Formula 1 Qatar GP LIVE: Lewis Hamilton takes pole amid cheating allegations, Max Verstappen pips Valtteri Bottas for 2nd place on grid

Formula 1 Qatar GP LIVE: Lewis Hamilton takes pole amid cheating allegations, Max Verstappen pips Valtteri Bottas for 2nd place on grid
Formula 1 Qatar GP LIVE: Lewis Hamilton takes pole amid cheating allegations, Max Verstappen pips Valtteri Bottas for 2nd place on grid

Formula 1 Live, Qatar GP LIVE: Lewis Hamilton takes pole- Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton set the fastest lap to take pole in the inaugural Qatar GP. In the qualifying session on Saturday, Hamilton breezed past his competition to set 1:20:827s to take the pole ahead of Red Bull and championship rival Max Verstappen. Valtteri Bottas, the other Mercedes driver managed third. Follow Formula 1 live updates on InsideSport.

The reigning world champion had the momentum heading into Q3, having been fastest in each of the previous two segments, and put himself in supreme shape after the first runs with a clinical lap.

Formula 1 Qatar GP LIVE: Lewis Hamilton takes pole amid cheating allegations, Max Verstappen pips Valtteri Bottas for 2nd place on grid

He was then the first to head out for the second and final runs – and found even more time, smashing into the 1m20s (the only driver to do so) to take pole position by nearly half a second from Verstappen.

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The second Mercedes of Valtteri Bottas slotted into third, ahead of Pierre Gasly, who had the shine taken off his stunning performance when he ran well wide at the penultimate corner. That dragged him onto a kerb, which shattered his front wing and led to a puncture.

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Formula 1 Qatar GP LIVE: Lewis Hamilton takes pole amid cheating allegations, Max Verstappen pips Valtteri Bottas for 2nd place on grid

That forced some drivers to back out of their final results, though Fernando Alonso’s first effort was still good enough for a very impressive fifth in what is his second top-five start in the last five races.

Lando Norris put McLaren sixth, to give them the edge in the tight fight with Ferrari for P3 in the constructors’ championship but Carlos Sainz was only a place behind for the Scuderia, as he out qualified his teammate Charles Leclerc for the third successive race.

Yuki Tsunoda continued his great weekend in Qatar with eighth, putting both AlphaTauris in the top 10 for the fourth time in five races.

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Esteban Ocon made Q3 for the first time since Russia and will start ninth with Sebastian Vettel closing out the top 10, following his first Q3 in eight races.

Formula 1 Qatar GP LIVE: Lewis Hamilton takes pole amid cheating allegations, Max Verstappen pips Valtteri Bottas for 2nd place on grid

Title contender Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes set the fourth fastest lap time while also going wide during his 25 laps. But his timings aren’t off the charts and Saturday’s FP3 and qualifying session will give you the full picture.

Formula 1 Qatar GP LIVE: Lewis Hamilton takes pole amid cheating allegations, Valtteri Bottas pips Max Verstappen for 2nd place on grid

Formula 1 Qatar GP LIVE: More off-track drama was delivered before FP2 by the tense press conference involving Mercedes Team Principal Toto Wolff and Red Bull Team Principal Christian Horner, during which it was announced that Mercedes’ right of review over the Lap 48 incident in Brazil had been denied.

Formula 1 Qatar GP LIVE: Lewis Hamilton takes pole amid cheating allegations, Max Verstappen pips Valtteri Bottas for 2nd place on grid

 

Formula 1 Qatar GP LIVE Schedule

  • Main Race- Nov 21
  • Qualifying and Practice 3- Nov 20
  • Practice 1 & 2- Nov 19

Formula 1 Live, Qatar GP LIVE: 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 332.5
2 Lewis Hamilton GBR MERCEDES 318.5
3 Valtteri Bottas FIN MERCEDES 203
4 Sergio Perez MEX RED BULL RACING HONDA 178
5 Lando Norris GBR MCLAREN MERCEDES 151
6 Charles Leclerc MON FERRARI 148
7 Carlos Sainz ESP FERRARI 139.5
8 Daniel Ricciardo AUS MCLAREN MERCEDES 105
9 Pierre Gasly FRA ALPHATAURI HONDA 92
10 Fernando Alonso ESP ALPINE RENAULT 62

 

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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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