Lewis Hamilton wins Qatar Grand Prix to cut Max Verstappen’s championship lead to

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Verstappen completed virtually 30 seconds behind Hamilton in second, however was spectacular in clawing his means again from seventh, having been being given a grid penalty after qualifying.

The Crimson Bull driver additionally took residence the bonus level for posting the quickest lap within the closing levels to additional restrict the injury on what threatened to be a tough weekend.

This 12 months’s title race is ready to go all the way down to the wire with simply two grands prix remaining this season in Saudi Arabia and Abu Dhabi.

“It was fairly simple, it is fairly lonely on the entrance,” Hamilton instructed Sky Sports activities. “After all I take pleasure in these races … we would have liked these factors in the present day, so a very stable job from the group.

“I cant wait to observe a replay of the race to see what occurred behind me. I am actually grateful for these factors. It places us in good stead for the following two.”

Lewis Hamilton celebrates on the podium after winning the Qatar Grand Prix.

Regardless of seeing his lead lowered for the second consecutive race, Verstappen was sanguine concerning the weekend’s outcomes.

“After all our beginning place was a bit compromised, however we had a very good begin,” Verstappen mentioned. “On the finish of the day to get that quickest lap was good, it is going to be tough to the top.

“It should be thrilling. I really feel good, it is gonna be a good battle to the top.”

Fernando Alonso took a formidable third place with Alpine, marking his first podium end since 2014 when he was driving for Ferrari.

The Spaniard was visibly ecstatic with the consequence, main him to drop an F-bomb on the dwell broadcast.

Crimson Bull’s Sergio Perez could not fairly struggle his well beyond Alonso and needed to accept fourth place, with Esteban Ocon rounding off a superb weekend for Alpine by coming fifth.

Lance Stroll, Carlos Sainz, Charles Leclerc, Lando Norris and Sebastian Vettel accomplished the purpose locations.

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