACING HONDA 57 +62.306s 12
5 31 Esteban Ocon ALPINE RENAULT 57 +80.570s 10
6 18 Lance Stroll ASTON MARTIN MERCEDES 57 +81.274s 8
7 55 Carlos Sainz FERRARI 57 +81.911s 6
8 16 Charles Leclerc FERRARI 57 +83.126s 4
9 4 Lando Norris MCLAREN MERCEDES 56 +1 lap 2
10 5 Sebastian Vettel ASTON MARTIN MERCEDES 56 +1 lap 1
11 10 Pierre Gasly ALPHATAURI HONDA 56 +1 lap 0
12 3 Daniel Ricciardo MCLAREN MERCEDES 56 +1 lap 0
13 22 Yuki Tsunoda ALPHATAURI HONDA 56 +1 lap 0
14 7 Kimi Räikkönen ALFA ROMEO RACING FERRARI 56 +1 lap 0
15 99 Antonio Giovinazzi ALFA ROMEO RACING FERRARI 56 +1 lap 0
16 47 Mick Schumacher HAAS FERRARI 56 +1 lap 0
17 63 George Russell WILLIAMS MERCEDES 55 +2 laps 0
18 9 Nikita Mazepin HAAS FERRARI 55 +2 laps 0
NC 6 Nicholas Latifi WILLIAMS MERCEDES 50 DNF 0
NC 77 Valtteri Bottas MERCEDES 48 DNF 0

 

2021 Driver Standings:

With Lewis Hamilton’s victory in Brazil GP, Verstappen will be under pressure to come out on top at Qatar GP. The duo share a points difference of just 14 points with Red Bull driver with an advantage.

POS DRIVER NATIONALITY CAR PTS
1 Max Verstappen NED RED BULL RACING HONDA 351.5
2 Lewis Hamilton GBR MERCEDES 343.5
3 Valtteri Bottas FIN MERCEDES 203
4 Sergio Perez MEX RED BULL RACING HONDA 190
5 Lando Norris GBR MCLAREN MERCEDES 153
6 Charles Leclerc MON FERRARI 152
7 Carlos Sainz ESP FERRARI 145.5
8 Daniel Ricciardo AUS MCLAREN MERCEDES 105
9 Pierre Gasly FRA ALPHATAURI HONDA 92
10 Fernando Alonso ESP ALPINE RENAULT 77
11 Esteban Ocon FRA ALPINE RENAULT 60
12 Sebastian Vettel GER ASTON MARTIN MERCEDES 43
13 Lance Stroll CAN ASTON MARTIN MERCEDES 34
14 Yuki Tsunoda JPN ALPHATAURI HONDA 20
15 George Russell GBR WILLIAMS MERCEDES 16
16 Kimi Räikkönen FIN ALFA ROMEO RACING FERRARI 10
17 Nicholas Latifi CAN WILLIAMS MERCEDES 7
18 Antonio Giovinazzi ITA ALFA ROMEO RACING FERRARI 1
19 Mick Schumacher GER HAAS FERRARI 0
20 Robert Kubica POL ALFA ROMEO RACING FERRARI 0
21 Nikita Mazepin RAF HAAS FERRARI 0


Formula 1 LIVE streaming

You can watch all the LIVE action from Qatar GP on Star Sports, Hotstar in India. The final race will take place on Sunday, November 19.

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Formula 1 Qatar GP LIVE: Lewis Hamilton closes gap on Max Verstappen, clinches dominant win in Qatar Grand Prix

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