Gp Qatar, Hamilton’s pole! Beaten Verstappen and Bottas. Ferrari: Sainz 7, Lecler 13


Lewis Hamilton-Max Verstappen. The protagonists of the Formula 1 world championship will start from the front row tomorrow at the Losail circuit for the Qatar Grand Prix. Pole position to the British, front row to the Dutch who precedes him by 14 points in the world rankings. In the second row the other Mercedes of Valtteri Bottas and an increasingly convincing Pierre Gasly.

Double-faced Ferrari: fourth row and seventh place on the grid for Carlos Sainz, male Charles Leclerc which will start from the seventh row in thirteenth position. Difficulty for the Monegasque who was not at ease on the SF21, between tires never in the right window and a pace that forced him to surrender in Q2. Third row for Alonso and Norris. Tsunoda, Ocon, Vettel, Perez and Stroll will line up in order between the two cars in the Maranello garage, while the Monegasque will share the row with Ricciardo’s McLaren.

For Lewis Hamilton this is pole number 102 in his career. After the start of a less than exciting weekend for his W12, the Stevenage driver conquers the first place on the starting grid by more than four tenths of a second behind the Red Bull of general leader Max Verstappen who had to deal with the limits and problems of his car damaged by the continuous vibrations of aggressive curbs.

At the start, with the long straight before turn 1, it will certainly be a battle between the cars of the two teams that continue to fight off the track amid accusations, appeals and digs. Alongside Bottas will be Pierre Gasly, who at the end of the qualifying session got a puncture a few meters from the finish line causing a yellow flag that forced many to abort the lap.

Hamilton: “In the pits until midnight to improve”

«We had a difficult Friday, it went better in qualifying. I stayed until midnight in the Mercedes garage with the engineers, who always work a lot. Together with them, I was looking for some changes that could help us improve. Looking at the qualifying times, we found the right things and they worked ». So Lewis Hamilton at the end of qualifying for the Qatar GP.

Then Hamilton added: «The night between Thursday and Friday I didn’t sleep well, I had a stomach ache, I was tired. Then the next night I rested well, it was a good pole, also thanks to the team’s indications I never found traffic. The race? It’s a fast circuit, I don’t think it will be easy for those behind, but the tire degradation doesn’t seem excessive to me ».

Verstappen: “We are missing something on the pass”

The leader of the World Championship, who leads at +14 over Hamilton, was of few words after the second position obtained in qualifying: «We are missing something on the pace, it is evident. In qualifying it was seen that we struggle but I’m still second, so that’s okay for now. Going into the race at the first corner? Difficult to say, there are no precedents here, I don’t know what kind of strategy we will have ». The third is the Finnish teammate of Hamilton, who underlines: “Have a good weekend, I had some problems in qualifying but we are first and third, we start on the clean side and against Verstappen we will be able to play as a team”.


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