Lewis Hamilton wins inaugural Qatar F1 Grand Prix

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Lewis Hamilton wins inaugural Qatar F1 Grand Prix

Back-to-back wins relocations protecting champ within 8 points of Verstappen.

Published On 21 Nov 2021

Lewis Hamilton has actually declared an emphatic triumph from pole at the inaugural Qatar Formula One Grand Prix.

Max Verstappen recuperated well from a grid charge to complete 2nd however saw his Formula One champion lead cut to 8 points by Hamilton on Sunday.

Back-to-back wins for the protecting and seven-time champ Hamilton in Brazil and Qatar have actually moved him within 8 points with 2 races left.

Hamilton declared his seventh season win and 102 nd in general ahead of Verstappen at the flood-lit Losail International Circuit where his Mercedes had actually currently transcended over Verstappen’s Red Bull in certifying.

” We required those points today. I can’t wait to see the race replay to discover what occurred behind me,” he stated.

” I’m truly grateful for these points, it’s been a hell of a year. Back-to-back wins. I feel excellent, I feel healthy, fitter than I’ve ever felt. Cause the next 2,” Hamilton included.

Hamilton crosses the goal to win the Qatar Grand Prix [Hamad I Mohammed/Pool/Reuters]

Verstappen, who took a bonus offer point for fastest lap, was struck with a five-place grid charge previously on Sunday and Bottas lost 3 quickly prior to the start as stewards ruled both had actually disregarded yellow flags in certifying– dropping Verstappen from 2nd to seventh and Bottas, who did not end up, from 3rd to 6th.

” Our beginning position was jeopardized, however fortunately we had an actually excellent start,” Verstappen stated.

” Of course, I understand it’s going to be challenging to the end however it keeps it great, keeps it amazing. This track was enjoyable to drive. I feel excellent, however it’s going to be a tight fight to the end.”

Double world champ Fernando Alonso was 3rd for Renault-owned Alpine, the 40- year-old Spaniard’s very first podium surface given that 2014.

Sergio Perez completed 4th to assist Red Bull in its push to beat Mercedes for the builders champion.