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news.com.au 21 Nov, 2021 23:00 am

F1 Qatar Grand Prix results: Daniel Ricciardo, Lewis Hamilton beats Max Verstappen, Lando Norris tyres

F1 Qatar Grand Prix results: Daniel Ricciardo, Lewis Hamilton beats Max Verstappen, Lando Norris tyres
Lewis Hamilton won Monday’s inaugural Qatar Grand Prix with a commanding performance from pole to cut Max Verstappen’s world championship lead to eight points and set up the kind of thrilling end this unforgettable F1 season deserves.

The Mercedes seven-time title-winner comfortably held off his arch Dutch rival’s Red Bull under the Losail circuit’s lights to leave the battle for the F1 drivers’ crown delicately poised with only two races remaining.” Hamilton’s faster engine, fitted last weekend in Sao Paulo, will likely give Red Bull a tough time again at the ultra quick new circuit in Saudi Arabia in a fortnight’s time ahead of the season-closing race in Abu Dhabi in mid-December.With the new engine fitted before Brazil firing on all cylinders, Hamilton was leaving his Red Bull pursuer for desert dust.Like a game of shadow boxing, Mercedes carried out the same tactics the next time Verstappen pitted, leaving Hamilton to coast to victory and Red Bull puzzling over what they can do to keep their championship hopes alive.

Mercedes did not have all their cards fall kindly for them though this weekend as Valtteri Bottas picked up a late puncture to leave the Silver Arrows with only a five-point lead over Red Bull in the constructors championship.Qatar GP results: Top 10 2) Max Verstappen, Red Bull 4) Sergio Perez, Red Bull 6) Lance Stroll, Aston Martin 10) Sebastian Vettel, Aston Martin

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