When the lights are out, Lewis Hamilton gets off to a good start and flies away never to be worried about the whole Grand Prix. Behind, however, the battle rages on.
Bottas in perdition
The biggest disappointment comes from Valtteri Bottas. The Finnish driver, who started 6th, had a very bad start and found himself 11th after the first lap! Gasly, well placed in the front row, is passed by Alonso part behind him in 3rd position.
Verstappen begins its ascent
Max Verstappen starting from 7th place made an excellent start as he quickly found himself 4th! From the 5th lap, he is already in second position, but Hamilton has had time to take cover and will remain unattainable. The two leading drivers in the world championship are on another planet and will do the entire Grand Prix with a very large lead over the rest of the field.
Alonso on the podium!
But for the rest of the peloton, the race is lively. The biggest performance came from Fernando Alonso, who crossed the finish line in third position. This is the Spanish’s first podium since 2014! With a one-stop strategy, he was able to resist Sergio Pérez in the final laps, despite heavily worn hard tires.
The right operation for Alpine
Alpine is having an excellent operation this weekend. Sebastian Ocon indeed finished 5th after a good fight at the end of the race with the Mexican driver. Unable to compete with the top speed of the Red Bull, he was finally forced to let it pass.
The French team takes the lead against AlphaTauri in the constructor championship which does not score a point on the Losail track. Gasly, yet part 2, was the victim of a two-stop strategy and finally failed out of points in 11th position.
The tires suffered on this brand new circuit with aggressive vibrators. Bottas, well back in 3rd position, suffered a puncture on lap 35. Coming out of the pits 14th, he still ended up giving up shortly after.
Many other riders suffered tire problems. Lando Norris, George Russell and Nicholas Latifi also saw their left front wheel sag in the final loops. The latter failed to reach the pits. He was forced to leave his car on the edge of the track on lap 55, which led to a virtual safety car regime.
The full classification of the 2021 Qatar GP
- Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes
- Max Verstappen – Red Bull
- Fernando Alonso – Alpine
- Sergio Pérez – Red Bull
- Esteban Ocon – Alpine
- Lance Stroll – Aston Martin
- Carlos Sainz Jr – Ferrari
- Charles Leclerc – Ferrari
- Lando Norris – McLaren
- Sebastian Vettel – Aston Martin
- Pierre Galsy – AlphaTauri
- Daniel Ricciardo – McLaren
- Yuki Tsunoda – AlphaTauri
- Kimi Raikkonen- Alfa Romeo
- Antonio Giovinazzi – Alfa Romeo
- Mick Schumacher – HAAS
- George Russell – Williams
- Nikita Mazepin – HAAS
- Nicholas Latifi – Williams (abandon)
- Valtteri Bottas – Mercedes (abandon)
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