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Hamilton wins Qatar GP as Alonso returns to F1 podium | Autocar India

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Revealed On Nov 21, 2021 10:47:00 PM

Hamilton slashes Verstappen’s championship lead all the way down to eight factors with two extra rounds to go.

Lewis Hamilton took a dominant win on the inaugural F1 Qatar GP, to chop into Max Verstappen’s championship lead. Fernando Alonso completed third for Alpine, securing his first podium since his F1 return.

  • Hamilton wins, 25.743 secs from Verstappen
  • Alonso on podium for first time since 2014
  • A number of drivers endure punctures

Hamilton closes title hole to Verstappen

Main the race from pole place, Hamilton managed the tempo out at entrance to cruise to victory. The reigning world champion is on a cost to get well misplaced championship floor to Verstappen and that is his second consecutive win following his Brazil GP triumph final week. With this, he’s additionally change into the primary F1 driver to win at 30 completely different circuits.

“We wanted these factors at the moment,” Hamilton admitted after the race. “I can not wait to observe the race replay to seek out out what occurred behind me. I am actually grateful for these factors, it has been a hell of a yr. Again to again wins right here, really feel good. I really feel match, fitter than I’ve ever felt. Convey on the subsequent two!”

Verstappen needed to concentrate on injury limitation after being dropped to seventh on the beginning grip for failing to decelerate for double waved yellow flags in qualifying. He jumped to fourth at the beginning itself and it wasn’t lengthy earlier than he handed Pierre Gasly and Alonso to maneuver as much as second place.

Whereas he couldn’t fairly seize the race win, he did bag the one extra level for setting the quickest lap. With simply two extra races to go, each level may show to be essential.

Alonso nurses tyres for podium return

Tyres proved to be a serious speaking level of the race as Valtteri Bottas, George Russell and Nicholas Latifi all suffered front-left punctures. McLaren additionally pitted Lando Norris later within the race because of a suspected puncture.

The strain was on Alonso to nurse his tyres and he adopted an aggressive one-stop technique to beat Sergio Perez. Luck was on the Spaniard’s aspect because the digital security automotive was activated as Latifi stopped on the Flip 6 hairpin. This helped Alonso maintain on to 3rd place, as he scored his first podium end result because the 2014 Hungarian GP.

Perez climbed from P11 to fourth, whereas Esteban Ocon completed fifth to assist Alpine transfer 25 factors away from closest rivals AlphaTauri within the standings. Lance Stroll took sixth place for Aston Martin, adopted by the Ferrari duo of Carlos Sainz and Charles Leclerc.

Norris was ninth after his late pitstop, whereas Sebastian Vettel recovered from a poor begin to end 10th.

2021 F1 drivers’ championship standings

Verstappen’s championship lead has now been slashed from 14 to eight factors. There are simply two extra rounds to go and the title battle is barely getting tighter. Up subsequent is the first-ever Saudi Arabian GP on December 5.

2021 Qatar GP outcomes

2021 Qatar GP outcomes
Pos Driver Group
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes
2 Max Verstappen Pink Bull Racing
3 Fernando Alonso Alpine
4 Sergio Perez Pink Bull Racing
5 Esteban Ocon Alpine
6 Lance Stroll Aston Martin
7 Carlos Sainz Ferrari
8 Charles Leclerc Ferrari
9 Lando Norris McLaren
10 Sebastian Vettel Aston Martin
11 Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri
12 Daniel Ricciardo McLaren
13 Yuki Tsunoda AlphaTauri
14 Kimi Raikkonen Alfa Romeo
15 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo
16 Mick Schumacher Haas
17 George Russell Williams
18 Nikita Mazepin Haas
NC Nicholas Latifi Williams
NC Valtteri Bottas Mercedes

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